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Martha Munger Black
Adventurer, Member of Parliament
> Being the second woman elected to the House of Commons in 1935, at the
> age of 70, was just one of the many adventures that Martha Munger Black
> experienced during her lifetime. She gave up the wealthy Chicago life she was
> born into to partake in the Klondike Gold Rush in 1898. She also gave up her
> wealthy husband, William Purdy, who was reluctant to venture into the
> Yukon's rugged northern terrain, a voyage that necessitated travelling 92
> kilometres on foot over the Rocky Mountains through Chilkoot Pass.
>> Martha survived this treacherous journey, the outbreaks of typhoid fever and
> smallpox, and the crushing northern winter. Unable to afford a doctor, she
> gave birth to the couple's third son alone in a small log cabin in January 1899.
>> She went on to form a gold-mining partnership and later a successful sawmill
> business in Dawson City. In 1904 she married George Black, who became
> commissioner of the Yukon Territory and an MP. In 1935 Martha herself was
> elected to Parliament, replacing her ill husband as the representative for the
> Yukon. Among the issues she pursued as an MP were public health, pensions
> for the blind and nature conservation.
>> Martha Munger Black, "Mother" of the Yukon, died there at the age of 91.
> Black Street in Whitehorse commemorates the accomplishments of the
> Blacks, as do two mountain peaks in the Yukon, named in their honour.
> Jack Andrews
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>> Let not the fierce sun dry one tear of pain before thyself
> hast wiped it from the sufferer's eye.
> H. P. Blavatsky (1831-1891)
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Our Lives With Chronic Pain
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Let not the fierce sun dry one tear of pain before thyself
hast wiped it from the sufferer's eye.
H. P. Blavatsky (1831-1891)