Judd Harris, Gravedigger

Shown is Judd Harris, the gravedigger in Cordova, Alaska circa 1940. He became a gravedigger because it was more certain work than prospecting for gold, though not easier because of the rock and frozen ground. He made $15 to $18 a grave, but averaged only eighteen graves a year... "and some bad years there are hardly a dozen."

You can read about Judd Harris and other Alaskan characters of the mid-twentieth century in Harry Franck's The Lure of Alaska.
     Posted By: Alex - Fri May 25, 2012
     Category: Jobs and Occupations | 1940s

From the looks of him, a few midnight visits and he could scare up some business.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 05/25/12 at 09:49 AM
Sounds like most years he was in the hole.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 05/25/12 at 10:11 AM
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