P. H. Watt
P. H. WATT was born in Chillicothe, Ohio,
in 1876, and was graduated from Miami
University with the degree of B. A. in 1897.
He went to Seattle that fall, and was a member of
the expedition that went to Kotzebue Sound in 1898.
He passed the winter of 1898-'99 in a cabin on
Kobuk River, and came to Nome the following spring,
arriving July 25. Until 1902 he was engaged most
of the time in the business of mining. He relinquished
this kind of work to accept a clerkship in the Bank
of Cape Nome, and subsequently was appointed assistant postmaster of Nome, a position which he still
Mr. Watt is a charter member of Camp Nome No.
9, Arctic Brotherhood, and in October, 1904, was
elected to the office of Arctic Chief. He has been
prominently identified with the work of the Brotherhood since the organization of the Camp, serving one
term as Keeper of Nuggets, five terms as Recorder
and one term as Vice-Arctic Chief. He was a delegate from the Nome, Council and
St. Michael Camps to the Third Annual Grand Camp meeting at Skagway August,
1903. Mr. Watt is interested in a number of claims in Cape Nome Mining District, and is the local agent of the Cripple River Hydraulic Mining Company, of New
York. Although a young man, he is an old "sour dough." Faithful in the discharge
of any duty, diligent in his work, courteous and affable, Mr. Watt is an esteemed
citizen of Nome.
Source: Nome and Seward Peninsula by R. S.
Harrison. Seattle: The Metropolitan Press, 1905.