WHITEHORSE, YT - A special 150th birthday party is being organized for November to celebrate the life and accomplishments of Joseph Whiteside Boyle, an amazing Yukoner who made a unique contribution to Yukon and world history.
Joe Boyle was the gold mining King of the Klondike in 1914 when war broke out. His accomplishments during the war were detailed a year ago at a conference in Whitehorse presented by the Yukon Historical & Museums Association (YHMA), the University of Saskatchewan’s International Centre for Northern Governance and Development and Yukon College. They were also highlighted recently in a special edition of The Northern Review and the new book by local author Michael Gates, From the Klondike to Berlin.
Joe Boyle was born in Toronto on November 6, 1867, making him one of the first Canadians born after Confederation. The Whitehorse Legion and YHMA have teamed up to organize a special birthday party to mark Joe’s 150th. The event, to be held the week leading up to Remembrance Day, will also pay special tribute the Yukon fallen from WWI, including many who served in the motor machine gun detachment sponsored by Boyle.
The event will take place on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at Mount McIntyre Recreation Centre from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Doors will open at noon.
The family-friendly program will feature displays, speeches, music, dancing, singing and birthday cake. More details will be announced later as they become available.
Anyone wishing to bring “show and tell” items related to the First World War can contact Sally Robinson, President, YHMA, at (867) 633-3896.
President, Whitehorse Legion