Archival Documents

Nina Frances Wigle fonds [graphic material]

Creation Date(s): 1902-1907

Physical Description:
1 album (55 photographs : b&w prints, 8 post cards, 46 halftone reproductions). - 6 loose postcards. - 1 book

Bio Sketch / Admin History:

Nina Frances Wigle [nee Black] was born in 1884 in Van Wert, Ohio, to R.H. Black and Eva L. Chevraunt. On June 18, 1902, at the age of 17, she married Leland L. Wigle, age 24. Shortly after their marriage, the Wigles moved to Dawson City, where Leland assumed a position as clerk in F.W. Herring’s men’s ware store on 2nd Avenue. F.W. Herring was Leland Wigle’s uncle.

The Wigles lived in housekeeping apartments above Herring’s store and were associated with Dawson’s Methodist Church. On March 6, 1907, Leland Wigle committed suicide at home. Nina returned to her family in Toledo, Ohio, and later relocated to Alberta.

Following the death of her first husband, Nina remarried to a Mr. D.W. Parcels, with whom she had one daughter, Ruth. Nina died in 1939.

Scope and Content:
This fonds consists of one souvenir scrapbook, dated 1906, containing original photographs, halftone reproductions and post cards of Dawson City and other Yukon locales. The fonds also contains six loose postcards, five of which are addressed to Nina Wigle, and one published book of souvenir photographs of the Yukon and Alaska. The personal and commercial items in this fond reflect the lives and memories of Nina and Leland Wigle, who lived in Dawson City between 1902 and 1907.

Accession Number(s): 1983.180

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