Petersburg Pilot -

By Emmalee Blender
Excerpt from Streets to the Past 

Sing Lee's murder remains unsolved

Emmalee Blender


Photo courtesy of Clausen Museum

Cash register from Sing Lee's store.

Sing Lee’s story started in 1892 when Mar Goey emigrated from China to Alaska. By the time he settled in Petersburg in 1909, he’d married and changed his name to Mar Chan Len. The name of the shop he opened in Petersburg was called Sing Lee’s and gradually he acquired Sing Lee as a nickname.

The first floor of Sing Lee’s building was mostly store, with a few rental units at the back. Upstairs were more rentals and his apartment. Most of them were bachelor fishermen and miners. Sing Lee sold a little bit of everything from canned goods to groceries. And, most important to children...

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