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Frank H. Thatcher

One of the best known and most highly esteemed young men of Nome is the subject of this sketch, who holds the position of cashier in the Alaska Banking and Safe Deposit Company. He was born April 20, 1874, at Mount Sterling, Iowa, a little town situated one mile from the northern line of Missouri and locally known as "Dog Town." His early education was obtained in the common schools of his native town. At a later period he attended the Columbian University at Washington, D. C. His father was a lumber merchant who went to South Dakota in 1886, thence to Florida and back to Iowa, finally locating permanently in Washington, D. C.

Mr. Thatcher's first employment was in the Post Office Department of the United States Government. From 1894 to 1897 he was in" the Railway Postal Service and was then transferred to the Post Office Department at Washington, D. C, serving three years. He was then transferred to the War Department and sent to Alaska. He came to Nome in 1900, on the staff of General Randall, and being favorably impressed with the prospects of the camp, resigned his position with the Government and accepted a position as manager for Clafflin Brothers, a Nome mercantile firm. The year following, in June 1901, he was offered a position by the Alaska Banking and Safe Deposit Company which he accepted and a few months later was made assistant cashier. During the summer of 1904 he succeeded to the position of cashier of the bank. He is also a stockholder and director in the bank, and is the owner of some promising mining property,

Mr. Thatcher is the son of a veteran of the Civil War, who was a captain in the Forty-fifth Iowa, a native of Virginia who went to Iowa in 1839, and a member of old American family.

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





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