Q. Was my father Andrew Joseph Carrigan the postmaster of Nome, Alaska? He was in Nome from 1900 to 1905, after being in Dawson since the spring of 1898. -Ralph
A. Ralph, I could not find proof that your dad was the postmaster in Nome during that period. With the help of Lloussac Library in Anchorage, I was able to unearth a book called – believe it or not – 120 Years of Alaska Postmasters (1867-1987) by Ora B. Dickerson. I swear, this made me think there is a book for everything!
For Nome, on the page the library faxed me, they list postmasters from 1899 thru 1963. No where is your dad’s name listed. During 1900 – 1905 they say that a man named Joseph Wright was postmaster in 1900 and then someone named Frank W. Stanton served from 1901 to October, 1907.
If you have always believed he was the postmaster, and this info disagrees with that, have you considered the following? Perhaps he was ‘acting postmaster’ for a part of that time due to circumstances of which we dont know. Maybe he was a postal clerk or a 2nd in command? Are you sure it was Nome? Could it have been an outlying village? I’m assuming your father is no longer alive, but is there perhaps another relative who could enlighten you further? Well, whatever he was, he was a tough, courageous and very hardy man to have lived in Nome! -Bonnie J.