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Forty Mile: Anderson Family

Pete Anderson and his son Arthur making fish nets, Forty Mile, 1932.

Pete Anderson and his son Arthur making fish nets, Forty Mile, 1932.

Yukon Archives # 7127, Claude and Mary Tidd fonds.

They fish [salmon] and made lots of dried fish for dog teams and, I guess he sold it. A lot of it – sold to the police, RCMP, whatever they call it – Northwest Mounted Police ... I know they had horses and they had a big farm too. They sold vegetables eh, grandpa. Fish, dried fish and sold it. Kind of a farmer-fisherman I guess.

2005, Margaret Titus: talking about the life of Pete Anderson and his family

Pete Anderson, a Swede, travelled to the Klondike in 1898 with his partner Percy DeWolfe. The pair was too late to stake claims but found a more reliable income from fishing, market hunting and hauling freight to the mines. The men became good friends with Charlie Adams and his family at Twelve Mile. Here they met, and eventually married, his two foster daughters, sisters named Mary and Jessie Phillips.

Pete and his wife Mary raised their family at Forty Mile. The Andersons were all hard workers and did a bit of everything. For a time they ran a wood camp, cutting cordwood to fuel the hungry boilers of the sternwheelers. Pete ran the community store. They also farmed in summer and trapped in winter. During the salmon runs, the Andersons had a large fishing operation and sold tons of dried salmon to the RCMP for their dog teams. Their son, Arthur Anderson, made the original asbestos discovery at Clinton Creek, eventually resulting in a major mine and settlement.