Van Sant, Alfonas W.
Passenger on steamer Alliance, departing Seattle for Yakutat Bay and Valdes, 3/24/98; party of 37 from Sioux City, IA led by J.N. Henry were to be dropped off at Yakutat, the others apparently headed for Valdes, Seattle P-I, 3/25/98; Arrived in Alaska, March 1898, C1900; Camped on island in Klutina where he had been upset by snag, August 1898. Pearson Journal,CS1, p. 185; Locator, “Baltimore Placer Claim,” Manker Creek, No. 61 above Canyon, witnesses, Gordon & Cochran, 10/18/98, TMDR, p. 42; Signer of Petition to the President from Quartz Creek and Teikell Mining Dist, May 8, 1899 requesting Capt. Abercrombie be given “permission to employ [on the trail to interior Alaska] those men who need work, and thus enable them to remain in the country. With a good trail those who have means will be able to bring in machinery, and the development of the country will be accelerated.” NARA RG 107, Entry 80. Office of the Secretary of the War Department: 1667-103;
In Valdez between 6/11/1900-6/26/1900, C1900; Grubstake Agreement : Vansant agrees to supply Morgan V. Edwards with a grubstake to last from March to October 1900 in exchange for 1/2 of any claims he may discover, locate or acquire during the time of the grubstake, 2/26/1900, witnesses: C.W. Crary, C.H. Wilcox, Jr. F.J. Cameron, Chistochina, No. 2, p. 211;