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Daniel J. Wynkoop

D. J. WYNKOOP is a resident of Nome who possesses a general and comprehensive knowledge of economic geology, mineralogy and practical mining, having devoted a number of years of his life to the study of the technical side of these subjects, and having had a wide practical experience in the field of mining operations.

His ancestors came from Holland to America in the seventeenth century. He was born in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania, October 21, 1852. When he was twelve years old he moved with his father to the oil regions, and at the age of twenty-one he was an operator in oil. A few years later he made a trip to Colorado where he became interested in quartz mining for a short time. In 1891 he went west in search of health. He located in Tacoma, Washington, and continued to follow the business of mining. Improved health was followed by a serious injury resulting from the collision of a collier and a passenger steamer on the Willamette River. His son was killed in this collision and both himself and wife were seriously hurt. This accident occurred in September, 1892, and during the four years which were required for his recovery he farmed in the State of Washington and applied himself to the study of geology.

He came to Nome in the spring of 1900 as manager of a company. The company went to pieces and left him stranded, but being a man of resources and practical ability he found profitable employment. He has done a great deal of "mushing" in this country, having made five trips to the Arctic slope over the ice. He served as deputy recorder under United States Commissioner Tom Noyes of the Fairhaven District, and is now connected with the United States Commissioner's office in the Nome District. Mr. Wynkoop helped to organize the Alaska Academy of Sciences. He has taken great interest in the work of this institution. He was married in 1876 to Ella E. Davis, of Edinberg, Pennsylvania. Two daughters, Edith M. and Hattie E., both of whom are married, are their only surviving children.  

 

 

 



 


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