The Life and Times of John W. Clark of Nushagak, Alaska, 1846-1896
Photo courtesy of Mr & Mrs Dennis Herrmann and Mr & Mrs Herman Herrmann, Jr
The earliest known photograph of John W. Clark (1846-1896), circa 1870s, was recently discovered in the family papers of one of his descendants in Anchorage, Alaska.
Clark first came to Russian America in 1866 with the Western Union Telegraph Company Russo-American Expedition and in 1868 he became a fur trader in western Alaska. In 1879-1880 Clark became the chief trader for the Alaska Commercial Company at Nushagak and was a founder of the Bristol Bay canned salmon industry in the early 1880s.
Lake Clark, Lake Clark Pass and the village of Clark's Point were all named in honor of Clark.
Chapter 1 Obscure Roots
Chapter 9 Clark Marries, and Rival Churches Spar, 1887
Did You Know?
Willow ptarmigan, found across southwest Alaska, are white in the winter and brown in the summer. These notoriously slow birds need extra camouflage from predators!