Camera Workers, 1858-1950

The British Columbia, Alaska and Yukon Photographic Directory, 1858-1950

Wagness, John Thorvald[1, 2, 3, 4]

Male 1859 - 1936  (77 years)


Personal Information    |    Notes    |    Sources    |    All    |    PDF

  • Name Wagness, John Thorvald 
    Born 1859  Norway Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) 1899-1901  Dawson, YT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 30 May 1936  Stanwood, WA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I16  Camera Workers | W, vol. 1, 1858-1900
    Last Modified 10 Jan 2017 

  • Notes 
    • STATUS: Commercial.
    • BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: Wagness started out as a photographer in Tacoma, Washington. According to his son Ken who was interviewed for the Jon Hahn article in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (6 Oct 1990), his father was lured to the Yukon by his brother-in-law John Lee.

      John T. Wagness travelled aboard the Humboldt but was unable to support himself or 11 children and his wife as a photographer. He returned to Stanwood and reestablished himself as a successful photographer. The negatives of Yukon life and Puget Sound life were discovered and salvaged by Ken in his brother's barn.

  • Sources 
    1. [S630] COLLECTION: Private collection.

    2. [S169] COLLECTION: UWL.

    3. [S647] Census of Canada 1901.

    4. [S909] Seattle Post-Intelligencer, C1-C2, 6 Oct 1990.