MATT. SCHULER is one of the successful miners
of the Nome country. He is a pioneer Alaskan, having spent ten years in the
northern country. He was born in Siskiyou County, California, November 19, 1870.
He was educated in the public schools of California and in Atkinson's Business
College in Sacramento. After working at farming a short time he went to Alaska
in 1890 via Chilkoot Pass and down the Yukon. He camped and ate dinner on the
banks of the Yukon where Dawson now stands, before the discovery of gold in the
Klondike country. His objective point in Alaska was Circle City. Mr. Schuler engaged in the business of teaming in Circle, and was the owner of the first wagon on the Yukon. After the strike at Dawson he made big money out of the teaming and freighting business. In those days the price received for a day's work with a team was $100. He went from Circle to Dawson in June and remained there until the spring of 1900, when he came to Nome.
He is associated in mining enterprises with W. J. Black. Owning an interest in
No. 7 Dexter Creek, he opened that claim. He and Mr. Black sunk two shafts on what
is known as Summit Bench between Dexter Creek and Specimen Gulch. The first shaft
was 106 feet deep and did not strike the pay-streak. At a depth of eighty-six feet splendid
pay was found in the second shaft. Mr. Schuler is an owner in two 160-acre tracts on
Arctic Creek. This property has from four feet to seven feet of pay gravel which yields
a profit operated by sluice-boxes and the shoveling-in method.
Mr. Schuler is an industrious, a highly esteemed and an honorable man, who has
assisted to sink his share of prospect holes in the country. It is the men of this character
who find the pay-streaks. The successful prospector must attain to success by the same
method by which success is achieved in any other line of business. This method may be
summed up in one little word which possesses a great deal of significance, work.
Source: Nome and Seward Peninsula by R. S.
Harrison. Seattle: The Metropolitan Press, 1905.