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
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.