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Herning, Orville George, 1868-1947



  • Existence: 1868 - 1947


Orville George Herning was born in Eyota, Minnesota on July 30, 1868. He lived in Liard, Minnesota and also in Naugatuk, Connecticut. In 1898, Herning was instrumental in forming an east-coast-based mining exploration venture, the Klondike & Boston Gold Mining Company, to prospect the north. He subsequently became the manager of the company. In 1905, he opened the Knik Trading Company of Knik and Wasilla. In addition to being a prospector, Herning was also a mapmaker, photographer, and author of articles for journals and newspapers, Herning died in 1947.

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Orville Herning collection

Identifier: Mss-136
Stefansson Mss-136
Date(s): 1963 to 1966

Orville George Herning (1868-1947), prospector. Consist of material concerning Herning's position as manager of the Klondike and Boston Gold Mining and Manufacturing Company. Collected by Louise Potter, the material includes Potter's typescripts of Herning's diaries, which cover the years 1899-1947. Collection also includes correspondence, maps, promotional leaflet and the essay "The first thirty years in the life of O. G. Herning."

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