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Matthew Malcom
Matthew Malcom

Matthew Malcolm was interviewed on August 27, 1991 by Bill Schneider and Steve Ulvi at the Malcolm's home in Eagle Village, Alaska. Matthew's wife, Martha, was present for part of the time. Matthew is blind and his talking watch goes off several times during the interview.  In this interview, Matthew talks about life in Eagle Village and mining at Coal Creek. He also discusses several old-timers living on the Yukon River including Phil Berail, Christopher "Phonograph" Nelson, Al Ames and George McGregor, and traces the history of people and places in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve

Digital Asset Information

Archive #: Oral History 91-22-18

Project: Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve
Date of Interview: Aug 27, 1991
Narrator(s): Matthew Malcolm
Interviewer(s): Bill Schneider, Steve Ulvi
Location of Interview:
Funding Partners:
National Park Service
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1) Personal and family history

2) His and his father's jobs when the family first came to the Eagle area, and people they knew at Coal Creek and around the area

3) Describing what the mining camp looked like and how it operated

4) Old timers he knew at the mining camp and around the area

5) Places in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve and people associated with them

6) More places in the Yukon-Charley Rivers area and the people associated with them

7) Experiences trapping with dogs in the area

8) More places and more people in the Yukon-Charley Rivers area

9) Feelings about the establishment of Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve

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Section 1: Malcolm, Matthew\ Taylor Highway\ hunting\ trapping - subsistence\ Eagle Creek\ lifestyle - subsistence\ lifestyle - changing\ travel\ Malcolm, Sarah\ Malcolm, Edward\ dog teams\ subsistence\ Eagle Village\ Hanson, Ole\ schoolhouse - Eagle Village|

Section 2: Malcolm, Edward\ David, Harry\ Coal Creek\ Juneby, Willie\ Paul, Susie\ Harris, Willie\ Taylor Highway\ gold mining - dredging\ gold mining - thawing\ mining equipment \ wood cutting\ mining camp - fuel \ mining camp - family life\ gold mining - freeze-up\ Snare Creek\ Paul, Louise\ mining camp - winter\ mining camp - wood requirements\ Coal Creek - air strip|

Section 3: Coal Creek - supplies\ sternwheelers - Coal Creek\ Coal Creek - roads\ Patty, Ernest\ "dredge master"\ gold mining - jobs\ gold mining - thawing\ mining camp - meals\ mining camp - bunkhouses\ mining camp - fuel oil|

Section 4: Malcolm, Edward\ subsistence lifestyle\ "bull gang boss"\ McGregor, Charley\ Ames, Al\ Patty, Ernest\ Malcolm, Tim\ summer travel - paddling\ Slaven's Cabin\ Ames, Molly\ Charley River - cabins\ sternwheelers\ "The Klondike"\ mail carriers - air|

Section 5: Sheep Creek\ Miller, Heinie\ steamboats\ sternwheelers - wood cutting\ wood cutters\ cabins - Sheep Creek\ Wood Island\ Paul, William - story\ place names - etymology\ wood cutting - saws\ saws - "man killer"\ Nation Bluff\ Nelson, Chris - "Phonograph Nelson"\ cabins - Chris Nelson\ Hard Luck Creek - trapping\ "Phonograph Nelson" - story|

Section 6: Nation Townsite - cabins\ Nation - airstrip\ Phillips, Tom\ Krager, Fred\ Fourth of July\ Hansen, Barney|

Section 7: trapping\ hunting - moose\ dog teams - food\ trapping - traps\ lynx\ marten\ wolverine\ wolf\ coyote\ White, Sam|

Section 8: Taylor, Jim\ Beck, George\ Biederman's Camp\ Charley's Village\ Miller's Cabin\ Charley Creek\ mail carriers - Biederman|

Section 9: Yukon-Charley - impact\ Yukon-Charley - hunting|