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Barbara Houston

Registered: January 2016
Location: Washington State
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A friend gave me vintage postcards of Alaska. Her Grandmother left Chicago in the early 1900’s to mine for gold. This is one of those postcards of the place where Robert Service (not an ancestor) wrote his famous poem, “The Cremation of Sam McGee.” I was originally going to put the poem to the page, but the thing is really quite long, so I opted for a summary. On the back of the postcard, handwritten says: “Robert Service wrote famous poem here about 1917.” They got the date wrong by 10 years.

Wikipedia: The Cremation of Sam McGee is among the most famous of Robert W. Service (1874 - 1958) poems. It was published in 1907 in Sons of a Sourdough. (A “sourdough” in this sense, is a resident of the Yukon.) It concerns the cremation of a prospector who freezes to death near Lake Laberge, Yukon, Canada, as told by the man who cremates him.

The night prior to his death the title character, who is from the fictional town of Plumtree, Tennessee, asks the narrator “to swear that, foul or fair, you’ll cremate my last remains.” The narrator knows that “A pal’s last need is a thing of heed,” and swears he will not fail to cremate him. After McGee dies the following day, the narrator winds up hauling the body clear to the shore edge of Lake Lebarge before he finds a way to perform the promised cremation aboard a derelict steamer called the Alice May. Much to the narrator’s horror, he later discovers Sam’s ghost in the makeshift crematorium, enjoying the warmth. Robert Service based the poem on an experience of his roommate, Dr. Sugden, who found a corpse in the cabin of the steamer Olive May.
A success upon is initial publication in 1907, the poem became a staple of traditional campfire storytelling in North America throughout the 20th century. An edition of the poem, published in 1986 and illustrated by Ted Harrison, is read widely in Canadian elementary schools.

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