Wrangell Garnet Ledge History

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I spent the past 37 years researching the women who owned the Alaska Garnet Mining & Manufacturing Corporation at Wrangell, Alaska in the early 1900′s. They lived in the Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota area but seemed to virtually drop off the face of the earth. But I am happy to say that I have not only found the original women (and their descendants) but have found more women who were involved.In the process, this has become more than just the history of the Wrangell Garnet Ledge. It has become a story of Anna E. Durkee and her success as a mining woman—although it could be said that her success was actually as a promoter of mining and/or fund-raiser. So now, information about her mining activities in Arizona have been added to this web site as I continue to pursue my research of the women and their activities.

Do you know any of these women?  Do you know any of the people that have been connected to the women? Are you a descendant?  Please help me give them their spot in history!    Not all of the information on the women is listed here and will not be listed any time in near the future.  I would be very happy to share information with descendants!

Wanted!!! If you have items that were produced by the Alaska Garnet Mining & Manufacturing Co., owned by the women, I would be interested in hearing from you. Even photographs would be appreciated!  In addition, I am interested in anything from the  Alaska Ruby Mining and Development Co., formed by a group of Chicago businessmen in 1905.

I still do not know where they produced their jewelry although Anna E. Durkee told at least one reporter that they were shipping the garnets to Minneapolis where they would be turned into jewelry.  They also sold loose garnets at the 1909 Alaska-Yukon Exposition in Seattle, and the 1915 Pan Pacific Expo in San Francisco.

This site will be updated as more information is obtained. If you have information about the Wrangell Garnet Ledge, please contact me.  The book should be published by the second week of August 2016. As I am closer to having the book published, I will post information about the pre-sale and after publication cost book.  If you would like to be contacted when this information is available, feel free to contact me and I will place your name in my file and contact you.

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 People Connections

People connected to the women and the mining operations


Anna E. Rose, President — Corunna, Michigan
Minnie Towler, Vice-president — Minneapolis, Minnesota
Anna E. Durkee, Secretary/Manager — Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jean Anderson, Treasurer — Minneapolis, Minnesota

Original Stockholders:

Letitia M. Crafts — Minneapolis, Minnesota
Mary T, Elmer — St. Paul, Minnesota
Pearl Hewitt — White Bear, Minnesota
Pearl A. Gunders — St. Paul, Minnesota
Rebecca Bausman — Minneapolis, Minnesota
Maria A. Crane — Minneapolis, Minnesota

In all…there were at least 28 women involved during the operation of the company.

Colorized photo  was done by Roxy Gess-Smith at www.GessWhoTo.com

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