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Cpl. Gordon Irwin Cameron

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Cpl. Gordon Irwin Cameron Veteran

Birth
Death
29 Apr 1996 (aged 96)
Burial
Whitehorse, Yukon Census Division, Yukon, Canada Add to Map
Plot
P-046
Memorial ID
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Martha and Gordon Cameron are remembered fondly by the people of Fort Selkirk.

Martha was the second of five children born to Klondikers David and Elizabeth Ballentine. She spent her early years in Dawson City. By 1925, she had met her future husband and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officer, Gordon I. Cameron. The couple married in 1928 and Gordon resigned from the Force. At that time officers were forbidden to marry.

The Camerons left the north and dabbled in various endeavours including homesteading in the Peace River country in northern Alberta. However, the depression years of the 1930s held little promise and Martha and Gordon returned to the Yukon.

Their homecoming coincided with the RCMP presence being re-established at Fort Selkirk and changes in regulations which allowed officers to marry. Gordon resumed his career with the Force and the Camerons moved to Fort Selkirk in 1935.

The one-man detachment was staffed by Gordon. The RCMP rented a cabin and this building housed the police office and living quarters for the Cameron family. For 14 years Gordon was the sole federal government representative in Fort Selkirk.

A career with the RCMP in a northern outpost was far more than policing. As well as carrying out law enforcement duties, Gordon regulated the game laws, met all incoming planes and sternwheelers, distributed medicines, helped dig graves for burials, delivered the mail, and generally helped out where needed in the community.

Gordon was often away on patrol. He travelled by boat in the summer and dog team in the winter. He patrolled up and down the Yukon River in the vicinity of Fort Selkirk as well as up the Pelly and South MacMillan rivers. During his absences, Martha was in charge of the detachment and fulfilled Gordon’s duties. In addition, she also held the contract to cut firewood for the detachment and maintained the airfield for the White Pass Airways. She was often seen driving a two ton cat and roller up and down the airstrip.
Martha was a community-minded person, alert to the needs of others around her.
She took it upon herself to read out, over the two-way radio, the Dawson City news in order that lonesome trappers could keep abreast of the latest happenings.

In 1933, Martha gave birth to a daughter, Ione*.

Gordon was also an avid photographer and recorded in photos and movie film the vanishing era of the sternwheeler and the small river community. His documentation has been invaluable as a historical record for the restoration of Fort Selkirk.

With the construction of the Klondike Highway pending, the small settlement of Fort Selkirk would soon be abandoned so the Camerons moved to Whitehorse in 1949. Martha hosted many Selkirk friends and relatives who came to town.

Martha died at the age of 86 years and Gordon died at 96 years of age.

*Ione served as Mayor of Whitehorse, Commissioner of the Yukon Territory, and Senator for the Yukon in the Canadian Parliament.

SOURCE: http://www.explorenorth.com/cemeteries/who_lies_beneath-whitehorse_cemeteries.pdf

Contributor: Johnny History (49654896)
Martha and Gordon Cameron are remembered fondly by the people of Fort Selkirk.

Martha was the second of five children born to Klondikers David and Elizabeth Ballentine. She spent her early years in Dawson City. By 1925, she had met her future husband and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officer, Gordon I. Cameron. The couple married in 1928 and Gordon resigned from the Force. At that time officers were forbidden to marry.

The Camerons left the north and dabbled in various endeavours including homesteading in the Peace River country in northern Alberta. However, the depression years of the 1930s held little promise and Martha and Gordon returned to the Yukon.

Their homecoming coincided with the RCMP presence being re-established at Fort Selkirk and changes in regulations which allowed officers to marry. Gordon resumed his career with the Force and the Camerons moved to Fort Selkirk in 1935.

The one-man detachment was staffed by Gordon. The RCMP rented a cabin and this building housed the police office and living quarters for the Cameron family. For 14 years Gordon was the sole federal government representative in Fort Selkirk.

A career with the RCMP in a northern outpost was far more than policing. As well as carrying out law enforcement duties, Gordon regulated the game laws, met all incoming planes and sternwheelers, distributed medicines, helped dig graves for burials, delivered the mail, and generally helped out where needed in the community.

Gordon was often away on patrol. He travelled by boat in the summer and dog team in the winter. He patrolled up and down the Yukon River in the vicinity of Fort Selkirk as well as up the Pelly and South MacMillan rivers. During his absences, Martha was in charge of the detachment and fulfilled Gordon’s duties. In addition, she also held the contract to cut firewood for the detachment and maintained the airfield for the White Pass Airways. She was often seen driving a two ton cat and roller up and down the airstrip.
Martha was a community-minded person, alert to the needs of others around her.
She took it upon herself to read out, over the two-way radio, the Dawson City news in order that lonesome trappers could keep abreast of the latest happenings.

In 1933, Martha gave birth to a daughter, Ione*.

Gordon was also an avid photographer and recorded in photos and movie film the vanishing era of the sternwheeler and the small river community. His documentation has been invaluable as a historical record for the restoration of Fort Selkirk.

With the construction of the Klondike Highway pending, the small settlement of Fort Selkirk would soon be abandoned so the Camerons moved to Whitehorse in 1949. Martha hosted many Selkirk friends and relatives who came to town.

Martha died at the age of 86 years and Gordon died at 96 years of age.

*Ione served as Mayor of Whitehorse, Commissioner of the Yukon Territory, and Senator for the Yukon in the Canadian Parliament.

SOURCE: http://www.explorenorth.com/cemeteries/who_lies_beneath-whitehorse_cemeteries.pdf

Contributor: Johnny History (49654896)

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  • Created by: Rod Carty
  • Added: May 1, 2010
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/51879267/gordon_irwin-cameron: accessed ), memorial page for Cpl. Gordon Irwin Cameron (22 Jan 1900–29 Apr 1996), Find a Grave Memorial ID 51879267, citing Grey Mountain Cemetery, Whitehorse, Yukon Census Division, Yukon, Canada; Maintained by Rod Carty (contributor 47232553).