Caldwell, Frank, 1867-

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In 1905 Frank and Brownie Caldwell of Indianapolis, Indiana traveled to Alaska and the Yukon on their honeymoon. On this trip, Mr. Caldwell was an "advance man-lecture manager" for Reverend John P.D. John, a Methodist minister who wanted to bring religion to the gold camps. Frank later presented a lecture and travelogue series, in partnership with Eli Smith, with lantern slides created by Brownie Caldwell. See: The Birth of a Book by Fenton Caldwell, contained in the Guide to Frank and Brownie Caldwell Photograph Collection, 1905 PCA 249. Frank Caldwell was the author of the novel "Wolf the storm leader," published in 1934 by Dodd, Mead, & Co. Told in the voice of the dog, this book recounts the life and adventures of Wolf, the leader of Eli Smith's well traveled team sled dog team.

From the description of Frank Caldwell papers : unpublished novel, Diomeda. (Alaska State Library). WorldCat record id: 722444653

In 1905, Frank and Brownie Caldwell of Indianapolis, Indiana, traveled to Alaska and the Yukon on their honeymoon gathering stories, photographs and information for a travelogue series. They traveled from Ketchikan to Juneau, Sitka, Skagway, and the White Pass Route, by river steamer to the Yukon, Circle City and Nome and told their story in extensive newspaper accounts and travelogue slide and lecture series. In 1907, Frank Caldwell teamed up with Eli Smith, an Alaskan mail carrier who mushed his dog team 8,000 miles from Nome to Washington, D.C., winning a $10,000.00 wager. Afterwards, Caldwell wrote and published "WOLF THE STORM LEADER," based on Eli Smith and his lead dog. Frank Caldwell died in El Dorado, Kansas, Oct. 6, 1938, at age 71.

From the description of Frank and Brownie Caldwell collection, ca. 1905-1937. [graphic]. (Alaska State Library). WorldCat record id: 51824727

Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Caldwell, Brownie. person
associatedWith Caldwell, Marolyn. person
associatedWith Caldwell, Merle. person
associatedWith O'Reilly, Justus. person
associatedWith Sluss, John W. person
associatedWith Smith, Eli person
associatedWith Smith, Eli. person
associatedWith Wilson, Robert Caldwell. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Yukon River Region (Yukon and Alaska)
Sled dogs
Postal service--History--Photographs
Sled dogs--History--Photographs


Birth 1867

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