Anton Stander

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Anton Stander
Anton Prestopec

June 16, 1867
DiedApril 2, 1952
ResidenceDawson City, Pierce, Talkeetna, Seattle,
Other namesAnton Farrell Standers, Antone Stander, Anton Standler, Anton Standard
Known forHe was one of the six wealthiest prospectors in the Klondike Gold Rush
Spouse(s)Violeta Violett Raymond (nee Little) (1901-1906), Lillian Bessie Longworthy (nee Hobson) (1909-his death, separated)
ChildrenOtis F. Stander (1907-1992), Marjorie Stander Pushkin (1912-2005) (presumably both adopted)
Parent(s)Matej Prestopec (Mathew Paistopic / Matthew Prestopec), Uršula Rojc (Ursla Musteo / Urshula Mustar / Uršula Muster)

Anton Stander (June 16, 1867 – April 2, 1952), was a pioneer and the prospector from the great Klondike Gold Rush. He was one of the six wealthiest prospectors in Klondike.[1]

He came to U.S. 1887 and arrived in Alaska 1896 when he struck lucky.

From 1897 he lived in Dawson City with dancer and opera singer Violet Raymond (he bought her all of the diamonds in Dawson worth $75.000, gave her $20.000 in gold dust and $1000 a month in spending money), they married in 1901 in San Francisco, then settled in Seattle. His wedding gift to her was supposedly a box full of gold worth approximately $100.000 and honeymoon in the Orient, visiting Japan and China before making a trip to Paris.[2][3]

Violet estimated they carried a half million dollars out of the mines.[4]

From 1900 they were the owners of Seattle's Holyoke Building and from 1905 to 1906 also the owners of the newly built 250-room Stander's Hotel (razed in 1930). Less than a year and a half after the opening of the hotel, Anton and Violet divorced, and they divided an estate worth approximately $900,000.

Stander had a problem with alcohol.

Some says that Stander died in Pioneers' Home at Sitka, Alaska,[5] some that he died in Multnomah, Oregon,[6] because he was evicted from Pioneers' Home for drunkenness.[3]


  1. ^ Tappan Adney, The Klondike Stampede, UBC Press, 2011
  2. ^ Rodoljub, VIII/19, Ljubljana, Narodna tiskarna, 1. October, 1898
  3. ^ a b Lael Morgan, "Good Time Girls of the Alaska-Yukon Gold Rush", Epicenter Press, 1999
  4. ^ "Pacific Northwest Magazine - The Stander That Didn't - Seattle Times Newspaper". Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  5. ^ Pierre Berton, "Klondike Fever"
  6. ^ death notice in The Oregonian April 3, 1952

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