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Jujiro Wada, an experienced musher widely known in Alaska. Our mission is to honor and pass on his accomplishments and filial duties to the next generation.  If you have any inquries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Please provide us any information or artifacts regarding the following persons.

Henry Havelock Norwood, born in1859 in Berwick, Nova Scotia and died in Sonoma California.  Captain Norwood had spent time on the Arctic Whaler “Balaena” and taught Wada to speak English, nautical skills and navigation.  Wada made good use of thsese skills during a long adventurous life in Alaska.

Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery Colma, San Mateo County, California, (age of 58)


Leila A Norwood Bergeron 18931946










Alfred Lowell  of the Frank Lowell family

The Seward Chamber of Commerce sought out Wada to scout a route to the gold fields and mark the Iditarod trail.  Working with companion Alfred Lowell, Wada accomplished this in in a matter of weeks, setting off another stampede. The southern portion of the modern Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race follows the course Wada pioneered.

Frank Cotter

One member of the Iditarod party was reporter Frank Cotter, a lifelong friend. He remembered how one night, Wada looked out at the view and said, “This is my country, Frank. I hope to live and die here.”  Cotter called Wada “the most indefatigable musher” I have ever known and the peer of any man who ever wore a snowshoe in Alaska.” 

“WADA AS I KNEW HIM” Written by Frank Cotter:  San Fransisco’s The Japanese – American Courier, publishes a weekly article  over three weeks in the month of June, depicting the life of Jujiro Wada. 

John Noon

John Noon, the Treasurer of Seward Commercial Club, is pictured bottom right in this photo with other officers from 1911

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