When tracing your ancestors, should you find a head-of-household gone missing at his old address in the 1900 census, don’t assume he’s deceased! He may have gone prospecting for gold in the gold rush like our friend, pictured above in front of his 1912 grocery store, Samuel Ortman. The following image shows him hunkered down in Alaska at that time.
Prospectors came in many flavors, their previous callings included grazier, farmer, ranchman, student, upholsterer, shoe clerk, bookkeeper, physician, sea captain, carpenter, steamfitter. They hailed from such places as Allegheny City, PA, Pickering, MO and Berwick, Victoria, Australia.
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