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Back in the Day: Alaskan adventure, typhoid and death
This photo of the funeral of Lepha Mae Bennett was copied from She passed away in the Yukon in 1899, only ten days after she gave birth to her only child. She was buried at Dawson in Yukon Territory, but her child and her husband moved back to Wisconsin and were eventually buried in Forest Hill Cemetery in Madison.
In the letter that Jesse Edgren wrote to his in-laws from the Yukon on September 11, 1898 he also said that he was going to train another dog to be a leader, so that he would have three good leaders. He thought that he could sell his team for $1,500 now, but realized that they were worth that much to him if they were worth that to someone else! He also stated that the dogs had already more than paid their expenses by then.