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JOE THOME. Letters; n.d., 1894 .1 cu. ft.

Joe Thome was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Pierre Thome who immigrated from Luxembourg and settled near Rockville, Minnesota. They had five children of which Joe was the oldest. Upon hearing of a gold discovery in Alaska in 1893, he decided to join the rush. In 1894, he was mining and prospecting in the territory. He worked for the Treadwell Mining Company in Douglas, Alaska, and also prospected and mined near Dawson and in the Interior of Alaska. He later disappeared without a trace.

The collection consists of two letters written by Joe Thome to his family and friends. The letters describe his prospecting attempts, his plans for future prospecting, and his work for the Treadwell Mining Company.

The collection was presented to the archives by Thomas Weismann in 1985.

HMC-0243