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Cathy Spude
Tue Nov 27, 2012 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 have been on the stage and may even have spoken to the crowd on the Fourth of July, along with the Governor that day. As you say, that is probably where the interview you cite took place. The point I am trying to make in my book is that, in the Legend, Soapy's appearance in the parade -- and as you and Jeff Smith show in our discussions below -- perhaps sometimes at the front of the parade, changed through time to the point that after he was killed, the media around the nation made him out to be the Grand Marshal of the parade and its leader, and remembered that he had sat on the stage with the governor. They ignored the fact that others did so as well, and in the same capacity.

This "new" photo clearly shows Soapy BEHIND a carriage decorated for the parade, not at the head of the parade.


  • 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
    • Assumption — Cathy Spude, Tue Nov 27 8:39am
      • 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
      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... more
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