Sam O. White, Alaskan: Tales of a Legendary Wildlife Agent and Bush Pilot

Sam O. White, Alaskan: Tales of a Legendary Wildlife Agent and Bush Pilot

by Jim Rearden, Richard Wien

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Sam O. White was a tough, deep-voiced, six-foot-tall, two-hundred-pound former Maine lumberjack and guide. From 1922, for half a century he criss-crossed wild Alaska by foot, with packhorses, dog teams, canoe, riverboat, and airplane. He helped map the Territory. He trapped fur. He became the world’s first flying game warden. White wrote exciting tales about his Alaska adventures. Those writings make up the bulk of this volume. In 1927, he arrived at Fort Yukon as a game warden when millions of dollars worth of fine arctic furs annually arrived there. The hardy frontier trappers considered the new game warden a joke, but he quickly taught them to respect conservation laws. He was frustrated by the impossibility of adequately patrolling thousands of square miles by dog team, boat, and on foot. With his own money he bought an airplane. Pioneer pilots Noel and Ralph Wien taught him how to fly it. White then startled remote trappers and others by suddenly arriving from the sky. In 1941, lack of backing from Juneau headquarters caused him to resign as a wildlife agent. At Fairbanks, Noel Wien made him Chief Pilot for Wien Airlines. For the next two decades White flew as an Alaskan bush pilot, admired for his flying skill and the superior service he provided residents who flew with him, and who depended upon him for receiving mail and supplies. He had countless friends—one hundred arrived for his seventieth birthday party. His integrity and principles were of the highest. Decades after his death, he is still spoken of with awe by he lings-time Alaskans. White write exciting takes about his Alaska adventures. Those writings make up the bulk of this volume.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780882409344
Publisher: West Margin Press
Publication date: 04/04/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 442
Sales rank: 332,870
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

Jim Rearden has been a resident of Alaska since 1950. Among his various Alaskan jobs, Rearden has been a college professor, a gandy dancer for the Alaska Railroad, a registered big game guide, a carpenter, commercial fisherman, construction laborer, management biologist for commercial fisheries (Alaska Department of Fish and Game), and a freelance writer/photographer. He served 12 years on the Alaska Board of Fish and Game and Alaska Board of Game. President Gerald Ford appointed him to the National Advisory Committee on Oceans and Atmosphere where he served 18 months. He has written 29 books on Alaskan subjects and 500 magazine articles for about 40 different magazines around the world. For 20 years he was Outdoors Editor for Alaska Magazine, and simultaneously a Field Editor for Outdoor Life magazine. He holds wildlife conservation degrees from Oregon State University and the University of Maine, as well as an honorary Dr. of Science degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He lives in Homer, Alaska with his wife Audrey, in a log house he built himself.

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Near Clear Creek Buttes, as we came to a straight stretch of trail, we saw a contraption moving toward us. A man was pulling it. Smoke was rising from it. I stopped and looked, but couldn’t figure it out. Todd stopped his team near mine and explained, “That’s Old George Nelson. He traps here, and lives on Clear Creek. His sled is twenty-two inches wide with canvas stretched over it like a covered wagon. He has a tiny wood-burning stove in it, with his sleeping bag. When he hits the trail, he has his camp right with him. He’ll go out for several days with it and camp whenever he gets tired. Or, he’ll stop and snooze whenever he feels like it. He has no dogs.” We came to Old George and he insisted we have a hot cup of coffee. George sat inside his covered sled and reached out and poured for us as we sat on the edge of my sled. I couldn’t help but think, “What country this is, with people like Van Bibber, the Johnsons, and the Nelsons. Who could resist its call?”

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bought for my husband and he enjoys the story very much.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sam O White first bush pilot/Game Warden in the world. What a story! Jim Reardon makes you feel like you know Sam and his Alaska. I couldn't put the book down once I started reading it.