THE REINDEER ADVENTURE by Carl J. Lomen

THE REINDEER ADVENTURE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A plain but prepossessing story of the opening up of Alaska- and a new business- returns to the year 1900 when at the age of 19 Lomen went on a vacation to Nome, along with his father who stayed on to handle claims during the gold rush. Gold did not pan out for young Carl- but his interest in reindeer, and their importance as subsistence for the natives- was alerted. Three years later the rest of his family moved to Alaska, and eventually they formed their reindeer corporation with a mother stock of 1280 which was to grew to herds of over a million. The care of the animals and the herds; their value to the natives- as food and clothing and transport- and in helping them to help themselves; the problems of refrigeration- and financial backing- and finally governmental bureaucracy when they decided that the Department of Interior should intercede and take over the industry- all this is an account of an unusual enterprise which also incorporates many of the aspects of hardier living in the north country.

Pub Date: Nov. 5th, 1954
Publisher: David McKay