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William Clark "Skagway Bill" Fonda
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Birth: Jan. 25, 1858
Death: Aug. 31, 1938

Skagway Bill, 82, Pioneer in Alaska - Model for "Sourdough" Statue Is Dead in Seattle - Special to The New York Times - Seattle, Aug. 31 - William Clark Fonda, known as Skagway Bill, colorful adventurer who was the model for Alonzo Victor Lewis's 24-foot statue "The Sourdough," which towers above the grounds of the State Capitol at Olympia [and a second, smaller statue is at the Pioneer's Home in Sitka, Alaska], died here this morning. He was 82 years old. Skagway Bill, one of the best-known pioneers of Alaska, blazed trails in the Northland before the Klondike gold rush. "I spent twenty years up there," he often related. "I built the first cabin in Skagway. I built the first bridge. I laid out the city of Skagway in 1897." Fonda was a familiar sight at Sourdough parades, wearing miner's clothes and carrying a gold pick, pan and shovel. The New York Times, September 1, 1938.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Peter Jacob Fonda (1829 - 1904)
  Catherine Huguenin Fonda (1834 - 1896)
 
 Spouses:
  Jennie Fero Fonda (1866 - 1949)
  Ella VanAntwerp Fonda (1858 - 1892)*
  Loreen Horwood Gatrell (1871 - 1950)*
 
 Children:
  John Charles Fonda (1893 - 1958)*
  Edward T Fonda (1895 - 1975)*
 
 Sibling:
  William Clark Fonda (1858 - 1938)
  Cora Fonda Phillips (1862 - 1938)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Note: William was born in Glen, NY and died in Seattle, WA - his burial location is not currently known.
 
Burial:
Pioneers Home Cemetery
Sitka
Sitka Borough
Alaska, USA
 
Created by: Mark Fonda
Record added: Sep 11, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 116904777
William Clark Skagway Bill Fonda
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William Clark Skagway Bill Fonda
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