Georgr and Julia Musgrave Collection Description

GEORGE AND JULIA MUSGRAVE. Papers; 1898-1903. .25
cu. ft.

George and Julia Musgrave came to the Yukon Territory from
Plainfield, New Jersey, in 1897 or 1898 to prospect for gold.
After several largely unsuccessful prospecting attempts, they
moved to Dawson in 1899 where George Musgrave set up a store.
In 1901, the store burned down and in 1903 the Musgraves left
the Yukon Territory and moved to San Francisco.

The collection is divided into two parts. Part one consists
of letters written by George and Julia Musgrave to friends in
Plainfield, New Jersey. The letters concern the Musgrave’s trip
to Dawson, George Musgrave’s prospecting attempts, life in Dawson,
friends and neighbors in Dawson, and advice to friends back in
Plainfield. Part two consists of newspaper clippings from the
Dawson News, the Yukon Sun, and other newspapers
concerning miners and mining, business activities, and general
events of Dawson and the Yukon Territory. There is also a picture
of the first wedding in the first chapel at Dawson.

The collection was acquired by the archives from Luella Arthur in 1983. Ms. Arthur was the granddaughter
of a correspondent of Julia Musgrave.

HMC-0184

Item List:

Correspondence:

1. J. Musgrave (n.p.) to Genevieve, Dorcas Baby and Agnes
Hazard; n.d. 4 pages. Wishing them a bright and happy new year.
Wants them to know she has not forgotten them.

2. G. Musgrave (Dawson, Y.T.) to R. Hazard (Plainfield, N.J.);
n.d. 3 pages. Tells him not to send any mail 2nd class as they
will not bring it in. Business is keeping him busy.

3. G. Musgrave (Lake Bennett, Y.T.) to R. Hazard (Plainfield,
N.J.); May 16, 1898. 4 pages with envelope. Tells of hardships
and boat building.

4. G. Musgrave (Lake Bennett, Y.T.) to R. Hazard (Plainfield,
N.J.); June 5, 1898. 5 pages with clipping and poem. Has finished
boat named Dorcas. Will start journey to Dawson via 5-Mile Canyon
and White Horse Rapids of Yukon River.

5. J. Musgrave (White Horse Rapids, Y.T.) to E. Hazard (n.p.);
June 15, 1898. 6 pages. Weather fine — has cold. Passed through
the rapids ok.

6. G. Musgrave (Big Salmon, Ak.) to R. Hazard (n.p.); June
23, 1898. 3 pages with envelope. Telling of trip through rapids
— many boats lost, also lives. Pessimistic about gold prospecting.

7. J. Musgrave (Dawson, Y.T.) to E. Hazard (n.p.); July 14,
1898. 5 pages with envelope, clipping, dried flowers. George
is building a cabin. Thanks them for gifts. No profits from mining
and no work for an honest man.

8. J. Musgrave (Baker Creek, Y.T.) to E. Hazard (Plainfield,
N.J.); August 21, 1898. 9 pages includes addition from G. Musgrave.
Tells of trip to Dawson. Has put on weight and feels good. Addition:
G. Musgrave to R. Hazard tells of trying to place claim on Last
Chance Stake; was 2 days late as there had been stampede; man
lost Discovery Creek to Shady Lady. Tells of Dawson and rents.
one cat in Dawson; sells kittens $15.00 each.

9. G. Musgrave (Dawson, Y.T.) to R. Hazard (Plainfield, N.J.);
October 16, 1898. Tells of cabin; location 1½ miles up
Klondike River at mouth of Bonanza Creek. Lots of sickness in
Dawson. Three papers printed Klondike Nugget, Klondike Miners,
and Klondike Sun.

10. J. Musgrave (Dawson, Y.T.) to E. Hazard (Plainfield, N.J.);
November 14,1898. Tells of miners hardships. Deaths due to fever.

11. G. Musgrave (Dawson, Y.T.) to R. Hazard (Plainfield, N.J.);
November 14, 1898. Four men to be hanged but was postponed. Very
discouraged.

12. G. Musgrave (Dawson, Y.T.) to R. Hazard (Plainfield, N.J.);
December 26, 1898. Christmas in Dawson. Salvation Army gave free
Christmas dinner. Methodist Church had entertainment.

13. J.Musgrave (n.p.) to Genevieve Hazard (n.p.); March 12,
1899. Genevieve’s 7th birthday extolling the virtues of reading
the Bible and a good education. Tells of beautiful flowers and
mosses that grow in the Yukon.

14. J. Musgrave (Dawson, Y.T.) to E. Hazard (Plainfield, N.J.);
April 16, 1999. Tells of her illness, the weather and gossip
about people in Dawson.

15. G. Musgrave (n.p.) to R. Hazard (n.p.); June 24, 1899.
Has started in business for himself and will not leave this summer.
Will stay over one more winter and try to make a homestake. Tell
friends he is coming home with larger sack than he left with.

16. G. Musgrave (n.p.) to R. Hazard (n.p.) also letter J. Musgrave
to E. Hazard; July 16, 1899. Has given up all hope of mining.
Concentrating on store and homestake. Very hard work. Sending
small nuggets by Dr. Gaston of Plainfield. Julia tells of good
breakfast (Quaker oats, real potatoes, fried, sausage. Bread
and butter, coffee, and real milk, which is 75¢ a quart.
Minister married to Miss Swan. Needs good union suit of blacksilk
for winter.

17. J. Musgrave (n.p.) to E. Hazard (n.p.); September 18,
1899. Letter and envelope. Thanking her for ribbons and stamps.
Has to buy woolen underwear. Thinking of going home for winter.

18. G. Musgrave (n.p.) to R.F.Hazard (n.p.); September 23,
1899. Commenting on Courier News (N.J.) about himself. Business
done on 3% to 5% profit margin. Doesn’t see much chance for riches.

19. J. Musgrave to E. Hazard; October 13, 1899. Tells of receiving
letter from Ella thanking her for nuggets. Has faith God will
take care of them. Partial letter from G. Musgrave to R. Hazard.

20. J. Musgrave (n.p.) to E. Hazard (n.p.); February 15, 1900.
Thanking her for muffler. Gossip about people in Dawson.

21. J. Musgrave (n.p.) to E. Hazard (n.p.); March 19, 1900.
Telling of loneliness and no mail. New cabin being built. One
clipping, poem.

22. J. Musgrave (n.p.) to E. Hazard (n.p.); April 24, 1900.
Talks of “Grippe” making everyone sick. Is making visits
to miners ill.

23. J. Musgrave (Dawson, Y.T.) to E. Hazard (Plainfield,N.J.);
Letter and envelope. Has had a boarder who is leaving and will
mail letter in Seattle. Thinks a lady is wiser to remain single
as the best of men do not treat their wives as they should.

24. J. Musgrave to E. Hazard; March 2, 1901. Sun is shining
for first time in five months. Store was burned to the ground.
$3,000.00 loss.

25. J. Musgrave (Dawson, Y.T.) to F. Hazard (Plainfield, N.J.);
March 17, 1901. Letter and envelope. Talks of good dinner and
lovely weather.

26. J.Musgrave (n.p.) to G. Hazard (n.p.); October 26, 1901.
Lots of mail arrived in Dawson. George sold his claims – big
mistake.

27. J. Musgrave (Dawson, Y.T.) to E. Hazard (Plainfield, N.J.);
January 24, 1902. Letter and envelope. Very mild winter – 32
below.

28. J. Musgrave (San Francisco, Calif.) to E. Hazard (Plainfield,
N.J.); January 10, 1903. Was very ill but is now better. Thinks
doctors gave her too much medicine.

29. J. Musgrave (San Francisco, Calif.) to E. Hazard (Plainfield,
N.J.); January 12, 1903. Likes the town but hates damp cold.
Saw Booker T. Washington also Gen. Booth. Had rough crossing
Queen Charlotte Sound.

30. J. Musgrave (San Francisco, Calif.) to E. Hazard (Plainfield,
N.J.); February 4, 1903. Tells of electric car accidents. Afraid
for George. Very disappointed they came to San Francisco instead
of going to Plainfield, N.J.

31. J. Musgrave (n.p.) to E. Hazard (n.p.), G. Musgrave (n.p.)
to R. Hazard (n.p.); March 26, 1902. Partial letter.

32. J. Musgrave (n.p.) to E. Hazard (n.p.). Partial letter.

33. G. Musgrave (n.p.) to R. Hazard (n.p.); August 21, 1898.
Partial letter.

34. J. Musgrave (n.p.) to E. Hazard (n.p.). Partial letter.

35. G. Musgrave (n.p.) to R. Hazard (n.p.). Partial letter.

36. J. Musgrave (n.p.) to E. Hazard (n.p.). Partial letter.

37. J. Musgrave (n.p.) to E. Hazard (n.p.). Partial letter.

38. J. Musgrave (n.p.) to G. Hazard (n.p.). Partial letter.

39. G. Musgrave (n.p.) to R. Hazard (n.p.). Partial letter.

40. Miscellaneous Envelopes.

41. Photo Julia Musgrave.

42. Large Folder – clippings and photo.

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