1.65 cu. ft.
The James Theodore Geoghegan Papers contain an autobiographical manuscript titled "Sojourn in the Yukon and Alaska," as well as photographs that Geoghegan took, mostly of the Donnelly, Alaska, area.
James Theodore Geoghegan (1869-1953), of Irish descent, was born in Birkenhead, England. In 1889 he and his brother Fred homesteaded on Orcas Island in Washington, where they were joined by their mother and siblings in 1891. The family settled at Eastsound, and James found work in Seattle. In August 1897 he joined the gold rush to the Klondike, but found little success at mining. By 1902 he had made his way to Interior Alaska. There he tried his hand at mining and commercial hunting before going into the roadhouse business along the Valdez Trail. He ran Sullivan's Roadhouse for its owner in the winter of 1909-10, and subsequently purchased and ran Donnelly's Roadhouse. Following his mother's death in 1913, he sold his business and returned to the family ranch at Eastsound. He died in 1953. (From "The Geoghegan Brothers of Alaska" by David Richardson, Alaska Journal, Winter 1976, pp. 17-24.)..
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Forms part of Geoghegan family papers.