Robert Neil Simpson
R. N. SIMPSON is connected with the commercial inter- ests of Nome, being associated with one of the largest mercantile and transportation companies of Seward Peninsula. He had the foresight to see the benefits to be derived from a street railway in Nome and secured from the Nome Council a franchise for a street railway. This is the first franchise of this character ever granted in Alaska.
R. N. Simpson was born in Oakland, California, March 17, 1867. His father, Thomas B. Simpson, was a well known mining man of that state, being largely interested in the Blue Gravel Mine at Smartsville and the Excelsior Ditch at the same place. During ten years of R. N. Simpson's business career he was in the canning business and interested in several Alaska salmon canneries. Five years prior to his coming to Nome he was in the insurance business. On his arrival in Nome the prevalence of litigations and
the aspect of conditions as a result of this litigation caused him to change his
plans, and instead of engaging in mining he took a position as cashier of the
Northwestern Commercial Company, and has been connected with the company ever
Mr. Simpson married Jessie B. Grayson, of Hillsboro, New Mexico, August 7,
1888. Mrs. Simpson is with her husband in Nome. Mr. Simpson is a
far-seeing business man, and if industry lead to success, he will be successful.
Source: Nome and Seward Peninsula by
R. S. Harrison. Seattle: The Metropolitan Press, 1905.