As I read the cutline for a historical image from the Alaska State Library Historical Collection of a group of hunters, many names caught my eye — Shattuck, McNaughton and Goldstein, for instance.
Their names I had heard — some monikers still resonate today, such as the building downtown that bears the Goldstein name.
But I knew little about these men, aside from what I could gather from the photograph.
The following is a sliver of information about the hunters:
According to Empire archives, Allen Shattuck came to Juneau in 1897 and was employed that year by C.W. Young Co. He had no experience in insurance until he joined his brother, Henry, in Shattuck & Co. in 1900. Henry and Allen were agents for Alaska Steamship Co., but neither ever was part-owner of Alaska Steamship. Shattuck went on to become a Senator and made a comment that, in a roundabout way, helped to pass the Anti-Discrimination Act in 1945 to outlaw racial discrimination in public places. Sen. Allen Shattuck was opposed to the measure, saying “Who are these people, barely out of savagery, who want to associate with us whites, with 5,000 years of recorded civilization behind us?”
Elizabeth Peratrovich, Grand President of the Alaska Native Sisterhood at the time, spoke up.
“I would not have expected that I, who am barely out of savagery, would have to remind gentlemen with 5,000 years of recorded civilization behind them of our Bill of Rights,” she said.
Peratrovich’s eloquent testimony, prompted in part by Shattuck’s coarse words about the “savagery” of Alaska Natives, led to the passage of the act in the state Senate, predating the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 by nearly 20 years. Elizabeth Peratrovich Day, an official state holiday, is celebrated in Alaska on Feb. 16 each year.
According to historical records with the City and Borough of Juneau, Guy McNaughton arrived in Juneau in 1903 and worked for B.M. Behrends Bank and Behrends Company until his death in 1939. He was an active sportsman and member of the Juneau Shotgun Club. McNaughton served on the Juneau City Council and the School Board. He and members of his family owned houses at 229 5th Street, just above the Rainbow Foods, from 1913 until 1940.
According to Empire archives, Izzy (Isadore) and his older brother Chas (Charles) Goldstein were part of a family of businessmen. The Goldsteins owned a store on Front Street in the early 1900s. That store was damaged by the “worst slide in the history of Juneau,” which occurred at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, January 2, 1920. On Aug. 18, Izzy Goldstein sued the A.J. Mine for slide damage. The verdict came back in favor of Goldstein. A.J. was ordered to pay him $18,275 in damages. Records indicate the Goldstein family later owned a fishing supply store on South Franklin. Chas Goldstein was in the fur business, and for many years flew to various parts of the Interior on fur buying trips. The furs would be brought back to Juneau and sold or sent down to other locations and manufactured into garments and returned to their store in Juneau. In approximately 1914, he built the Goldstein building in the main part of town where the building was occupied as offices, apartments and at one time the Territorial Legislature met in the building. In February 1939, at the height of the Taku wind, the building caught fire, and the interior was totally destroyed. It was not rebuilt until the middle of the 1940s, and still stands in its present location. When Izzy Goldstein joined the business, which had been founded by his mother and father, he changed the name to A. Goldstein. At one point about 1910, he went to Iditarod searching for gold and was there for several years, while the store was still operated. Regretfully, the gold rush and Iditarod were not too successful, and he returned to Juneau and went back into the fishing supply business. In 1917, the time of World War I, he joined the Army and went to France until 1919. After his discharge, he again returned to Juneau. He was on the city council for several years, and in the1930s he became Mayor for several years.
Not much more information could be found on the other gentlemen pictured.
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