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KIMBEL, Edward Elgin
When WORLD WAR I broke out, Edward went to Seattle to join up. When they discovered he was a boat builder, they kept him behind to work in the ship yards. He went to Mayo in 1919, but continued to run his dog team and build river boats. He was an avid hunter and even tried his hand as taxidermist. In 1928 he drove the first truck from Whitehorse to Mayo, hauling in the first tractor. He eventually had several trucks.
Edward was a sawyer and along with his brother, Carl, built a sawmill in Mayo and operated the logging and lumber business. Edward also dabbled in prospecting. He partnered with Jack Wilson of Willow Creek district on the discovery of a rich quartz vein. As far as the family knows they never did get rich on this venture. He built several buildings, log and lumber in and around Mayo.
In January 1951 with 48 degrees below zero temperature, Edward Kimbel and Fred Harper were hauling a load of hay from Kimbel’s ranch to the saw mill using the frozen winter route over the Stewart River. The truck plunged through an air hole into 15 feet of water. The men escaped the sinking truck and ran the 4 miles to the saw mill, crawling the last ¼ mile. They were hospitalized and only suffered some frostbite. (1)
In 1964 Edward moved out to British Columbia to live with his daughter Gail and her family. He passed away in his sleep, October 20 1970, at his daughter home in South Fort George, Prince George BC.
1. Kincaid, Dorothy," 'It Was Run or Die'-Arctic Sage Told by Ex-Dubuquer," Telegraph Herald, February 5, 1950, p. 17. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=aEyKTaVlRPYC&dat=19500205&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
Edward Elgin Kimbel, Geni. Online: http://www.geni.com/people/Edward-Kimbel/5443541235460052665