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ACEVEDA, ROY AVENA SR. 91, died Jan 22 (1996) in Kake. Aceveda came in 1936 to Kodiak,
where he worked as an accountant in a cannery. He was a civic leader in Kake, and was
president of the Filipino Community in Juneau. He was a chef at the Baranof Hotel in
Juneau for 17 years. (5-6/96)

ADAMS, BETTY JUNE 72, an active member of the Chugiak Senior Center since 1978, died
May 12 (1995) at her Eagle River home. She was a member of the Marine Corps Women's
Reserve during World War II, and a fire dispatcher in Montana before coming in 1954 to
Alaska, where she worked for the Bureau of Land Management in Palmer, Tanacross and
McGrath. She also was a computer operator through the `70s. Her family said, "She raised
six kids in the middle of Alaska and still had a great sense of humor." (9/95)

AHLSTROM, CAROLYN L. 80, a former Alaska Railroad timekeeper, died Oct. 8 (1994) in
Dunnellon, Fla. She managed a credit union in Anchorage, held a national office in the
Emblem Club, and homesteaded at Kenai with her husband, Carl. (3/95)

ALMQUIST, LESLIE W. 91, who managed the Northern Commercial Co. hardware department in
Fairbanks for 38 years, died in November 1994. In addition to tools, his department
sold Caterpillar bulldozers and tractors, Star cars, Dodge trucks, mining machinery and
airplanes. He recalled that he used to fill rush orders for 500 feet of wire rope,
measuring it by pulling it down Second Avenue. (7/95)

ANDERSON, CARL V. 89, died Dec. 2 (1995) in Washington. Born in Sweden, he came to the
United States in 1931, and came to Alaska in 1932 to find his fortune in the Nome gold
fields, working for many years as a dredger. He also worked as a U.S. marshal in Nome.
For 20 years, he was employed by the Federal Aviation Administration in Nome, Moses Point
and Cantwell. (3/96)

ANDERSON, ELTON M. Loner rancher Elton M. Anderson, 75, died April 27 (1995) in Homer.
Anderson and his wife, Edna, built a home and ran a cattle and horse operation on a
grazing lease in the hills north of Homer long before there were any neighbors nearby.
Eventually they bought part of the property--reported to be the state's first grazing
lease--but not before much of the surrounding land had been subdivided into small parcels.
Though the nearness of neighbors sometimes put a crimp in his ranching operation, Anderson
befriended the newcomers and touched their lives in ways he probably never knew. Former
neighbor Adele Hiles, who moved several years ago to Arizona, kept in touch and spoke to
him by phone the week before he died, another neighbor said. Hiles wrote a poem for him,
which was printed on the back of the memorial service program. Homer troubadour Hobo Jim
Varsos, another former neighbor, memorialized Anderson in song several years ago. After
Anderson's death, he wrote another song that was read at the memorial service. Current
neighbor Chat Wise built the casket for Anderson, and another neighbor, Kiki Abrahamson,
lined it. Anderson made a lot of friends in his 35 years in Alaska. According to this
family, Anderson spent countless hours helping and advising the young families who settled
nearby, sharing his knowledge of farming and homesteading. In addition to helping his
neighbors, Anderson helped start the Happy Valley Rodeo and provided stock for several of
the events for many years. He raised cattle and horses there until his death, but to
supplement the family income he spent many winters working in road and oil-field
construction. He accompanied the first Caterpillar train to the North Slope and the
Beaufort Sea. Anderson retired from construction work in 1984.
--Jan O'Meara, Homer News [photo] (8/95)

ANDREWS, JOHN D. a longtime Alaskan, died April 30 (1996) in Anchorage. Born in England,
Andrews came to Alaska in 1937 on a fishing boat. He worked for the Alaska Railroad, and
was a self-employed advertising salesman for 20 years. Andrews also retired from the New
York Life Insurance Co. He loved to play cribbage and bridge, and was an avid fisherman.
Andrews was a member of the Pioneers of Alaska and the American Legion. (9/96)

ARMSTRONG, ROBERT ROLLAND "ARMY" 85, died Dec. 16 (1995) in New Mexico. A First
Presbyterian minister, he served first in Fairbanks in 1940, later in Anchorage and Juneau.
From 1950 to 1956, he served the whole territory. In 1955 he was elected a delegate-at-
large to the Alaska Constitutional Convention. He was president of Sheldon Jackson High
School and Junior College in Sitka from 1956 to 1966. (5-6/96)

BACH, EDWARD E. 86, died July 12 (1996) in California. Bach first came to Alaska in 1938
to work for the fishing industry in Bristol Bay. He then moved in 1940 to Anchorage where
he helped build the 4th Avenue Theatre and many military buildings in the area. He used
his G.I. bill to go to Optometry school, practicing in Anchorage until his retirement in
1987. Bach was an avid photographer and traveler. (11/96)

BAILEY, ANN H. 79, died Jan. 22 (1996) in Ohio. She lived in Ketchikan, and worked for
the U.S. Forest Service in Petersburg and Juneau until retiring in 1971 to a homestead at
point Agassiz. Her nine years at Point Agassiz were the subject of a two-art article in
Alaska magazine in 1980. She returned to Petersburg, where she worked and was active in
the cultural, religious and business communities. (5-6/96)

BARGE, EDWARD JACK 81, died Jan. 3 (1996) in Talkeetna. At age 15 he skied away from the
Catholic mission school at Holy Cross where he was raised. Accompanied by his dog, he
journeyed 70 miles to Flat, where he worked at a mine. During his lifetime he worked as a
pilot for Star Airways, which became Alaska Airlines; worked as a miner, pioneered roads
all over Alaska; and owned Barge Air Service. (4/96)

BELL, FLORENCE Guardian Angel - Best Known for delivering more than 100 babies during
32 years in the tiny Southeast town of Kake, Florence "Ma" Bell, 97, died Oct. 9 (1994)
in Gardiner, Maine, her birthplace. In her early years, Bell worked as a nurse and
nursing instructor in hospitals and schools on the East Coast and in the South. After
her first husband died, Bell joined the U.S. Public Health Service which sent her to
Alaska on the U.S.S. Hygiene. She soon settled in Kake, where she met and married
Raymond Bell, proprietor of the town's only store. Bell helped her husband run the
store. "She had a candy section that was the best around," said Ronelle Beardslee,
now of Petersburg, "but she would close it during lunch, from 12 to 1, because she was
worried about the health of the kids." Beardslee said Bell, who wasn't intimidated by
anyone, was considered the community's matriarch. "We called her Ma Ball," said Kake
Mayor Lonnie Anderson, who lived next door to the Bells. With no doctor in Kake and no
roads to other towns, Bell's role as nurse and midwife was critical to the community.
"She saved people's lives, you bet she did," said Lois Berkeley of Kake. When Ray Bell
died in 1978, Florence Bell retired to Petersburg. In 1990 the Kake Fire Department
escorted her back to Kake for a reception in her honor, where most of the 110 people
she had delivered each presented her with a rose. "She could recall every one of them
by name," said Marvin Kadake, a family friend. In 1991, the Alaska Legislature presented
her with a citation for humanitarianism, for years of donating food, boat travel and even
power from the Bells' own generator when the community was in need. The citation lauded
her for watching over Kake "like an angel." - Bob Schwoch, Petersburg Pilot [photo] (3/95)

BIEDERMAN, CHARLIE 76, Alaska’s last surviving sled dog mail carrier, died Feb. 22 (1995)
in Fairbanks. The Fairbanks resident delivered mail between Circle City and Eagle, a route
that took him and his eight dogs six days each way, hauling 500 pounds of mail during the
winters of 1936 through 1938, when airplanes took over. Last January Biederman traveled
to Washington, D.C., where his 12-foot hickory sled was readied for the National Postal
Museum, a branch of the Smithsonian Institution. (7/95)

BIERY, GALEN 83, a former Petersburg resident who was called a "walking repository of
cannery history," died Sept. 26 (1994) in Washington. He and Rosamonde Van Miert wrote
two books about the fishing industry. An exhibition of some of Biery's thousands of
photos was held last year at the Whatcom Museum of History and Art in Bellingham, Wash. (2/95)

BOOTH, CORA LANG 91, longtime Sitka resident, died Sept. 18 (1994) in Sitka. Born in
Metlakatla, she graduated from Portland University. She was town secretary of Metlakatla
during the early 1940s, and helped draw up Metlakatla's town constitution. She also was
a teacher and dormitory matron at Mount Edgecumbe High School from 1954 to 1984. (2/95)

BOOTH, VIOLET ALICE 84, died Jan. 5 (1996) in Metlakatla. She was active in church and
Tsimshian cultural activities, and was a strong supporter of basketball. Survived by 19
children and one foster son, she was voted Mother of the Year twice in 1975. (5-6/96)

BOQUIST, HELGE A. 90, died July 4 (1996) in Anchorage. Born in Sweden, Boquist arrived
in 1928 in Alaska where he worked as a trapper in the Interior and for the Alaska Road
Commission. He mined for gold at Preacher Creek and alter at the Chatanika Gold Dredge.
He enjoyed working in his vegetable garden, reading history books on Sweden and playing
pinochle. (11/96)

BRADLEY, PAT 84, died Dec. 27 (1995) at her Matanuska Valley home. Arriving in Anchorage
in 1942, she often cooked at construction sites where her husband worked. In 1949 the
couple moved to a farm and raised potatoes until starting a small dairy business, which
they operated until the 1970s. (5-6/96)

BRADY, WILLIAM "BILL" 73, died Nov. 14 (1995) in Sitka. He is perhaps best known for his
service as the first chief judge of the Sitka Tribal Court. One of his decisions went all
the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and established precedent that the Indian Child Welfare
Act applies to all Alaska Native children. In his earlier days, Judge Brady joined the
Alaska National Guard, becoming the first Alaska Native to be commissioned a second
lieutenant. He also built a fishing boat, the Actor II, and bought The Tackle Shop in the
mid-1960s. Judge Brady was a past president of the Shee Atika Corp., and influenced the
development of culturally appropriate substance abuse treatment in Alaska. (3/96)

BRAUN, FREDERICK J. 87, a longtime Anchorage resident, died March 1 (1996) in Washington.
Born in Canada, he moved to Alaska in 1935 to manage the Alaska Railroad Hospital in
Anchorage. After returning from the railroad in 1967, he and his wife, Irene, traveled
all over the world. He was a past president of Pioneers of Alaska (Igloo No. 15), and was
a charter member of the Anchorage Kennel Club. (7/96)

BRINK, MINNIE M. 98, died Jan. 30 (1996) at the Palmer Pioneers' Home. Born in Nome, she
was a housewife who gave her time to family, community and church. She is survived by
five of her 10 children, 43 grandchildren, 82 great-grandchildren, and 12 great-great-
grandchildren. (5-6-/96)

BROWN, IDA VIOLET 75, a longtime Sitka resident whose Tlingit name was Koowaa, died
Sept. 29 (1994) at the Sitka Pioneers' Home. An expert seamstress, she sewed Salvation
Army uniforms for many years. She also did tailoring, and helped her husband with their
upholstery business, shoe store and shoe repair shop. She had a high soprano voice that
was a pleasure to hear. (2/95)

CARROLL, ERMA JOSEPHINE 94, died Feb. 29 (1996) in Homer. Born in Maine, she moved to
Alaska in 1924. She and husband Fred owned the 12th Ave. Electric Co. in Fairbanks, and
she was a charter member of the Fairbanks Weavers Guild. The family moved to Homer in 1954.

CASEY, HERBERT F. 88, an Anchorage resident since 1949, died May 4 (1995) at the Anchorage
Pioneers' Home. He worked in building maintenance for the Lathrop Co., and gave many
individuals their first jobs. (8/95)

CARTER, MARY 84, died Nov. 6 (1995) in North Pole. She came to Alaska in 1946. During
her many years in Fairbanks, she owned and operated many enterprises, including a tailoring
business. Her sewing career began in Hollywood, Calif., where she was the lead seamstress
for Edith Head. Many of the ballroom gowns and tuxedos in the early movies were created by
Carter. (3/96)

CHERCASEN, DOROFEY "RUSTY" 80, of Nikolski on Umnak Island in the Aleutians, died Oct. 23
(1994) in Anchorage. In an interview four years ago, Chercasen described the amazement
Nikolski villagers felt in 1924 when ranchers imported 2,000 sheep and a handful of cows
and horses, the first farm animals the residents had ever seen. Chercasen's first job was
rounding up sheep for $1 a day. He soon stowed away on a ship carrying other village men
to St. Paul to work in the sealing industry. "I worked all summer and came back with $5,"
he chuckled. "All the rest was gone in gambling and candy. I was just a kid, you know."

CHRISTENSEN, NORA B. 87, died Feb. 2 (1995) in Anchorage. Starting in 1929, she taught
school, worked as a prospector, and was postmaster in Kenai, Cooper Landing and Clam Gulch,
where she and her husband, Walt, owned and operated Calm Gulch Store until 1975. (8/95)

CLARK, CARL M. 88, died Jan. 20 (1996) in Peters Creek. Arriving with his family in Seward
in 1913, he rode by dogsled in his mother's lap to Hope. According to his family, he was
Hope's longest resident. He and his brother had a boating service across Turnagain Arm, and
he had worked as a railroad gandy-dancer, gold miner, commercial fisherman and hunting guide.

CLAUS, NANCY LOU 59, a culinary worker, died Oct. 27 (1994) in Fairbanks. She was
nationally known and internationally recognized by Life magazine in 1963 for her side-arm,
quick-draw expertise. Claus always had a ready smile, a hot cup of coffee and a sharp-
witted anecdote when serving customers at the Broiler, Drop In and Grapeview cafes in
Fairbanks. (3/95)

CONLEY, CLYDE R. 80, a carpenter and businessman, died April 21 (1995) at his Anchorage
home. He came to Alaska in 1938 seeking employment, and worked for various construction
companies. He later owned and worked at the C.R. Conley Building. He and his wife, Ruth,
homesteaded on Butterfly Lake in 1957. (9/95)

CONLEY, RUTH M. 80, died April 24 (1995) in Anchorage. She joined her husband, Clyde,
in Fairbanks in 1939; the family moved to Anchorage in 1941. Her last job was at Northern
Consolidated Airlines, where she worked as an executive secretary for the airline's
president for 32 years. (9/95)

CROW, RALPH HOKE 76, died May 26 (1996) in Anchorage. Born in California, Crow moved to
Alaska in 1941 to work as a surveyor with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during World
War II. Crow also worked for the Municipality of Anchorage as a surveyor, before retiring
from the Federal Aviation Administration in 1981. He was active with Pioneers of Alaska
(Igloo No. 15) and the Elks. (9/96)

CUTLER, HOWARD 77, died Nov. 17 (1995) at his Fairbanks home. In 1976 he became the first
chancellor of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He held various academic posts with the
university, beginning in 1962, and held the rank of Chancellor Emeritus and Regent's
Professor of Economics Emeritus. He was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
by the University of Iowa Alumni Association in 1989. (3/96)

DARLING, MARY A. 70, died Dec. 24 (1995) in Fairbanks. She was a bilingual English tutor
for the Literacy Council, and participated in the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics, Festival of
Native Arts, Tanana Valley State Fair, and Fairbanks Homemakers. Darling owned a general
store at Anaktuvuk Pass, and marketed the Original Caribou Eskimo Masks, as well as her
designer Eskimo pins and caribou hoof pincushions. (4/96)

DAVENPORT, VANNY 88, died July 29 (1996) in Anchorage. Davenport moved to Anchorage in
1917 with her parents. She taught fifth grade in Anchorage and first through eighth grade
in a one-room schoolhouse in Healy. Davenport worked as a customer service representative
in bookkeeping for National Bank of Alaska from 1956 until 1973, and later as curator of
the bank's Alaska Heritage Library, retiring in 1984. She was active in many clubs
including the Alaska Crippled Children's Society, Auxiliary No. 4. (11/96)

DEGNAN, ADA JOHNSSON 85, died Jan. 4 (1996) in Unalakleet. In 1934 she married Frank A.
Degnan and helped him in his duties as president of the village. Their combined efforts
brought many benefits to the community. Her family said she was always thankful for the
electricity and running water in Unalakleet. A charter member of the Eskimo Mothers' Club,
she was the first woman to serve on the Unalakleet village council. She was a volunteer
cook for the Bureau of Indian Affairs for 10 years, providing nutritious meals for many
children, and she organized the Girl Scout program in Unalakleet, serving as leader for
many years. (4/96)

DEMIENTIEFF, FRANCES WINIFRED HAWLEY 100, Athabascan matriarch of the Demientieff family,
died March 1 (1995) in Anchorage. She was a homemaker, midwife and medical aide. She had
the same fish camp for 80 years. Her husband died in 1930, and she raised her five children
and nine foster children by hard work and subsistence-style living, the family said. (7/95)

DeWITT, ELOISE 82, a retired Fairbanks teachers, died April 5 (1995) in Arkansas. Her
students and their parents have memories of the special musical programs of "Hee-Haw" that
she choreographed, costumed and produced. DeWitt also wrote and published a garden book.

DINGLASA, PHILLIP CABALAN 78, died May 5 (1996) in Kodiak. Born in Hawaii, Dinglasa moved
in 1945 to Kodiak, where he worked as a commercial fisherman until retirement in 1984. He
was an avid sportsfisherman who enjoyed canning salmon and handcrafting his own flies.
When not fishing, he enjoyed sewing and taking long drives. (9/96)

DOOLEY, ALFORD U. 82, died May 5 (1996) in Anchorage. Dooley came to Anchorage in 1947
to work for the Alaska Carpenters Union, retiring in 1976. He was active in the Alaska
Dog Mushers' Association and Chugach Dog Mushers Association. He received many awards
for dog mushing races and his volunteer work with the associations. He enjoyed making
dog sleds, gardening and travel. (9/96)

DREW, ALTA MARIE SIEMER 80, died July 5 (1996) in Anchorage. Drew moved in 1946 to Alaska
where she and husband Richard ran a trapping and guiding business at Caswell Lakes. She
moved to Anchorage in 1957 and worked for the U>S> Army Corps of Engineers at Elmendorf
Air Force Base, the Alaska Native Medical Center and the National Weather Service, retiring
from the government in 1978. Drew loved the outdoors, gardening, hunting, fishing and
spending time at her homestead with her dogs. (11/96)

DUNN, WILLIAM THOMAS 86, a longtime Juneau resident, died Jan. 13 (1996). Dunn was known
for his community activities, his wit, his love of cigars, fine steaks and classy cars, and
for his trademark hat. He was a frequent spectator in Juneau courtrooms, and his family
tells of his passion for 'writing vigorous letters to the editor." (5-6/96)

SANUITA, CASIMIR 77, an Alaskan since 1955, died Oct. 8 (1994) in Anchorage. He traveled
the world with the Merchant Marine and worked as a cook in Hawaii, Alaska and San Francisco.
He worked as a laborer on the trans-Alaska pipeline until retiring in 1987. From 1955 until
his death, he was a photographer of judges, governors, congressmen, military and friends.
His family said, "Casimir could never be bought, would never lie and would never cheat."

SCHALLENBERG, MILDRED E. 85, a licensed beautician who ran the C Street Beauty College,
died Nov. 2 (1994) in Anchorage. She moved to Anchorage in the early 1950s and practiced
as a manicurist, beautician and licensed cosmetology teacher. (3/95)

SCHOONOVER, MARGARET 76, a teacher and author, died Sept. 17 (1994) in Anchorage. From
1950 to 1960 she and her husband lived in southeastern Alaska, where they lived in a tent
and worked on mining claims. She taught school in Anchorage, receiving the Anchorage
Teacher of the Year award. She published more than 50 articles in the Lapidary Journal
Magazine of San Diego, Calif. She also served as head guard at the Port of Anchorage after
her retirement in 1969. (2/95)

SCHRADER, GERTRUD 86, died Nov. 17 (1995) in Ketchikan. Born in Latvia, she was a
displaced person in Siberia, Manchuria, Germany, Poland and Czechoslovakia, until she
emigrated to the United States in 1950. She moved to Ketchikan in 1956 to work at the
hospital. She will be remembered for her parties: the gingerbread house parties; 12 days
of Christmas open houses with her candlelit Christmas tree; her egg-rolling parties at
Easter; and the May pole dances every weekend in May, where she provided the music on her
accordion. She actively exercised her U.S. freedoms, and became involved in causes and
changes she thought necessary. "She was a treasure in this town," a friend said. (3/96)

SHAW, JANET CORLISS 61, died Nov. 17 (1995) in Arizona. Born in Seward to a pioneer
Alaska family, she had lived in Cordova since 1938. She was a bookkeeper with North
Pacific Fisheries, and she and her husband were partners in two fishing boats. (4/96)

SHELL, OPEL A. 92, An Anchorage homemaker, died Nov. 3 (1994) at the Anchorage Pioneers'
Home. She and husband David Shell settled on an Anchorage homesite in 1950, living in a
tent while they started a cabin. She attributed her longevity to fried chicken, oatmeal
and beans. (3/95)

SHEPHERD, EDWARD R. "TRADER ED" 86, a trader and master furrier, died Jan. 28 (1995) in
Palmer. He established The Alaska Fur Factory, reported to be Alaska’s first year-round
manufacturing and retail fur business. He also established a trading post at Gambell on
St. Lawrence Island. Shepherd was a big-game guide and served as chief technical advisor
to French explorer Jacques Cousteau during filming of Cousteau’s Bering Sea television
special. (7/95)

SHERMAN, IRENE 84, the self-proclaimed "Queen of Fairbanks," died Feb. 20 (1995) in
Fairbanks. Her home for 40 years was her castle, barricaded behind mounds of rock,
cardboard and junk. Sherman was a familiar figure on downtown streets, as she traveled
along, stopping to visit and chat with anyone who would listen. (7/95)

SHERROD, DOROTHY A. 86, A Matanuska Valley colonist, died Jan. 8 (1995) in Palmer.
Sherrod and her husband, Max, both worked as nurses for the Colony Project, and then in
1939 they moved to their farm, which operated as Sherrod Gardens for years. (8/95)

SIAH, MARY Longtime Fairbanksan and community activist Mary Virginia Siah, 72, died
Nov. 19 (1995) in Fairbanks. Siah was best known for her crusade to save the old
community recreational center and swimming pool it held. Mary Siah was a born organizer
who talked to people, made phone calls, wrote letters, cajoled politicians and generally
gave her all to the causes she took hold of. She didn't like to hear the word "no," and
more than a few government officials would have rather not heard from her as often as they
did. She once told me that sometimes she would return emptyhanded from trips to the grocery
store because she would get so busy talking she'd forget to buy food. The oldest of 15
children, Siah arrived in Fairbanks in 1952. She came north, like many Alaskans, in search
of "better opportunities," family members said. The old swimming pool was a candidate for
the wrecking ball in the late 1970s, but Siah thought that the borough needed the small pool
to provide a service to handicapped people, children, senior citizens and families. She had
been swimming every day at the pools as part of her rehabilitation from a 1970 car accident.
To save the center, Siah gathered 2,406 signatures on a petition that led to renovation of
the building. Siah had many interests. She continued to petitions for community projects,
took up painting, and was an avid fan of the Fairbanks Gold Kings hockey team. "Every day
that I wake up is one of the best days I've seen yet," she told me in 1985. "If you have a
problem it doesn't do any good to complain. You'd be surprised what you can do for
yourself." - Dermot Cole Fairbanks Daily News-Miner [photo] (3/96)

SIMMONDS, SAMUEL Revered elder, minister and community leader, Samuel Simmonds, 73, died
May 26 (1996) in Barrow. He was a towering figure with a shock of white hair, thick black,
expressive eyebrows and a smile like a ray of sunshine in December. Simmonds spent his
life caring spiritually for others, leading by example with his moral approach to life.
Born in Barrow, Simmonds took up reindeer herding as a teenager in Tigaluk, near what is
now the village of Atqasuk. It is said that he used to ride around on a reindeer, traveling
like Santa Claus. At age 42, Simmonds became a lay preacher for the Urqiagvik Presbyterian
Church in Barrow in 1954. Upon his ordination in 1961, he was named associate pastor at
that church, and in 1968 he became its pastor. Simmonds traveled throughout the state to
spread God's word, and served as pastor at Olgonik Presbyterian Church in Wainwright for
16 years. Simmonds also wrote several hymns, one of which, "Oh How Joyful," was sung at
his funeral. Simmonds was honorably retired from the Presbytery of Yukon in 1988. He
became a master ivory carver, crafting realistic figures that depicted the subsistence
life of his Inupiat people. Most of his carvings are held in private collections. He
once said, "The reason I do these human figures is I try to preserve the things I have
seen as a boy." The city of Barrow declared April 10, 1996, "Samuel Simmonds Day," and on
April 11, Urqiagvik Presbyterians celebrated the 35th anniversary of his ordination.
Simmonds married twice and raised 12 children. "I don't know how I raised all of those
kids, but it was fun." Simmonds once said. "No regrets." The Rev. William Findlay said
at Simmonds' funeral, "He taught by example how to live a holy life." Quoting from the
Bible, the book of Matthew, Findlay observed, "Well done, though good and faithful servant."
-- Dimitra Lavrakas The Arctic Sounder (9/96)

SIMMONS, SHELDON B. "SHELL" 86, a pioneer aviator renowned for daring rescues, died Nov.
16 (1994)in Juneau. He turned a one-plane fleet into a regional carrier that helped
form Alaska Airlines. In one of his celebrated rescues, he located the wrecked plane of
a just-married Seattle couple, lost on their way to Ketchikan on a honeymoon trip. The
couple later was found safe on the beach. "They were huddled up together to die," Simmons
said. "What a hell of a honeymoon that was." (3/95)

SMITH, EVA O. 85, an Alaska pioneer known to many Alaskans as "The Stanley Lady," died
Oct. 27 (1994) in Anchorage. She and her family homesteaded in the Houston area during
the 1950s. (3/95)

SOUTHALL, DORIS 91, died Dec. 4 (1995) at the Fairbanks Pioneers' Home. The senior
activist, retired nurse and historian first traveled to Fairbanks in 1953. She was
instrumental to the funding and construction of two senior-housing complexes: Golden
Towers and the Southall Manor Apartments, which bear her name. A highlight of her life
came when she was 88, when she was given an honorary doctorate degree from the University
of Alaska Fairbanks for her work with the Alaska Nurse's Association historical project.

SPARCK, HAROLD Well-known Bethel fisheries and subsistence activist Harold Sparck, 51,
died April 27 (1995) in Anchorage. Sparck came to Bethel in 1968 as a teacher at the
local public school. He soon left in a dispute over policies that he felt discriminated
against Yup'ik students. After marrying a young Yup'ik schoolteacher from Chevak named
Lucy Jones, who challenged him to turn the system around, Sparck put down his roots and
embarked upon a remarkable quarter-century of activism. Sparck helped lobby for a federal
subsistence preference for Yup'ik and other rural Alaskans. He plotted strategy that helped
push the Japanese driftnet fleets out of the North Pacific and usher in an era of record
Alaska salmon harvests. And he was one of the early proponents of a federal program that
now endows western Alaska villages with shares of the billion-dollar North Pacific bottom-
fish harvests. In all his efforts, he sought to first safeguard subsistence values and
then helped develop new sources of income for the Yup'ik people. He helped design a
strategy that won the support of the trawl fleet and ushered in a new era of partnerships
that has put village people to work on the Bering Sea factory ships. The plan also funded
small-boat fleets that villages use in coastal harvests. "He was recognized as the key
person that had to be contacted whenever there was an issue that might impact the west
coast (Alaska) people," said Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens. "Harold really believed in what
he was doing, and put his heart and soul into it seven days a week." Said Harold Napoleon,
a Yup'ik leader. "I think he became a Yup'ik. He out-Yup'iked the Yup'iks." Hal Bernton,
Anchorage Daily News (9/95)

SPRINGHILL, BETTY CARTER 78, a teacher and tireless supporter of causes in Kodiak, died
April 1 (1995) in Anchorage. She and her late husband, John, owned a Kodiak jewelry store.
After the 1964 tidal wave, they rebuilt their store on skids--so it would float if another
disaster occurred-and renamed the business "Dad's Ark." (8/95)

STATON, NORMAN EWELL SR. 72, died Sept. 13 (1995) in Sitka. After serving in the military
in Alaska during World War II, he married and settled in Southeast. The couple owned
various businesses in Sitka, including many restaurants and, most recently, the Log Cache
Gift Shop. (3/96)

STICKMAN, ROMEO C. "WALLY" 80, a hunter, trapper and fisherman, died Oct. 18 (1994) in
Fairbanks. Born in Nulato, he served his community as a village chief and councilman.
Stickman was a member of the Alaska Territorial Guard in the early 1940s, and a lifelong
member of Our Lady of the Snow parish in Nulato. (3/95)

STROECKER, ELEANOR STOLEN 82, died Feb. 5 (1996) in Fairbanks. Born on a farm in
Washington, she moved to Fairbanks in 1936. Widowed in 1951 with five children, she took
over her husband's wholesale business. She remarried in 1957 and became a flight attendant
that same year. She was a member of many clubs including the Emblem Club, Fairbanks Garden
Club and the Pioneers Auxiliary. (7/96)

TAGUCHI, ISAMU "SAM" Juneau resident Isamu "Sam" Taguchi, 77, died Dec. 20 (1995) in
Juneau. His City Café was an important gathering place for generations of local
politicians, tradesmen and fishermen. Taguchi came from Seattle in 1935 to work in a
fish cannery at Shearwater Bay on Kodiak Island before coming in the late 1930s to Juneau,
where he worked at the Juneau Laundry. In Juneau when the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred,
Taguchi was asked to help with the evacuation of Japanese Americans to an assembly camp in
Puyallup, Wash. He later was reunited with his family at the Minidoka Camp in Hunt, Idaho.
He then moved to Minnesota. Returning to Juneau in 1949, he was offered a partnership in
the City Café, eventually assuming full ownership. The restaurant moved to its present
location around the time the downtown ferry terminal was built. In 1982 Taguchi sold the
business, later opening "Taguchi's Fine Chow" with his brother, Gim. He retired several
years ago. Taguchi was a lifelong sports enthusiast, his family wrote. At age 10, he
appeared on two Seattle Times sports-quiz radio shows, in which he placed first both times.
While living in Chicago during the 1940s, he organized and coached the Chicago Huskies
basketball team, made up of former Seattleites. Taguchi also sponsored a successful
Juneau basketball team, the City Café, in the '50s. He also was an avid bowler and
sponsored a City Café bowling team. During the 1960s, Gov. Bill Egan appointed Taguchi
as Alaska's Commissioner of Athletics. - Chris Russ, Juneau Empire (4/96)

TAYLOR, OLGA A. 95, died Dec. 28 (1995) in Anchorage. She had lived throughout Alaska
with her husband, a U.S. marshal. She helped in caring for prisoners and had been
involved in a gold mining operation in Interior. She became a seamstress after her
husband's death. In her later years she made blankets for premature babies at Providence
Hospital and was a member of the Anchorage Mothers Club for more than 50 years. (5-6-/96)

TAYLOR, RALPH JOHN 80, died Jan. 6 (1996) in Ketchikan. He retired in Ketchikan from
the Immigration and Naturalization Service after 36 years of public service, during which
he had helped naturalize more than 300 citizens. (5-6-/96)

TEMPLE, HENRY I. 85, of Bethel, died Oct. 14 (1995) in Anchorage. He raised his family
in Napakiak, and worked as a commercial fisherman. Temple loved to carve and build sleds.

THIELKE, BEATRIS "STEVE" STEVENS 84, a longtime Alaska, died Nov. 15 (1994) at the Sitka
Pioneers' Home. She and husband Lindsley Thielke homesteaded in Sitka in 1941. Their
homestead was expropriated by the U.S. Army at the outbreak of World War II. A reading
advocate, Thielke was a longtime member of the Sitka Public Library board, and spent years
organizing and documenting thousands of library items for Sheldon Jackson College. (3/95)

THOMAS, ANTHONY W. "TONY" 79, died Dec. 30 (1995) in Juneau. Arriving in Alaska in 1938,
he retired from the U.S. Forest Service after 39 years. He took part in many search and
rescue activities, and was awarded two silver lifesaving medals. An Eagle Scout, he was
active in Boy Scouting. He also participated in the early years of the Territorial
Sportsmen, and the Juneau Icefield Research Program. (5-6/96)

TOCKTOO, GRACE MANNIQ 90, a lifelong Alaskan, died May 2 (1996) in Anchorage. Born in
Shishmaref, she went by dogsled to Teller to marry Eddie Tocktoo in 1923. They were
married nearly 60 years and had eight children. Tocktoo worked as a cook at Shishmaref
Grade School and was a midwife. In the summer months she provided snacks for fishermen.
Tocktoo sang in her church choir and taught Sunday school. She enjoyed skin sewing,
knitting and beadwork. (9/96)

TOLOFF, JAMES ANDRES 71, died July 10 (1996) in Anchorage. Born in Anchorage, Toloff was
inducted into the U.S. Army in 1944 and participated in the Aleutian and Pacific campaigns.
In 1947, he moved to Seward where he began his career as a longshoreman, retiring in 1985.
Toloff was an avid hunter and fisherman. (11/96)

TUREK, RAYMOND SR. 75, died Jan. 14 (1996) in Missouri. A Ketchikan resident for nearly
60 years, he owned several businesses, including Western Auto and Ketchikan Key Co.
Turek played first chair violin for Ketchikan's Shoestring Symphony, and was an active
member of many community organizations. (5-6-/96)

TWEET, MARY MONICA 93, a lifelong Alaska, teacher, postmaster and businesswoman, died
Aug. 31 (1994) in Anchorage. Born in Juneau, she taught at Hope, Circle, Eska, Woodrow
and, finally, at Teller, where she married and lived for 50 years. (2/95)

ECKERT, LILLIAN 93, died Jan. 6 (1996) in Palmer. Married to Virgil Eckert, the couple was
Matanuska Valley colonists, moving to Alaska from a Midwest farm with just two weeks notice.
The couple farmed in Alaska for 30 years, later establishing the Hillcrest Nursery and other
businesses. (4/96)

EMERSON, FRED 91, died April 6 (1995) at the Sitka Pioneers' Home. Coming to Alaska in
1941, he was a machinist on the crew that built the Whittier tunnel. He worked in
construction throughout the state, sluiced for gold for 22 summers in the Porcupine area,
and lived in the Chilkat Valley for 35 years. (8/95)

EVANS, DOROTHY `DOR' 78, died May 22 (1995) in Juneau. Shortly after her marriage in 1942,
she and her husband traveled via steamship to Juneau, where she worked as a purchasing agent
for the territory and later for the state Department of Administration. Her family said one
of her proudest accomplishments was the log cabin she and her husband built by hand on Lena
Point in Juneau. (9/95)

FARRELL, VIRGIL ROGER 92, known as the “Admiral of the Eskimo Navy, died Feb. 25 (1995)
in Arizona. Best known for his management of the Bureau of Indian Affairs ships (the
North Star, North Star II and North Star III) from 1947 to 1973, he moved to Nome in
1933 to begin a 40-year career with the bureau. He also is credited with founding the
Alaska Native Arts and Crafts Association. (7/95)

FEJES, JOE 81, a longtime Fairbanks resident, died Feb. 10 (1996) in California. Born in
Hungary, he settled in Fairbanks in 1946 with wife Claire and worked as a gold miner in
Flat. He was active in forming the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra and toured around the
state with its chamber orchestra. He donated violins to the Fairbanks Youth Symphony and
formed a scholarship fund for young musicians. He and his wife opened and ran Alaska's
first hobby shop and first art gallery in Fairbanks. (7/96)

FRANZ, CHARLES JULIUS 86, died March 16 (1996) in Washington. Born in Herendeen Bay near
Port Moller, he helped build the Dutch Harbor airstrip during World War II and served as a
state representative from Port Moller. He pioneered the Franz Point commercial salmon
operation near Nelson Lagoon and also owned a commercial flying service there. The Charles
J. Franz High School at Nelson Point is named after him. (7/96)

FROST, SUSAN 96, a fluent speaker of Russian, Aleut and English, died Nov. 7 (1994) in
Kodiak. Born in Afognak, she experienced the 1912 Karmai volcanic eruptions, recalling
that Afognak residents scraped the ash off their potato patches, ensuring potatoes for
the winter, but Kodiakans did not. (3/95)

FRY, CLARENCE E. 84, died Dec. 30 (1995) in Sunshine. He came to Alaska in 1934, and was
a member of Local 302 of the Operating Engineers for more than 50 years. His friends said:
"Clarence loved everyone and everyone loved Clarence. He was an avid talker, and gold
mining was his favorite topic." (5-6/96)

GABRIEL, MOSES PAUL 64, former Alaskan, died May 10 (1995) in Seattle. During the 1970s,
he learned to read and write his native Gwich'in language and was a bilingual teacher in
his home village of Chalkyitsik. A gifted scholar, he helped interview storytellers and
transcribed many folktales from tape recordings. For several years he worked as a linguist
for the Alaska Native Language Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. (9/95)

GILKISON, MARGARET ELLIS 80, died Oct. 24 (1995) in Washington. As a young widow she
moved to Alaska in 1936 looking for adventure. She married Chet Ellis, who ran a second-
hand store in Juneau. The couple fished the trolling boat Hope and smoked salmon for sale
at their homestead behind Auke Lake for many years. She later worked for the Bureau of
Indian Affairs in Juneau, and at Wrangell Institute. (3/96)

GILLIAN, ELIZABETH IRENE 92, died July 15 (1996) in Sitka. Born in Wrangell, Gillian was
a member of the Naan Ya.aayi clan from the Mud Shark House and was known as the last living
Tlingit princess. She worked as a waitress in Pelican and Juneau, and was well-known for her
smoked fish, homemade breads, pastries and Native foods. Gillian also loved to make fried
bread and other treats for neighborhood children. (11/96)

GRAVES, IRENE 84, died May 5 (1996) in Kodiak. Born in Afognak, throughout much of her
life she worked in canneries on the west side of Kodiak Island, including Port Bailey and
Uganik. She performed many services for the community, as nurse, undertaker and midwife.
She lived for many years in Ouzinkie, where she was known as "Babooka," which means "the
person who brings you into the world." (9/96)

HAALAND, DOROTHY AWES 77, died Feb. 23 (1996) in Washington. She was a member of the
last territorial legislature and a former Alaska Constitutional Convention delegate. She
was one of the fist women to be admitted to the bar in Alaska and served as assistant
attorney general for 16 years. She loved reading and playing cards. (7/96)

HAFEMEISTER, MARGARET 87, long-time resident of Seward, died May 21 (1995) at the Anchorage
Pioneer's Home. A history of her 25 years as a social worker in Alaska resides in the
archives of the University of Alaska Anchorage. Her family said, "Margaret will be
remembered by the many who loved her for her generosity and her strength of spirit." (9/95)

HAGGARD, HARVEY O'NEAL 80, died Dec. 9 (1995) in Fairbanks. From 1959 to 1975 he taught
photography and math at Lathrop High School. He served as president of the state National
Education Association. He retired and started Fairbanks Fast Foto, the first color photo
lab in Fairbanks. One of his sources of pride was a picture he took in Munich, Germany,
the photo won the Kodak Community Service Award for "People Helping People." (4/96)

HANBURY, WILFRED SR. 78, a longtime commercial seine fisherman and student counselor at
the Wrangell Institute and at Mount Edgecumbe High School, died Oct. 15 (1994) in Sitka.
A Native Alaskan, he served in World War II and received a battlefield commission to first
lieutenant during the liberation of the Philippines. A devoted family man, he took his
family on vacations and shopping sprees, and frequently took his wife dancing and for
unplanned trips on the ferry. (2/95)

HARRIS, ETHEL M. 75, died July 30 (1996) in Anchorage. Harris was employed in several
banks in the Fairbanks area from 1949 to 1979, retiring as manager of Fort Wainwright
Federal Credit Union in 1979. She was Mrs. Fairbanks in 1966 and was listed in Who's
Who in American Women in 1986. She served on the board of directors for Fairbanks
Memorial Hospital, was a 4-H leader and a member of the Zonta Club. (11/96)

HARRIS, NINA KRAUN 93, a lifelong Alaskan, died May 17 (1996) in Anchorage. Born in
Uashik, she worked as a commercial fisherwoman, a cannery cook, and as a village midwife,
delivering many babies in the Naknek area. Harrison loved church, crocheting, berry picking
and trapping beaver. (9/96)

HARRIS, RICHARD TIGHE 83, died July 20 (1996) in Gustavus. Born in Juneau, Harris was
the grandson and namesake of one of Juneau's co-founders. Harris worked 38 years for the
city of Juneau's street department, building many of the city's stairways. In 1947 he
and a co-worker won the first Golden North Salmon Derby in Juneau--the prize was a car
and a trophy. He was a member fo the Alaska Native Brotherhood and had a Tlingit chief's
name, Kowna-da-kee-nah. (11/96)

HASTY, LEWIS A. 84, died July 13 (1996) in Anchorage. Hasty moved to Alaska in 1949,
making his permanent residence in Seward. He was employed as a commercial fisherman,
telephone lineman and longshoreman in Seward until his retirement in 1967. Hasty won
fourth place in the 1972 Silver Salmon Derby and collected usable items from the community
disposal sites for donation to those in need. He was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason
and active in Pioneers of Alaska. (11/96)

HAYES, VERA C. 88, died March 20 (1995) at the Palmer Pioneers' Home. Moving to Palmer
in 1949, she became the Matanuska Valley's first Avon representatives, and was head cashier
at the Alaska State Fairgrounds from 1957 to 1970. (8/95)

HERING, STELLA NOREEN 93, a longtime Alaska, died May 13 (1996) in Fairbanks. Born in
Yukon Territory, Canada, she moved with her family to the Interior in 1904. Hering worked
as a volunteer caregiver during the 1917 Fairbanks flu epidemic, and saw President Warren
Harding drive the golden spike to signify the completion of the Alaska Railroad. She was
Queen Regent at the 1952 Fairbanks Winter Carnival, and a life member of Pioneers of Alaska,
Auxiliary No. 8 (9/96)

HERNING, HAROLD Pioneer Harold Herning, 79, died Jan. 21 (1996) in Fairbanks. Herning,
and his brother, Carl came to Alaska in 1938. As children, their interest in the territory
was sparked by their father's stories about being shanghaied from the streets of San
Francisco to work for two years on a German whaling ship along the coast of Alaska. Soon
after arrive, he worked in McKinley (now Denali) National Park, caring for the park's dog
teams. Within a year he became a ranger, staying in the Park Service until 1944 and working
with biologist Adolf Murie on his classic study, The Wolves of Mount McKinley. Herning
married his first date, Beatrice Fox, a girl with whom he picked blueberries in the park.
The couple moved in 1942 to Fairbanks, where they homesteaded on Chena Hot Springs Road in
1951. Others members of his family lived on adjoining homesteads. Herning worked as a
miner, aircraft mechanic for Wien and Northern Consolidated airlines, contractor, carpenter,
and general handyman. For many years he served as Sunday school teacher and deacon at First
Baptist Church. Herning's family said he truly lived the commandment, "Love thy neighbor
as thyself." Last spring he advised his great-niece, Katie: "Live your life to the fullest.
Every day treat your fellow man how you would like to be treated; every man should take the
time to count his blessing and see the sunrise and sunset, and appreciate the world that God
has given us." --Fairbanks Daily News-Miner [photo] (5-6/96)

HIPPE, KENNETH D. 64, died May 9 (1996) in Anchorage. Born in Wisconsin, Hippe moved in
1962 to Alaska, where he was employed by National Bank of Alaska. He helped start Alaska
Pacific Bank, now Key Bank, in the 1970s. He also owned and operated Advance Vessel Agency,
which serviced foreign ships that arrived in Alaska's ports. He enjoyed gardening, hunting,
cooking, boating and volunteering for his church. (9/96)

HOLLEMBAEK, BYRON `BARNEY' 69, who was committed to developing Alaska's agricultural
potential, died March 27 (1995) in Fairbanks. His enterprise, called Alamasu, operated
farms in Palmer and Delta, where the family grew grains and grasses for seed, and raised
purebred Angus, buffalo, domestic and wild pigs, and elk. Hollembaek served on former
Gov. Jay Hammond's Agricultural Task Force and on the Western Sun Committee, which
explored alternative power sources. (9/95)

HOOPER, GEORGE 75, a lifelong resident, died Oct. 27 (1994) in Tununak. He was highly
skilled at living off the land; worked 14 years at the Tununak Native Store; and was a
Native dancer, drummer and singer. His family said, "He was well-known for his hospitality.
Many of the state politicians on the campaign trail had coffee at his house. He greatly
enjoyed the camaraderie of the qasgiq, or Eskimo steam bath, and was a great practical
joker." (3/95)

HOPPER, DOROTHY "DOTTIE" 70, co-owner of the Road's End restaurant and bar at Chiniak on
Kodiak Island, died Oct. 20 (1994) in Anchorage. She had worked at the Chiniak Track
Station in Kodiak and on the trans-Alaska pipeline. (2/95)

HYDEN, EDITH K. 87, died May 8 (1995) in Anchorage. After 18 years operating the
Elmendorf Air Force Base kitchen snack bar, she retired and then volunteered more than
20,000 hours for numerous organizations, earning the title, "Mrs. Senior Citizen of
Anchorage," in 1983. (8/95)

IHLY, MAGDELENE "MADGE" ROSE 90, died Jan. 15 (1996) at the Anchorage Pioneers' Home. She
was proud that she could take shorthand dictation at 125 words per minute. Arrive in
Anchorage in 1944, she worked as secretary for the U.S. Commissioner, and later for an
insurance company and for the U.S. Post Office. (5-6/96)

JARMAN, LLOYD R. 79, died June 19 (1996) in Seattle. Born in Juneau, Jarman was taught
airplane mechanics at age 15 and went to work for Alaska-Washington Airways, Marine Airways
and Aalaska Coastal Airlines. He always carried a camera to photograph aviation history in
Southeast Alaska. His photographic collection is now in the Alaska State Library in Juneau.

JOHN, ELSIE 85, died Dec. 9 (1995) in Minto. In their youth, Elsie and her husband,
Minto tribal leader Peter John, lived a semi-monadic life, traveling traplines in the
winter and living in fish camps in the summer. She was a midwife, and bore 11 children
of her own, all but three of whom died when they were young. (4/96)

JOHN, JOSEPH 95, Tanana's oldest elder, died Sept. 15 (1994) in Tanana. As a student at
a missionary orphanage in Nenana, he was taught English. At 14, after completing his
schooling, he returned to his home, where he became the interpreter for the village's chief.
Going to meetings with the Department of the Interior in 1916 meant a long canoe trip
upriver. Men would pull themselves with poles against the river's current. (2/95)

JOHNSON, GEORGE L. 85, died Dec. 21 (1994). During his early years in Anchorage, he owned
the Skyline Cleaners and The Washateria. In 1967 he started work at the Fort Richardson
Commissary. When he retired in 1994, he was honored as the oldest civil service employee
in the United States. (7/95)

JOHNSON, JAMES SR. 89, died Feb. 22 (1996) in Fairbanks. Born in Kokrines on the Yukon
River, he enjoyed trapping, hunting, and fishing. To help with the government's attempt
to reintroduce reindeer into Interior Alaska in the 1920s, he took up reindeer herding near
Ruby. James was well-known for his woodworking abilities, making sleds, snowshoes and
intricate picture frames out of willow wood. (7/96)

JONES, TED MONTE 77, a watchmaker, died Sept. 24 (1994) in Anchorage. He worked as a
watchmaker in Anchorage and also served as the sole watch repairman for the Alaska
Railroad, traveling up and down the line, doing all the critical repair work on the
clocks and watches. (2/95)

KASKO, ED 72, a noted Tlingit woodcarver, and silversmith, died Jan. 20 (1995) in
Anchorage. His specialty was mask-making, but he also carved totems, helping to carve
the 132-foot pole displayed at Expo '70 in Japan. Kasko was a traditional headman and
clan-appointed caretaker of the Killer Whale clan house in Klukwan. (8/95)

KEITHAHN, ANTOINETTE MARIE 94, well-known for her silkscreened renderings of totemic
designs, died Nov. 23 (1994) in Oregon. She and husband Edward L. Keithahn accepted
their first teaching position in Shishmaref in the 1920s; their experiences are recorded
in Ed's book, Eskimo Adventure. After teaching in Kake, Hydaburg and Wrangell, the family
moved to Juneau, where Ed was curator of the Alaska Territorial Historical Library and
Museum. (3/95)

KENNY, MICHAEL 57, a Roman Catholic bishop who was head of the Diocese of Juneau since
1979, died Feb. 18 (1995) in the Middle East. In 1991 he organized a reconciliation
service to apologize for the church’s past wrongs against Native Alaskans. (7/95)

KETURI, ELMER 89, a longtime Alaska resident, died March 7 (1996) in Washington. Keturi
came to Alaska in 1929. He walked over the mail dog trail, approximately 400 miles, from
Nenana to Flat, via Takotna and Ophir, where he had a job on a gold dredge. He also operated
gold mines near Flat, Sleetmute and Bettles. He was a life member of Pioneers of Alaska
(Igloo No. 4). (7/96)

KING, CLARA LOUISE 103, died Feb. 23 (1996) in Palmer. Born in Missouri she moved to
Alaska in 1931 with husband Kent. They cleared land in the Matanuska Valley near King's
Lake to build their log home. The couple worked as vegetable and dairy farmers until 1943,
the year Kent died. In 1949, she opened the first variety store in Palmer. She loved to
knit and make beaded jewelry. (7/96)

KINNEAR, BLAKE H. 73, died Dec. 16 (1995) in Washington. He crewed on the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife cutter Crane and ran the cutter Grizzly Bear before getting involved with the
fishing industry in 1951. He crewed on boats and worked for fish processors in Port
Graham, Seldovia and Uganik. He also was a partner in the Pacific Pearl cannery in Kodiak.
He had been a manager for Pan Alaska Fisheries and Trident Fisheries. In 1989 he helped
direct the Kodiak fleet in the cleanup of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. (4/96)

KNAPP, FRANCES KNAPP 92, (1996) a longtime Skagway resident, died Jan. 27 (1996) in
Juneau. Born in New York City in 1904, she found her calling as a dramatic dancer in the
1920s with a popular dance and vaudeville touring company. She came to Alaska in 1963 for
a visit, fell in love with Skagway and its people, and never left. She was a savvy
businesswoman and community activist. Dec. 16, 1993, was proclaimed Jewell Knapp Day by
Skagway Mayor Stan Selmer. (7/96)

KRANICH, ARLEEN 93, homesteader, postmaster and community leader in Homer, died May 4
(1995) in Anchorage, where she had lived at the Pioneer's Home for the past four years.
She came to Alaska in 1928 to marry Bob Kranich, a sheep rancher at Chernofski on Unalaska
Island in the Aleutians. The couple homesteaded in Homer in 1935 after reading a newspaper
article that called Homer the "Shangri-la of Alaska." While serving as Homer postmaster
from 1944 to 1971, she and her husband operated the Family Theater from 1957 until 1971.
The Kranichs helped organize many Homer organizations, including the Homer Library, Public
Utilities District and Homer Electric Association. (9/95)

KROTKE, WALTER G. 81, a longtime Alaska, died May 27 (1996) in Anchorage. Born in
Indiana, Krotke came to Alaska with his wife and son via steamship in 1943. He worked for
Star Airlines, now Alaska Airlines, until his retirement in 1977. Krotke caught a record
silver salmon in 1964, and his story appeared in the June 1965 National Geographic. He
loved hunting and fishing, and was a member of Pioneers of Alaska. (9/96)

LAKE, KATHERINE B. 88, died Dec. 17 (1995) at the Fairbanks Pioneers' Home. She moved in
1936 to Fairbanks, where she taught school and worked as a photographer; her photos were
sold as slides at Griffins Studio. For more than 30 years she presented the Marion Frances
Boswell Award, established in honor of her late sister and given to the outstanding
graduating senior female student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. (4/96)

LANDON, THOMAS FRANKLIN 97, one of the last Alaska veterans of World Ward I, died
Feb. 18 (1995) in Juneau. Arriving in Ketchikan in 1922, he made Alaska his home for
the rest of his life, working as a prospector, trapper, commercial fisherman, maintenance
man, power dispatcher and construction worker. (7/95)

LANGSDALE, VERA I. 75, Homer resident and lifelong Alaskan, died Aug. 22 (1994) in Homer.
Born in Kiana, she moved in 1947 with her husband and five children to Homer. Her family
said she enjoyed family gatherings and had a longtime concern for indigent people. "Every
Thanksgiving and Christmas, she managed to feed someone who had less than she had." (2/95)

LAROSE, CLYSTIA E. 87, who arrived in Alaska in 1935 with the first group of Matanuska
Valley colonists, died March 27 (1995) at the Palmer Pioneers' Home. She and her family
developed a vegetable and dairy farm in the Palmer area, later developing a homestead on
Lazy Mountain. (9/95)

LEWIS, GEORGE 82, a boat builder, carpenter, silversmith and mill workers, died April 9
(1995) in Juneau. He lived the past 31 years in Haines. His hobbies included fishing
and boxing. Lewis was a lifetime member of the Alaska Native Brotherhood and had served
the Salvation Army for 45 years. (8/95)

LINCOLN, SOPHIA 93, one of the few remaining members of the Ahtna/Athabascan clan, died
Feb. 17 (1995) at the Palmer Pioneers' Home. Born in Copper Center, Lincoln trapped with
her late husband, Louis, in Tolsona, before settling back in Copper Center, where they
raised eight children and numerous grandchildren, and had a fishwheel campsite on the
Copper River. (8/95)

LOFTUS, THEODORE A. 94, who came to Alaska in 1922 with his brothers, Art and Jule, died
March 14 (1995) in Oregon. The three brothers homesteaded near what is now the University
of Alaska Fairbanks, where they were among the first 10 to enroll. Loftus received an
engineer of mines degree in 1928 and worked as a mining engineer for Fairbanks Exploration
Co. for about 40 years. 8/95)

LOWELL, ETHYL "BABE" 93, died Feb. 28 (1996) in Fairbanks. She moved in 1926 with husband
Ted to Fairbanks, where they transported supplies along the Richardson Highway by truck.
She retired as a chief deputy U.S. Marshal in 1971. To enjoy their golden years, the
couple built a log home on their 320-acre homestead, living off the land and enjoying their
magnificent view of the Alaska Range. (7/96)

LUKE, SOLOMON 77, an elder of the Caribou People, died March 22 (1995) in Nenana. He was
an accomplished woodsman who seldom left home without a camera in one pocket and a harmonica
in another. Every spring for the past 25 years he served as watchman for the Nenana Ice
Classic. (8/95)

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