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By Marc Lutz
Wrangell Sentinel 

Alaska historian takes up work finishing Joel Wing's memoir on Cassiar mining days


Courtesy of Trish Neal

"Rosie's Gold Nugget," a manuscript written by the late Joel Wing, was incomplete at the time of his death in 1987. Former Wrangell resident and Anchorage author Trish Neal promised Wing before he died that she would make sure the story was published.

It's a story more than 100 years in the telling. Finally, a book that started being written last century is finding new progress at the hands of an Anchorage author.

Patricia Neal is undertaking the publishing of a book that the late Joel Wing began writing about his family's adventures at the Cassiar Mining District before he retired as the Wrangell magistrate in 1973.

Neal, who's written books about Wrangell history, met Wing in 1981 when she was the curator for the museum. As they got to talking, Wing mentioned that he was writing about the experiences his family had while mining for go...

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