(International Standard Serial Number)  ISSN 1532-0340



McAninch Family History Newsletter

Volume XX, Number 3, July 24, 2012.


A clearing house for McAninch and related surnames [McAninch, McIninch, McNinch (-sh)].

Published Quarterly since 1993.              Articles solicited, and Queries accepted.




Table Of Contents




Vern McAninch (1890-1912), Indiana, and 100 Hundred Years Ago in Alaska 

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    Growing Up in Coatesville; Vern Joins the U.S. Army Signal Corps in 1909;

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    Washington-Alaska Military Cable and Telegraph System (WAMCATS);

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    Vern Arrives in Alaska, and up the Yukon River to Fort Gibbon; 

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    Fort Gibbon, Tanana, Alaska, on the Yukon River;

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    Vern’s Illness and Return to the Continental U.S. 

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    Vern’s Final Days back home in Coatesville, Indiana

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    Notes and Sources

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    Appendix A: Alaska Post Returns, Fort Gibbon, Alaska, 1910 to 1912 

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    Appendix B: Fort Gibbon Military Records, 1910-1911 

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    Appendix C: Coatesville Newspaper Articles about Vern McAninch, Oct. 1912

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Alaska: It’s been 3 years now since our trip to Alaska. In July, 2009, my wife Jan and I went north

on an ‘inside passage’ cruise from Vancouver B.C. to Seward (Anchorage), Alaska, with an added

week through Denali and Coldfoot, north of the Arctic Circle, and ending with 3 days in Fairbanks.


And, so, a belated Thank You to distant cousin Joyce Allen-Luopa and her husband ‘Wil’ Luopa,

who live in Fairbanks, and took us on a ‘locals’ tour, and also to Wil’s sister, Suzanne Hahn, who

helped us find relevant sources in the library system at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF).


Joyce can trace her McAninch line back to (William) Alexander McAninch, born 1767, in Ireland,

who came to Pennsylvania, lived in Dublin Township, Huntingdon County, (central) Pennsylvania

(residence in 1820 census), and died there sometime after 1820 [see Richard Cochran’s website

“Descendants of William Alexander McAninch” http://cochranfamily.net/mcaninch/pafg01.htm]


This McAninch Family History Newsletter is Published by Frank and Jan (Mauk) McAninch

17531 Montbury Circle, Huntington Beach, California 92649-4823      Telephone: 714-846-5134

Email: frank[at]McAninch.net, FrankMcAninch[at]alumni.uci.edu, mcaninch92649[at]verizon.net 



McAninch Family History NL v.XX n.3 / July 2012 / Copyright Frank McAninch / page 2012-17

Permission granted to copy freely for any non-commercial purpose except copyrights owned by others


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