Kuskokwin River, AK Steamer JESSIE Lost, July 1898

THE LOST STEAMER JESSIE.

SHE FOUNDERED IN KUSKOKWIN RIVER, ALASKA, DURING A SEVERE STORM ON JULY 28.

ALL ON BOARD ARE, SUPPOSEDLY, LOST.

THERE WERE EIGHTEEN PERSONS IN THE PARTY, WHICH WAS COMPOSED OF WELL-TO-DO YOUNG MEN BELONGING TO KENTUCKY AND TENNESSEE FAMILIES, WHO WERE JOINED BY OTHERS AT SEATTLE.

Seattle, Wash., Aug. 10 -- Further details state there were 18 persons on the river steamer Jessie, of the Columbia Exploration Co., which foundered in the Kuskokwin River, Alaska, during a severe storm, July 28. It is thought all were lost. The steamer Jessie at the time of the disaster had in tow the barge Minerva, loaded with supplies.
The news of the disaster was brought to the headquarters of the Alaska Commercial Co. by Indians, who had found the loaded barge belonging to the party partly wrecked. The Indians assert that the steamer foundered, and that all of her party perished in the storm that swept down on them before they were well into the river, and only a few hours after they had left the steamer Lackme, on which they had gone north. The Indians confiscated the supplies.
The party consisted of the following persons:
E. S. LIMES, Seattle.
A. C. STASTON, Seattle.
V. J. MURPHY, Bowling Green, Ky.
ROBT. P. FRIERSON, Gallatin, Tenn.
W. T. PAYTON, Gallatin, Tenn.
H. C. CLIFFORD HARE, Gallatin, Tenn.
Engineer KENSLOCK, Milwaukee.
MR. SMALLHOUSE, Louisville, Ky.
ELI KNUDSON, Genessee, Idaho.
HARRY C. HADREEN, Seattle.
O. E. ARIROD, Seattle.
DOC. ALLEN, Kentucky.
REV. B. WEBER, Moravian missionary, wife and child.
Two Indian guides.
The expedition was composed of a number of well-to-do young men of Kentucky and Tennessee families, who joined the others in Seattle. They were furnished with the steamer Jessie and the barge Minerva by Richard Chilcotte, of this city. There were no marine men in the party.

The Bee Earlington Kentucky 1898-08-11