Ross Brockman was a long time Wiseman resident who originally went there hoping the cold climate would help cure a lung ailment. He was an avid fiddler, writer, and gardener. Despite living in the Arctic, Ross was a vegetarian and maintained an extensive summer garden. In 1974, he even caught butterflies swarming around his garden for researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. In Wiseman, the story goes that at one point in time Ross Brockman would not speak to Harry Leonard, a local miner and also a Wiseman resident. They would each communicate through Charlie Breck, another long term resident. Ross Brockman passed away in 1992.