John Honea

John Honea, Ruby

  • John Honea lives in the village of Ruby on the south bank of the Yukon River, a town gold stampeded into existence in 1911.  John, also known as Johnny, is a man of two cultures.  He grew up a half-breed living with White people and with Native, gold mining and trapping, storekeeping and reindeer herding, but always fishing.

    Persistently a hard worker, at sixty-nine his movements are swift and agile.  He says his life has gone well and attributes it to the partnership with his wife Lorraine.  Fishing, hunting, or raising a family, they always work together, helping each other along.