Friday, July 26, 2013

Frank Dollahan and the Klondike

Sumner Press September 19, 1901

From Wednesday's  St. Louis Post-Dispatch this week was  the following fairy tale story in regard to a trip of a young Sumner dentist to the Klondike regions:

After a separation of three years, during which he made a trip to the Klondike on her account, Dr. Frank Dollahan, Sumner, Illinois, was married Tuesday afternoon to Miss Maggie Randolph of Belleville. Five years ago Dr. Dollahan was practicing dentistry in Carmi, Illinois, which was then Miss Randolph's home. He fell in love with her, paid her court, and she received his attentions. He was attentive to her for two years and their friends supposed they would soon be married. They were, therefore surprised when, without explanation, the young doctor announced his purpose of going to the Klondike. He went without bidding Miss Randolph goodbye. There had been a lover's quarrel, and the young man had taken it so seriously that he had gone to Klondike and the wedding was off.

Nine months of silence followed, during which Miss Randolph waited for news of Dr. Dollahan. There came news of disaster on the Chillikoot trail and the conviction grew on her that Dollahan had met his death in the North.

Like a message from the dead, she received a letter from Seattle nine months after. Dollahan had returned safely from the Klondike. He had not found gold, but in the northern solitude he made the discovery that the girl in Carmi was more precious to him than all the gold in the world. He asked forgiveness. The answer went back quickly and when Dollahan read it, the glitter of all the gold in the Klondike would not have tempted him.

The young dentist had too much pride to return to Carmi, so three years went by before the couple met again, although they corresponded regularly. They might still be apart, but three weeks ago the family of Miss Randolph moved to Belleville. As soon as Dollahan  learned this, he made arrangements to leave Sumner, where he had been located, and come to Belleville and claim his bride.

Dollahan arrived in Belleville Sunday morning, went to the home of Miss Randolph at 20 Glass Ave. They arranged to be married Tuesday. Late in the afternoon they obtained a license at the courthouse and were married.

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Note: Frank Dollahan's name was John Frank Dollahan, son of John Dollahan, dentist in Sumner, Illinois whose ad ran regularly in the Sumner Press. Frank was an apprentice working for his father in 1900.