It turns out Martha Black may have been less than forthcoming…

According to Klondiker Emos Ball, who arrived in Dawson in September of 1900:

“We had a good laugh and continued on her claim on Gold Hill, where she asked me to eat dinner with them. She had been to Dawson to see a lawyer about one of her claims, of which a man was trying to claim ownership. She had four men working for her and was making good. She had been left with her four children when her husband, Mr. Purdy, had died suddenly with pneumonia. When I had enjoyed her good dinner and was starting, she would not let me go until I had accepted one dollar for carrying her across the creek.

I later learned that the Dawson lawyer, George Black, was settling Mrs. Purdy’s late husband’s estate, and this began their friendship.” — Amos Ball, 1900

hmmmm. 🙂

As many will know, Martha and Will parted ways just before Martha came up to the Klondike with her brother. Mr. Purdy didn’t die for many years, though by all accounts they never saw each other again. (And Martha had three boys, not four.)

A great video about Martha Black and all she did for the Yukon.

 

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