SCROOGE MCDUCKS HISTORY

From time to time attempts have been made to map Scrooge McDuck’s life as seen or mentioned in various duck stories. The attempts have been more or less successful simply because the exercise is by no means straightforward. Artists have come up with new bits for such a timeline puzzle, while others have elaborated on existing ones.
A genuine Scroogean timeline should at least be based on Carl Barks’ stories for the simple fact that he invented Scrooge! Therefore you are introduced to the first timeline ever presenting all of the information Barks himself gave in either graphic or written form in his stories until the year 1947. The undertaking has been daunting, bordering on impossible, and involving some occasional, deductive sleuthing. This means that some of the timeline years are uncertain, because Barks was rarely specific on that crucial point. In some instances he was even contradictory when he, for instance, made statements from which Scrooge’s birth year can be deduced. According to different passages in the stories Scrooge was born sometime between 1860 and 1881!!!

Whenever a year is quite clear from the stories it will be rendered in bold numbers. All other mentionings of years will be as accurate as can be given the material available. A great deal of effort has gone into conveying all the information as chronological – and logical – as possible. Hopefully, you will agree that the timeline is plausible as for the time frames in which the actions took place, so, dear Scrooge,

This is Your Life:

2030
BC

Reincarnation of King Scrooge-Shah (U$71 King Scrooge the First)
946

Eider McDuck is killed by the Saxons (FC0189 The Old Castle’s Secret)
1057 Quackley McDuck buries himself behind the castle walls (FC0189 The Old Castle’s Secret)
1205 Roast McDuck dies from overeating (FC0189 The Old Castle’s Secret)
1220 Swamphole McDuck has the dungeon door sealed (FC0189 The Old Castle’s Secret)
???? Stuft McDuck dies (FC0189 The Old Castle’s Secret)
15??
15??
1560 The McDuck clan becomes owners of a whole fief (U$29 Hound of the Whiskervilles)
The McDucks and the Whiskervilles are in a clan war (U$29 Hound of the Whiskervilles)
The McDuck clan leaves Scotland (U$29 Hound of the Whiskervilles)
1564 British captain Matey McDuck sails the Spanish Main looting for Queen Elizabeth (U$16 Back to Long Ago)
1753 Captain Seafoam McDuck transports a case of horseradish onboard his ship (FC0495 ‘The Horseradish Story’)
1755 The McDuck family acquires a valuable pocket watch (U$10 The Heirloom Watch)
1860 Scrooge’s grandfather is a miner (U$29 Hound of the Whiskervilles)
1870
187?
187? Captain Pothole McDuck participates in a boat race on the Mississippi River (U$11 The Great Steamboat Race)
Receives an American silver dime for polishing a ditchdigger’s shoes (U$44 Invisible Intruder)
Starts his fortune collecting firewood in the hills of Scotland (U$22 The Golden River)
1880
1880
1880
1880 Earns a silver dollar as a boiler on his uncle Pothole’s boat (U$68 Hall of the Mermaid Queen)
Works on the Wabash Cannonball (U$69 The Cattle King)
Works in a bank in southern Minnesota and foils a bank robbery by the James gang (FC0386 Only a Poor Old Man)
Sells Seafoam McDuck’s gold teeth to buy prospector’s outfit (FC0495 ‘The Horseradish Story’)
1882
1882
1882 Punches cows in Montana (FC0386 Only a Poor Old Man)
Finds one third of the world’s known resources of copper (FC0386 Only a Poor Old Man)
Outfoxes the train-robbing Dalton gang (FC0386 Only a Poor Old Man)
1885 Visits Scotland and pays one dollar for his first pair of glasses (U$21 The Money Well)
1887
1887
1887
1887
1887
1887
1887 Learns the Dutch language while in Holland (U$25 The Flying Dutchman)
Sells wind to the windmill makers along the Zuider Zee (U$25 The Flying Dutchman)
Jounces to the African rand, South Africa, in a bullock cart (U$49 The Loony Lunar Gold Rush)
Arrives in Transvaal to participate in a new-found gold strike (U$49 The Loony Lunar Gold Rush)
Runs to Capetown to get asbestos gloves to collect molten gold (U$49 The Loony Lunar Gold Rush)
Finds a diamond mine in the Valley of Gems and names it The Star of the World Mine (U$27 The Money Champ)
Wants some land in Africa for a rubber plantation. Chases the owners out into the jungle (FC0238 Voodoo Hoodoo)
188? Trades coconuts in the Fijis and Samoa Islands (WDCS226 Want to Buy an Island?)
1890 Zooms to the Kalgoorlie gold diggings in Australia in the pouch of a kangaroo (U$49 The Loony Lunar Gold Rush)
189?
189?
189?
189?
189? Involves himself in the pearl trade in Asia (FC0386 Only a Poor Old Man)
Trains cormorants and learns their language (FC0386 Only a Poor Old Man)
Yak buyer in Tibet and learns the Cathay language (U$06 ‘Tralla La’)
Fools the brigands of Mongolia (FC0386 Only a Poor Old Man)
Plays old-time football at Webfoot Tech. (MMA)
1898
1898
1898
1898
1898
1898
1898
1898
1898
1898
1898
1898 Joins the Alaskan gold rush in the boom town of Goldboom (U$59 North of the Yukon)
Borrows some funds from loan shark Soapy Slick and mines near the Frozenjaw River (U$59 North of the Yukon)
Travels to Yukon and battles cold, mosquitos and wolves on the way (U$35 The Golden Nugget Boat)
Digs out gold nuggets of the creeks of the Klondike (FC0386 Only a Poor Old Man)
Barges his gold down the swollen Yukon River to Dawson (U$16 Back to Long Ago)
Meets Glittering Goldie, owner of The Blackjack Ballroom in Dawson (FC0456 Back to the Klondike)
Goldie steals the goose egg nugget (FC0456 Back to the Klondike)
Goldie is forced to sign an I.O.U. for the remaining nuggets gone missing (FC0456 Back to the Klondike)
Goldie is forced to work for a month on Scrooge’s claim near White Agony Creek (FC0456 Back to the Klondike)
Buries a part of his nuggets under 4 rocks in a square on a knoll (FC0456 Back to the Klondike)
Discovers gold near Chilliblain, Alaska (U$35 The Golden Nugget Boat)
Strikes it rich in the boom town of Pizen Bluff (U$26 The Ghosts of Pizen Bluff)
1899 Runs a bank in Klondike until 1902 (U$22 The Golden River)
1900 Doubles working as a lumberjack (U$43 For Old Dime’s Sake)
1902
1902
1902
1902
1902
1902
1902
1902 Tries mining in the area once more but the rush is over (U$43 For Old Dime’s Sake)
Returns briefly to Scotland and buys his red broadcloth coat at a rummage sale (U$12 The Golden Fleecing)
Buys his office cannon at the end of the Boer War (WDCS134 ‘The Anti-Beagle Boys Cannon’)
Returns to the USA and tries his luck in a gold rush at Goldopolis (U$56 Mystery of the Ghost Town Railroad)
Starts a bank in Goldopolis and meets Katie Mallard (Hashknife Kate) (U$56 Mystery of the Ghost Town Railroad)
Bouts with the McViper gang who shoots up his top hat (U$56 Mystery of the Ghost Town Railroad)
Has to pay a dollar to get the hat patched (U$56 Mystery of the Ghost Town Railroad)
Buys 1,000 shares of the Goldopolis and Boom City Railroad (U$56 Mystery of the Ghost Town Railroad)
1904 Sells recordings of The Baggage Coach Ahead at the World’s Fair (U$22 The Golden River)
190?
190?
190?
190?
190? Stakes out 10 acres of ground at the Tulebug River (U$15 The Second Richest Duck)
Builds single-handedly his first money bin – a wooden structure (U$43 For Old Dime’s Sake)
The structure is built on the site of old Fort Duckburg (U$21 The Money Well)
Buys a Rolls Regal horseless shay, but immediately puts it in storage (U$34 Chugwagon Derby)
Transforms the deserted area to a major city – Duckburg (U$18 Land of the Pygmy Indians)
1907 Receives a map to the whereabouts of a gold mine but throws it away (DD52 The Lost Peg Leg Mine)
1908 Peddles hair tonic among the Chillyboot Indians (WDCS230 ‘Black Wednesday’)
190? Suffers periodic depressions (U$17 A Cold Bargain)
1910
1910 Builds Duckburg’s storm drainage system (U$32 That’s No Fable)
Pumps all oil under Duckburg out (U$21 The Money Well)
191?
191?
191?
191?
191?
191?
191?
191?
191?
191?
191?
Joins treasure salvage operations along the old Spanish Main (FC0386 Only a Poor Old Man)
Buys the candy-striped ruby from Bazookistani bandits in Central Asia (U$41 The Status Seeker)
Sells concertinas to the Czar’s cavalry in Russia (U$20 City of Golden Roofs)
Learns Bengali in Pakistan while selling road maps to Marco Polo(!) (U$20 City of Golden Roofs)
Learns how to swim in money in Baghdad (FC0386 Only a Poor Old Man)
Sells rain hats in Aden (U$55 McDuck of Arabia)
Learns Arabic and sells lawn mowers in Sahara (U$19 The Mines of King Solomon)
Starts a thriving salt business in Egypt (U$25 The Pyramid Hunt)
Buys his hourglass in a thieves market in Morocco (FC0291 The Magic Hourglass)
Discovers a diamond mine in Kachoonga, Africa (U$33 Bongo on the Congo)
Befriends the neighbouring leader of the Qwak Qwak tribe, Chief Boogerbooboo (U$33 Bongo on the Congo)

1916
1916
1916 Prospects for emeralds near Emeraldville in South America (U$31 Two Way Luck)
Learns Amazonian from the Indians (U$39 A Spicy Tale)
Collects rubber and fights 40-foot crocodiles in British Guiana (U$57 The Swamp of No Return)
1920
1920 Trades goods with the natives of the South Pacific (U$41 The Status Seeker)
Trades his candy-striped ruby for valuable rights on the island of Rippan Taro (U$41 The Status Seeker)
1923 Gets known in New York as The Birdman of Wall Street (U$51 How Green Was My Lettuce)
1943 Sends a shipment of gold with the later torpedoed Cuspidoria (WDCS172 ‘Christmas in the Deep’)
1947
Emerges in his first story (FC0199 Christmas on Bear Mountain)

The rest we know,
because from now on Scrooge’s merits are well-documented in both written and graphic form throughout the stories

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