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...and you know what happens when you assume!
Mon Nov 26, 2012 1:03pm
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You are very correct Jeff, we can only guess at this point in time. No one can say for certain whether Soapy did, or did not, lead the July 4 parade of 1898. We can only hope that one day some provenance will be discovered.

Jeff Smith

  • AssumptionsJeff Brady, Mon Nov 26 12:42pm
    All assumptions since the historic record is unclear and Stroller's account in "Smith's Alaska Guards" is a recollection many years later and appears to describe the evening patriotic parade in May.... more
    • AssumptionCathy Spude, Tue Nov 27 8:39am
      Hi Jeff! I'm looking forward to seeing SKAGWAY: CITY OF THE NEW CENTURY. Can hardly wait! I, like you, am quite sure that all four of the parade division marshals, which would include Soapy, would... more
      • Soapy behind a carriage.Jeff Smith, Tue Nov 27 9:12am
        Cathy, no one today is saying Soapy started out as "grand marshal." No one today is saying he was later officially made "grand marshal." However, some people (myself included) believe that in some... more
    • ...and you know what happens when you assume! — Jeff Smith, Mon Nov 26 1:03pm
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