Document 60: Excerpts from the Diary of Charles P. Mosier, Winter 1898-1899
Diary of Charles P. Mosier, MSS 12, Acc. 82/168, Yukon Archives, Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada.
Excerpts from the diary of Charles Mosier, of Byron New York, aged 17, mining in the Klondike Mining District with his father and other members of a Western New York group.
Tuesday, November 8: Started hole, dug a foot. All other boys started too.
Wednesday, November 9: Working at hole; sunk 2 feet.
Thursday, November 10: WORKING hole down, about 6 feet.
Friday, November 11: Working hole down, 7 1/2 feet.
Saturday, November 12: Working at hole; down 9 1/2 feet.
Sunday, November 13: Reading, bathing. Expecting Father home from Dawson. Bob Menzie brought over some moose steak. Father returned from Dawson about 9:30 P.M.
Monday, November 12: Put up windlass at the hole & curbing.
Tuesday, November 15: Working at hole.
Wednesday, November 16: Working at hole, picking the muck.
Thursday, November 17: Working at hole.
Friday, November 18: Working at hole. Writing to Walt Hollenbeck. Got colds.
Saturday, November 19: Father working in hole in forenoon; I at windlass. Not working in afternoon. Sym & I jointing the floor & Nailing it down....
Sunday, November 20: Resting in cabin? below this morning. Van Valkenburg took Ed Britt to Dawson with dog team.
Monday, November 21: Working at hole. 44 below. I have a cold & hard cough.
Tuesday, November 22: Working in hole. Struck $1.28 to pan on 19 A. No. 7 lay in creek bed an average of .83 cents to pan.
Wednesday, November 23. Working in hole, down about 20 feet. 42 below zero.
Thursday, November 24: THANKSGIVING: I worked in hole part of day. Had moose roast, plum pudding, cranberry sauce, potatoes etc., for dinner. Ate a good meal. Went down on 12A to see Mr. Moore; he gave us a piece of moose also.
Tuesday December 20: Cleaned out hole, about 30 buckets muck & gravel. Found gravels. The fire burned through 1 ft. muck.
Wednesday December 21: Cleaned out hole; colors found.
Thursday December 22: Cleaned out hole; colors found.
Friday December 23: Cleaned out hole; 35 buckets gravel & muck.
Saturday, December 24: Cleaned out hole; 45 buckets gravel. Boys had a round-up. Shepherd with his guitar & Van with mouth organ, Sandy Roberts dancing; mostly all No. 19 Sulphur.
Sunday, December 25: XMAS: Had a fine dinner-moose meat, pies, cake. Father dined at Mr. Moore's on 12-A Sulphur. Spent the evening at Dan Fraser's cabin. Had a musicale-singing, dancing etc. Came home & had lunch & went to bed.
Tuesday, March 14. Cleaned hole; 18 buckets pay; $1.16 & $1.37 to pan.
Wednesday, March 15. Cleaned hole; 32 buckets pay; 25 cents, 32 cents, & 37 cents to pan. Smoke made my eyes sore.
Friday, March 17: Father worked in hole & Mr. Glover windlassed for him. I was laid up with sore eyes caused from gas in hole—was blindfolded all day.
Friday, March 24: Cleaned hole here & 28 cents to pan. Finished cleaning Meadow hole & put in fire.
Saturday, March 25: Cleaned hole here; 30 cents to pan. Also cleaned at Meadow Creek.
Sunday, March 26: Stayed in cabin; baked bread. Sym & Glover returned from Dawson. Had a singing chorus....
Monday, March 27: Cleaned hole here; 95 cents to pan. Bought some moose meat of Snidson, No. 9 lay on 18A; $4.37 our share. Put a fire in hole on Meadow....
Tuesday, March 28: Cleaned hole here; 20 cents to pan. Also hole on Meadow panned a nice little chunk.
Monday, April 3: Cleaned hole; 55 buckets; 98 cents & 13 cents to pan.
Tuesday, April 4: Cleaned hole; 50 cents to pan; 46 buckets pay.
Wednesday, April 5: Cleaned hole; 40 buckets pay; 33 cents & 10 cents to pan.
Monday, May 8. Drawing dirt to sluice; started sluicing in afternoon on Conger's dump. Cleaned up at night. A good showing.
Tuesday, May 9: Drawing dirt from Conger's dump. We sluiced from our dump; made a nice showing when cleaned up.
Wednesday, May 10: Sluiced from our dirt; cleaned up at night..
Thursday, May 11: Sluicing from Conger's dump. 60.
Friday, May 12: Sluicing from Conger's dump.
Saturday, May 13: Finished Conger's dump. Sluiced from our dirt about 2 hours. Batavia boys got a nugget of $20 and better.
Sunday, May 14: Stayed in cabin all day.
Monday, May 15: Sluicing from our dirt all day. Cleaned up two front riffles at night.
Tuesday, May 16: Finished sluicing our dirt....
Wednesday, May 17: Finished laying track and sluiced from Blair's dump in afternoon. Ice went out in Yukon River.