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« on: October 21, 2010, 11:05:05 pm »

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1933
Paul Wilson
KAADASHAAN
2008


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« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2011, 09:18:10 pm »

•Name: Paul WILSON Jr. or Kaat a shann
•Surname: Wilson
•Given Name: Paul
•Suffix: Jr. or Kaat a shann
•Sex: M
•Birth: 22 Nov 1933 in Skagway, Terr. of Alaska, USA
•Death: 26 Oct 2008 in Anchorage, Anchorage, Alaska, USA
•Burial: Haines, Alaska, USA
•_UID: FDEA42E1A5FB4C43AD0E18FEB026DDD49177
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This individual was identified by the Chilkat Valley News, 17 May 2001.

The photograph of Paul Wilson, Jr. and Marilyn Rosalie Wright appeared in the Daily Alaska Empire, 7 Dec 1956.

They were married at the First Presbyterian Church in Skagway, AK on 23 Nov 1956.

This source joined her with her parents and siblings.

This person was a resident of Skagway, AK in 1958. Daily Alaska Empire, 13 Oct 1958

This person was a resident of Juneau, AK in 1962 according to the Daily Alaska Empire, 18 Feb 1962.

This person was a resident of Haines, AK in 1985. Juneau Empire, 11 Sep 1985

The following was obtained from the Internet, Feb 2009. http://www.indianz.com/News/2006/014183.asp

Interview with Paul Wilson, Tlingit elder Monday, May 29, 2006 "My Tlingit name is Kaat a shann. My clan is the Red Sockeye from Chilkoot, and my tribe is the Raven. I was born Nov. 22, 1933, in Skagway. I grew up there, and I thought it was an advantage. I caught lots of fish in Skagway. I just loved that fish, the coho and dogs. I didn't realize till I came to Haines that the fish I ate was junk. The fish in Haines were premium, absolutely the best.
My father was Paul Wilson Sr., and his name was Dax tunk. He's from the Gaa hit House in Klukwan. My mother was Nancy Dennis; her Tlingit name was Tees Kaa. My father and mother's heritage was very rich, and I never realized it. My father was from kind of a chief heritage. He was way up there, but neither of my parents dwelled on anything like that. Culturally, I saw the artifacts, but they didn't mean anything to me. Here I had the very best grass roots you could have, and I didn't know it.
After I moved to Haines, I got introduced to the Tlingit culture and found out the way it's structured and the history. I virtually missed the boat being in Skagway. I didn't know how rich our culture was and am still trying to catch up. The way to really catch up is to speak the language. The Tlingit language tells the story much better than English. When you translate it to English it loses the spirit behind it. I don't know how to say it, but that's the way the old folks are. In their own culture, they are the very best."


He was living in Haines, AK. Juneau Empire, 25 Sep 2001

He was further identified by the Anchorage Daily News, 30 Aug 2008. The article included his photograph.
Haines resident Paul Wilson Jr., 74, died of natural causes Oct. 26, 2008, at Providence Alaska Medical Center. Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the Raven House in Haines. A service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall in Haines. Burial will follow at Jones Point Cemetery in Haines. A 40-day party will take place Dec. 13 with time to be announced. Pallbearers include Ray Dennis, Alan Dennis, Marvin Willard, Wayne Price, Paul Marks III; Don "Bosh" Hotch, Ted Jones and Jake Schreckhise. Honorary pallbearers will be Tommy Stevens, Edward Hotch, William "Stoney" Hotch, Al Morgan, Wally Morrison, Ed Warren, Joe Hotch, Ray Dennis Sr., Frank Dennis, Smith Katzeek, Jones Hotch Jr. and Bill Thomas. Mr. Wilson was born Nov. 22, 1933, in Skagway. He was a fisherman, longshoreman and ironworker. He was a member of Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp 5 and American Legion Post 13. Mr. Wilson was also a "true-last" survivor of Raven House; Kooshda hit'; Child of Gaaw hit; and from the Drum House of Klukwan. Survivors include his wife, Marilyn R. (Wright) Wilson; children, Stanley Wilson, Paul Kelly Wilson, LaVerne Bryant and Duane Wilson; and grandchildren, Aaron Wilson, James Wilson, Lee Bryan, Mary Bryant Jones, Joshua Wilson, Savanna Wilson, Bradley Wilson and Saldie Wilson. He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul Wilson Sr. of Klukwan and Nancy Dennis Wilson of Chilkoot; siblings, Richard Wilson, Fred Wilson, Florence Wilson Wright and Dorothy Wilson Jackson; and son, Bradley Vincent Wilson. Arrangements were with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
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« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2011, 09:42:52 am »

Special Thanks to Our Maggie for providing this link to USGenWeb's obituary site:


Wilson, Paul Jr. October 26, 2008
http://files.usgwarchives.net/ak/haines/obits/wilson7ob.txt
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« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2015, 01:52:14 pm »

The Skagway News

Paul Wilson, 1933-2008

Haines Mayor Jan Hill said that Paul Wilson Jr.’s passing is a loss for the community. The good-natured Tlingit elder and lifetime Alaska Native Brotherhood member brought enthusiasm to dance groups and was, according to family and clan leadership, the “true last survivor” of the Kooshdaa Hit, or Land Otter House, formerly of Tanani Point.
“He was one of the few people that had recollections of the Tanani village out by the tank farm,” Hill said. “That knowledge was invaluable.”
Wilson died Sunday, Oct. 22 at Providence Hospital in Anchorage of pneumonia, with his family by his side. He was 74.
 Wilson’s Tlingit name was Kaadashaan; he was a member of the Raven House, and from the Gaaw Hit, or Drum House, in Klukwan. Wilson also served on the Chilkoot Indian Association Tribal Council and was a supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters.
 He was born in Skagway on Nov. 11, 1933 to Paul Wilson Sr. of Klukwan and Nancy Dennis Wilson of Chilkoot. His father worked on the railroad and fished commercially. He was raised in Skagway and in Haines. He enlisted in the Army in 1953 and son Duane Wilson says “was on his way to Korea when the war ended.” He was a member of American Legion Post #13.
 He married Marilyn R. Wright in Skagway in 1956. The couple raised their family in Haines where Wilson worked as a longshoreman and fished the Averill Jeanne. He was also an ironworker, and worked in Valdez on the Trans-Alaska pipeline.
 Wilson served several terms as president of ANB Camp # 5 and as ANB convention delegate. Haines ANB President Ray Dennis said Wilson joined during the struggles for Native land claims. He will remember him most for his generosity. “He often gave away things that he needed, like the last of his personal foods, the fish his sons prepared for him. That’s the way he was,” Dennis said.
 Sonny Williams said you never left Wilson’s hungry. “Paul would make sure you ate with him, even if it was just pie or some fish,” he said.
 Wilson was an advocate for sobriety, and a member of North Tide, an alcohol and drug free dance group organized by Wayne Price. He brought his grandchildren to the practices and performed at a Road Recovery youth concert at the Chilkat Center.
“We were always honored by his presence. The loss of every elder is a loss to all of us,” Price said, adding that he’ll miss talking hunting with Wilson. “We had fun telling mountain goat stories, I really enjoyed his company, he had a good sense of humor and nice things to say.”
In addition to his wife Marilyn, four siblings, Richard Wilson, Fred Wilson, Florence Wilson Wright and Dorothy Wilson Jackson survive him, as do children Stanley Wilson, Paul Kelly Wilson, LaVerne Bryant and Duane Wilson, and grandchildren Aaron, James, Joshua, Savanna, Bradley, and Saldie Wilson, and Lee Bryant, Mary Bryant Jones, and Polly Bryant. A son, Bradley Vincent Wilson precedes him in death.
 Wilson’s funeral was Nov. 3 at Haines ANB Hall. A 40-day party will be Dec. 13. – Heather Lende, Chilkat Valley News
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