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William John Solomon, Sr.

1943-2008

6/15/09
Submitted by Fred Agree

Bill Solomon was an Athabaskan Indian born in Koyakuk, Alaska, a town just off the Yukon River. He moved downriver to Kaltag as a child, where he took an early interest in raising sled dogs.

Bill ran the Iditarod three times. In 1976 he placed 30th. In 1977 he scratched with leader problems, and in 1978 in came in 27th. He ran many local races throughout the Yukon River villages.

He was there at the Kaltag checkpoint for Iditarod Race thereafter, helping mushers, parking teams and encouraging the tired. With his river cap and white bow, and parka, he was the typical Athabaskan/River musher.

Retiring from the Alaska National Guard in 1996, Bill was known for his athletic prowess in baseball, basketball, running, snowshoeing, and skiing as well as mushing. A snowmachine accident and massive head injuries took Bill Solomon to the "last checkpoint".

Burial was in Kaltag Cemetery with an "active" potlatch feast afterwards.

Seeya Bill !


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