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New book chronicles a man, his family and a restless nation finding its way into the twentieth century. Diary kept in the late 1890's offers riveting insight into the breed of men who pioneered America's last frontier, the great Alaska Territory, through grit and bootstrap entrepreneurship.

This saga tells the true-life story of publisher's John H. Clark IV's great-grandfa
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published November 14th 2012 by Old Stone Press
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Jun 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, non-fiction
J.H. Clark introduces us to his Great Grandfather, George Cheever Hazelet, through a journal Hazelet kept when he first went to Alaska. In this interesting first person account we get a glimpse into the lives of rugged men and women who travelled to Alaska and struggled to settle in America’s last frontier.

George Hazelet was a successful businessman who found himself caught up in a recession in the US and decided to leave his family behind temporarily to seek his fortune in the Gold Rush in Ala
Schuyler Wallace
Oct 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have just finished HAZELET’S JOURNAL and I’m exhausted. George Cheever Hazelet, the creator of the journal, was a remarkable man of boundless energy and strength whose adventures would surely founder the common man. Just reading about his grit has made me a tired, but better person

Hazelet’s great grandson, J.H. Clark, editor and publisher of this exceptional book, is to be acclaimed for his insight in recognizing a family journal as a piece of valuable history and carefully honing it into a je
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
George Cheever Hazelet was a former school principle and business owner living with his wife and two sons in Nebraska in 1897. His business collapsed that year due to the financial panic and economic downturn that swept the country in the mid-1890s. Hazelet felt his opportunity to get his family back to their previous economic status was to try his hand at prospecting as part of the Alaska-Yukon Gold Rush. He left his family behind and struck out with his partner, Andrew Jackson Meals, for Alask ...more
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This is a true-to-life Gold Rush adventure story. It is the reproduced original journal of G C Hazelet, who struggled in the Klondike for four years.

Main Characters:
George Cheever Hazelet: A successful businessman who fell on hard times in 1896, he takes a second chance to rebuild his fortunes in the Alaskan fields. This is his story.

Andrew Meals: Hazelet’s partner on the trip, and financial stakeholder in the enterprise.

Dianne McMahan
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting story of early Alaskan Gold Rush,that is solely based on Hazelet's journal from 1800's to about 1902.
Even with all his ambition and laborious work,he never struck it richminibg for gold,but did very well in getting the early Railroads to come to his area.
He moved his family to Cordova and became the mayor of the town and was able to provide nicely for his family and further future generations profited as well.
Not my type of book,although I do love History.This just had too many descr
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A straightforward memoir of the hard work put in during the Alaskan Gold Rush. George Hazelet left Omaha after a depression turned one business venture into failure. He became a prospector with thousands of other people headed to Alaska. This book is truly his journal, his thoughts and feelings as he retells the struggle of his days as a prospector. The homesickness and guilt of leaving his family behind to attempt a better lifestyle for them. The work of getting the everyday essentials to his p ...more
Kimberly Westrope
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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This is an absolutely beautiful book! From the cover to the print font and style of the writing, I love everything about it. It is a wonderful first-hand account of all the trials and hardships endured by the men (and women) who headed up to the Yukon in Alaska in the late 1900s to mine for gold. The journal was kept on an almost daily basis by George Cheever Hazelet and was later transcribed by family members.

It is full of interesting tales of the daily struggles encountered on the trail, whil
J. H.  Clark
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: educators, historians, adventurers and explorers
All my life I'd heard stories of my great-grandfather and his Alaska adventures, but never really paid much attention until I was older and my mother and father encouraged me to travel to Seattle for a family shareholder meeting of The Port Valdez Company. The more I learned, the more I wanted to know. Who was this man and what drove him to explore the unknown-to travel to Alaska seeking a fortune in gold? Slowly I came to realize that this journal wasn't so much about one man's journey but rath ...more
Jenni V.
Feb 12, 2013 rated it liked it
This book was difficult to rate. If I was in the target audience for this book (someone with a keen interest in the Alaska Gold Rush), I would give it 5 stars because of its fascinating details and wealth of information. However, I'm not in that target audience (which I didn't realize until I began reading this), so it took me awhile to get through it. I loved the photos and appreciate this book's historical value. My end result is rating it neutrally in the middle. I would like to thank NetGall ...more
Patty Mccormick
Jan 20, 2015 rated it liked it
I thought that this needed some footnotes. I did not know anything about mining and found the journal did not explain a lot of things. There were interesting photos and great maps, but I needed a basic primer on Alaskan mining. If I had just a little more background the book would have made a lot more sense. I think I would have enjoyed a book about Hazelet and Meals with excerpts from the journal featured in the chapters. He seemed like such an interesting character. Sort of slow at times, not ...more
Harriet Smith
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Apr 28, 2013
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book based on Hazelet's journal from 1800's to about 1902. This was an amazing book in Hazelets life. I will definitely recommend this book. ...more
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Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author’s great-grandfather, George Cheever Hazelet joined thousands of other hardy men would who ventured to the Alaskan frontier to seek gold. He kept a journal and recorded his thoughts and adventures. I suppose he did it for himself and his family. I wonder if he ever thought that people in the year 2018 would read his words from 1898-1902?

Thanks to the author, we can see what daily life was like for his intrepid ancestor. George Hazelet had a successful life as an educator, businessman a
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Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I never tire of reading stories of Alaskan history. After living in Alaska for 30years and traveling the state many times, I can picture the places Hazelet traveled and appreciate the adventures he lived. This was one of the better books I've read centered in Alaska. ...more
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