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Bayview: Who's buried there? By June Allen. Travel writer and friend Stan Patty, Alaska-born and still in love with the state where he grew up even though he now lives in Vancouver, Wash. He said he'd really like to read about any "notables" buried in our hillside graveyard.
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But why not try a few of both? Any resident venturing downtown during the height of the cruise ship tourist season is bound to see our visitors' shirts, coats or rain gear displaying those round red stickers that say "I visited Dolly's House. And yes, lady-of the evening Dolly Arthur her "stage" name is buried at Bayview, under her real name, Thelma Copeland. She died in There has been speculation about whether or not she was a relative of Miss Cora Copeland, who upon her marriage became Mrs.
Mike Martin, wife of the city's founder, first mayor, and jovial saloon keeper who was his own best customer. A relative?
Who knows. Sadly, Dolly is buried in a different section from the gravesite of her one true love, a man who everyone new as Lefty. He liked a drink now and then, he loved to dance, he loved the ladies - and he broke Dolly's heart time after time.
Ketchikan's colorful characters
She called him "a grand old chippie. He died of a heart attack in and Dolly mourned him for the rest of her life. Even in her mourning, Dolly was first a businesswoman, she tried at his death to be named his common-law wife - so she could draw his social security. It didn't work. Dolly was a good friend of Black Mary, the madame who owned the Star dance hall and brothel at No. In fact, Dolly worked for Black Mary from when she first came to town until she made enough money a year later to buy her own place at No.
Black Mary, real name Mary Thomas, is also buried at Bayview. She died ina year after she sold the notorious Star. She was found dead in her tiny creekside house on the long-since-razed Barney Way, sitting in a chair with a roll of money she was counting in her hand.
Annie Watkins, who died inis also buried at Bayview. Annie was popular with the other ladies of the evening and she still carried the speech of her native Arkansas. Once, shortly after the Creek was closed to prostitution, Annie was accused of making a "date" with a self-appointed undercover investigator. She appeared in court on the charge and said, "Judge, I is just 'morphradited' to be here! There was nothing left to leave to her two adult children in Arkansas. Elizabeth Nesphus, also known as Betty King the Dog Lady rumored to have had a shady pastrests in peace at Bayview.
She died at an advanced age in Betty King Alley is named in her honor.
In her later years her tiny home in the Alley between Front and Main became Ketchikan's unofficial dog pound - since the city didn't have a real one. Alice Fortin, also known by her nickname of "Frenchy," kept an after-hours t in her own apartment upstairs over what is now the bank building at the corner of Main and Mission.
The original building she lived in was torn down to make way for the new structure. Frenchy died in There is a story that back in the '40s or '50s locally famous artist Bill Gabler had a non-flying pet duck, a wild Mallard he'd found with a broken wing and nursed back to health.
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He would take the duck up to Frenchy's rooms, fill her bathtub with cold water, set the happy duck into it and add a shot glass of whiskey to float atop. The story goes that a drunken duck was quite a sight to see!
There's a Francis William Gabler who died in '63 listed in the cemetery records. I wonder if that was the talented Bill? Does anyone know?
But Bayview Cemetery also boasts burials of much less-notorious folk. Oldtime prospector and loner Joe Mahoney, who died inis buried there.
He's the one after whom Mahoney Mountain and Mahoney Creek are named. But who was Frank Silvis, who died in Were upper and lower Silvis Lakes named for him? And who was he? Everyone knows the Chief Johnson totem pole across from the federal building. The city unfortunately wasn't into historic preservation back then in But both the chief and his wife, who was identified with no first name and was just called Mrs.
Chief Johnson, are buried in Bayview. She died in and he inwithin months of one another. They both were probably 90 or more.
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Both had worked in canneries almost to the end. Two other couples married for many, many years died within a short time of each other.
Indiminutive Paul Hansen and his tiny wife Nettie died with weeks of each other. They were the longtime owners of the Paul N. Hansen building that was later the victim of a cruise ship mishap. The piling under the waterfront building was damaged and the rest twisted out of shape. Destroyed was the store, by the then called Sockeye Sam's and the apartment above that had been the home of the Hansen's for many years. Their ashes rest side by side at Bayview.
The other couple were Henry and Marie Henn, who died within days of each other in Both were approaching Henry, originally a Californian, remembered the San Francisco earthquake of ! Very strange was the occasion of the deaths of Martin Bugge and his wife Emma although other documents say her name was Anna. It was a rainy July 4 in Bugge was in the hospital with a lingering and fatal illness.
Bugge woke up that early Independence Day morning and strolled out on the slippery wooden walkway that connected their home to the stairway Edmond Street. Somehow he slipped, fell and tumbled down the embankment to a cluster of salmonberry bushes at the base of the street. He died of his injuries and his body wasn't discovered until hours later when a family member tried to find him to tell him of his wife's death. The rear walkway of the Bugge home and the rear walkway of the hospital were within a few feet of each other!
And they died within hours, possibly even minutes of each other. The popular Bugge Beach south of town was Bugge's original gold claim.
At the bottom of that stairway Edmond Street is the former home of Miss Agnes Edmond, who arrived in Ketchikan as an Episcopalian missionary in She was the first single white woman in Ketchikan. Some records say she later went into real estate business. In any case, she became ill in and sailed south where she suffered an appendectomy and died. Her body was brought back to Ketchikan by her sister and buried at Bayview. Her gravestone is perhaps the most elaborate in the cemetery.
Also buried at Bayview are August Tobin, who died inand his wife Emma Tobin, who died three years later. They were the parents of Emery Tobin, the founder of the Alaska Sportsman magazine now the nationally famous Alaska Magazine. Emery's father August left New England in to head for Gold Rush Alaska to make his fortune, promising to be back shortly.
Twenty years later Mrs. Tobin gave up waiting and came to Ketchikan to be with her son Emery.