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Juneau-Douglas City Museum

Halm Gustafson, Goldie

by Harry, Mary, David & Bill Sperling


Not much is known about “Aunty Goldie” who was named after the Golden Gate Bridge. She was born in Douglas. She first married J. W. Flannigan who was connected with the Alaska-Juneau Gold Mine and then Anaconda Copper Mine in Butte, Montana, where they resided. However, she returned to Juneau alone. Bert Johnson was her second husband. Finally, she married Gus Gustafson who was the skipper of the Estebeth. Goldie died in 1951. There were no children. Gus died in Seattle a year later. Except for the two years in Seattle after the mine cave in, I believe she lived always in Douglas and Juneau.