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Anton C. "Frank" Schow

ANTON C. SCHOW is the owner of large mining interests in Seward Peninsula. He is better known as Frank Schow. In his younger days he went to sea as a sailor, and when the crew was drawn up in line and the mate asking each one his name, several slanting-browed natives of Portugal gave their names as Anton. When the mate asked Mr. Schow his name, he promptly replied, Frank, and by the name of Frank he has since been known.

Mr. Schow is a native of New York, and was born August 25, I860. He was educated in the public schools, and went to sea when he was fourteen years old. He followed the sea for seven years. After 1 876 his home was in California. He was assistant foreman for Goodall, Perkins & Company, of San Francisco, at their Broadway wharf, prior to the discovery of gold in the Klondike. Upon receipt of the news of the Dawson strike in 1897 he started for that region. He and thirty-nine other men paid $500 each for the schooner South Coast, in which they embarked for St. Michael. At St. Michael he realized that the plans of the company would not enable him to get to Dawson that season, so he shipped as a mate on one of the river steamers. On the way up he purchased five tons of outfits for $300, and when he arrived in Dawson with them he was offered $8,500 for the supplies they contained. These supplies included 2.200 pounds of flour, and he refused an offer of $4,400 for this flour. Mr. Schow is an Elk, and he held the flour for the accommodation of his brothers in the order.

He engaged in mining in the Klondike country, and during his residence there owned twelve mining claims, but they were all "dead ones." He came down the river during the summer of 1899, arriving in Nome June I. Shortly after his arrival the beach diggings were struck, and Mr. Schow claims the distinction of having weighed the first product of the beach, which consisted of dust valued at fifty-two dollars.

In 1899 he got a bench claim off Discovery Claim on Anvil Creek. This claim adjoins the property wheie the big nugget was found. Mr. Schow sold this claim in 1903 for $32,000 cash. He is now interested in 6,000 acres of mining land in various parts of Seward Peninsula, and is an owner in some valuable water rights. In the fall of 1 899 Mr. Schow went to the states and took a trip to Europe. He was the first man to go to Europe on money made in Nome.

Frank Schow is a whole-souled, generous man. He is a plunger as his extensive holdings in mining property in this country would indicate. If this property prove to be as good as the prospects indicate he will make a big stake.  


Source: Nome and Seward Peninsula by R. S. Harrison. Seattle: The Metropolitan Press, 1905.



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