Ruth Sandvik: Interview Outline: Section
Tape Reference Number: H2002-09-11
Ruth Blankenship-Sandvik talks with Bill Schneider and Eileen Devinney
in Kiana, Alaska on February 28, 2002.
Eileen Devinney: So,
when you were a child growing up here, were there still quite a few miners
Ruth Sandvik: No,
there weren't too many. They lived up there. I don't think any of them
really made any money because I know several of them died paupers. And
they were -- and they were -- they were nice. They were really nice people.
In fact, I recall May Black, she's a widow here, she was -- she was a widow
who lived at that point across there, and she has a bunch of descendants
here saying that it was the miners who kept her going. They'd--
they'd take over 100 pounds of flour and staples like that for her. They
were very -- they were kind people. I mean, they were not -- I don't know
how serious they were about mining. They certainly were not mining engineers,
you know, they just always thought they would find -- find gold. I just
don't know any that -- of the miners that remained here in the winter that
really did very much financially.
Bill Schneider: Hmm.
Ruth Sandvik: Uh-hum.