WALTER POPPE. (Ak. Hist. Soc. Col.). Historical Account; n.d. .1 cu. ft.
This account by Walter Poppe is entitled, "The Poppe Family from Milbank, South Dakota." It primarily relates to Frederick Wilhelm August Poppe, the grandfather of the author. He discusses the migration of the family from Norway to Minnesota and then to South Dakota and tells of various family relations and activities there. A portion of the account concerns Frederick W. A. Poppe's trip to Alaska (1898-1899), after he organized a group of men (December 1897) to travel to the Alaska gold fields. The organized in order to reduce costs. Thirty-four men left Milbank in February 1898 and sailed on the S.S. Valencia from Seattle in March for the Copper River country. They landed at Valdez on March 19. The party divided and Poppe's group went on the Cooper and Tanana Rivers. The men were generally unsuccessful and Poppe returned to South Dakota in 1899.
The collection was deposited in the archives by the Alaska Historical Society in 1989.