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Berry, Frederick Forrest
PHOTOGRAPHS AND A SMALL COLLECTION OF PAPERS FROM GOLD MINER AND FOX RANCHER FREDERICK F. BERRY, DOCUMENTING HIS EXPERIENCES IN ALASKA AND BEYOND]
[Various places in Alaska, California, and Maine, as described below, 1959. 133 items, including sixty-nine photographs ranging in size from 3 1/4 x 2 1/4 to 8 x 10 inches, thirty-eight negatives, one patent, five pieces of correspondence (two with envelopes), sixteen pieces of ephemera, and four newspaper clippings. Mild wear to a few photographs, some tanning and rumpling to clippings and ephemera. Overall very good. A fascinating collection of photographs and additional material from a true frontiersman, gold miner, trapper, and fox enthusiast. Frederick Forrest Berry (1871-ca.1960) was a New Hampshire native who went to Alaska for the 1898 gold rush and stayed on to build a successful fox ranch in Homer. He relocated the ranch to Bangor, Maine in 1925, and then to Hayfork, California, before retiring to Plymouth, New Hampshire. Frederick Berry traveled to Alaska in 1898, at the height of the Klondike Gold Rush. Most of the Alaska photos date from 1917-25, and many are captioned by Berry on the verso. Although he does not seem to have struck it rich, he includes a few photos where he mined, without naming the exact location. One shot portrays a mountain landscape, about which he writes, "From this gulch in the far land of the midnight sun I mined gold, high above timberline." Another photo shows a glacier with a rifle in the foreground, with the caption: "From under this fragment of an ancient and dying glacier I extracted gold dust and nuggets." Berry stayed in Alaska after the gold rush died down; he was a trapper for a time and then developed a successful fox ranch in … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana [New Haven, CT, U.S.A.]
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