Creator
Ruth Bailey & others
Time Period
1935-1946
Entries
22

Bailey Collection

About the​​​ 
Bailey Collection

Ferber and Ruth Bailey, and two young children, from Lena, WI were original Colonists drawing tract 152 on what became known as "Bailey Hill" just north of Palmer. Photos in their collection include members of the Bailey family as it grew, their Colony farm buildings, as well as other people and activities associated with the early days of the Matanuska Colony Project.

Image is a winter view of the Knik River Bridge under construction showing a derrick on the wooden platform ready to hoist steel girders into place.  Pioneer Peak mountainside is the backdrop.
Image is a summer view of four girls, identified as Mary Miller holding baby Nona Fay Bailey, Priscilla Miller in center, and Janell Miller at right.  Nona Fay was the daughter of Colonists Ferber & Ruth Bailey.  The other three were daughters of Colonists Neil and Margaret Miller.  They are standing in front of one of the tents located at the temporary Colonist camp #7 north of Palmer, Alaska.
Image shows six white Colony tents in a row at Camp #7.   A small child stands in the path at right.  Camp 7 was located on Tract #157 drawn by Albert Fredericks along the Fishhook Road north of Palmer, Alaska.  This tract was located on what had apparently previously been part of a homestead with buildings and some land already cleared.
Image is of the architect’s rendering of the new St. Michael’s Catholic Church to be built in Palmer, Alaska to serve the increase in population associated with the Matanuska Colony project.
Image is a winter, easterly view, of the barn, garage and pump house of Colonists Ferber & Ruth Bailey, located on Tract # 152.  A two-story hexagonal tower at the back of the pump house is identified as the water tank enclosure.  The barn is at its original location before it was moved to make way for the highway construction cut straitening the Glen Highway up Bailey Hill.
Image is a winter scene of a small white, single story building in foreground, identified as the pump house of Colonists Ferber & Ruth Bailey, located on Tract # 152.  A two-story hexagonal tower at the back of the pump house is identified as the water tank enclosure.  Part of the barn is visible behind the pump house at its original location before it was moved to make way for the highway construction cut straitening the Glen Highway up Bailey Hill.
Image is of the Ferber & Ruth Bailey family taken next to their Colony house in summer of 1940.    Children are identified as Ferber Gene, Nona Fay, Janice, David and Ardith.
Image is a winter scene of the Chris Anderson Colony farmstead, tract #113, as viewed from the Bailey farmstead, tract #152.  A snow plow is visibly clearing snow from the main road leading north from Palmer as it crests Bailey Hill and passes between the two farms.
Image is a summer view of seven men gathered around the back of a pickup truck.   A man at left, identified as Colonist Chris Anderson, is holding two salmon in his hands.  Additional salmon are visible in the back of the truck.  Rev. Bert Bingle leans against the truck next to Anderson.
Image shows several rows of cabbages in foreground with a two-story white house on the hill at middle ground, identified as the home of Colonists Ferber & Ruth Bailey, located on Tract # 152.  Part of the pump house building is visible behind the house with trees beyond.
Image is of a log Colony house being readied to be moved.  One man, identified as colonist Ferber Bailey, operates a caterpillar tractor while an unidentified man assists in placing transport beams under the house.  Over the years since the Matanuska Colony houses were constructed in 1935, many have been moved from their original locations as farms were consolidated and as housing was needed in Palmer or elsewhere throughout the valley.
Image is of a log Colony house ready to be moved.  One man, identified as Ferber Bailey, stands on a caterpillar tractor while an unidentified man sits at the controls.  Support beams and wheels are visible under the house.  Over the years since the Matanuska Colony houses were constructed in 1935, many have been moved from their original locations as farms were consolidated and as housing was needed in Palmer or elsewhere throughout the valley.
Image is of a log Colony house being pulled down the narrow road by a caterpillar tractor while a man, observing the progress, walks toward the house.  Fields and forest are visible in background. Over the years since the Matanuska Colony houses were constructed in 1935, many have been moved from their original locations as farms were consolidated and as housing was needed in Palmer or elsewhere throughout the valley.
Image is of Colonist children Gene Bailey (left) and Jerry Yohn exhibiting snowshoe rabbits (varying hares) that their hunting will contribute to the family dinner tables.
Image is a winter view of one of four school busses operated by the Alaska Rural Rehabilitation Corporation in administration of the Matanuska Colony Project.
Image is a fall or spring view of two harnessed horses in the Palmer Community Center taking a break from their labors.  Colony buildings, including the “Dorm” and staff houses are visible in background.
Image is a summer view of two men planting a grain crop.  One man is driving an early model Farmall tractor pulling a grain drill and cultipacker on a newly cleared field.  Another man, identified as Ferber Bailey, is riding on the grain drill.  A windrow of burned stumps is at the field edge with birch and spruce forest behind.
Image is of a Colony farmstead with a steel-wheeled tractor pulling a grain drill and cultipacker in the field in foreground.  A Colony house, barn and outbuildings are in the background.  One man is driving the tractor with another, identified as Ferber Bailey, riding on the packer behind the drill.
Image is of Colonist Ferber Bailey standing in the doorway of a house.
Image is a winter scene of a man standing atop a sled loaded with firewood logs and being pulled by two horses, identified as “Rock” and “Riley”.  A portion of the Bailey barn is visible showing the logs before they were covered with horizontal lap siding boards.
Image is of Colonist Grace Anderson sitting at her loom where she weaves scarves and other small items.  The loom was made for her by her husband, Chris Anderson.
Image is of a tall stack of hay bales with four horses feeding at the edge.  Behind the hay is a stack of filled bags, mostly covered with tarps.  A grain drill is partially visible at left.  A caption accompanying the photo is “Hay Shipped From Seattle at $60 a Ton”.  That cost would be equivalent to approximately $1,140 per ton in 2020 dollars.
Image is of a man, thought to be Colonist Jack Hermon, posing with his railroad detective badge, hand gun & night watchman’s clock.  The family album containing this photo mistakenly identified the man as Don Irwin, Matanuska Colony manager.  Irwin, in his book concerning the Colony, "The Colorful Matanuska Valley", discusses theft problems connected with the project and identifies Hermon as the man appointed as Deputy Railroad Detective with authority to deal with law enforcement.  Irwin writes, “Hermon was an ex-Marine and tough.  He could be found at most any hour checking on the camp and making his rounds in the warehouse and storage areas.”
Image is of a portion of a large white building, identified as the Little Susitna Lodge, with two men standing in front.  The man on the left is identified as Bill Betts.  A pickup truck is partially visible in front as well.  A “Hamm’s Beer” sign is evident on the building wall.  This establishment, on the road to numerous gold mines in the mountains nearby, had a history of burning down several times and being re-built to operate under various business names including “Little Su Roadhouse”, “Fishhook Inn”, “Little Susitna Lodge” and “Mother Load Lodge”.  It burned again April 17, 2015.
Image is of Colonist Ferber Bailey and daughter Nona Fay in a vegetable patch showing off cabbages grown on the Bailey farm on Tract #152 near Palmer.  Chugach Mountains are faintly visible in background.
This is a press photo of two families selected to take part in the Matanuska Colony Project as they arrive at the Green Bay, Wisconsin train depot on their journey to Alaska.  They are identified as, left to right: Ferber Bailey holding his ten month old daughter, Nona Fay; Gene Bailey; and Ruth Bailey.  Theodora Campbell and husband, Harry Campbell are at right.
Image is of Colonist Ferber Bailey and son Gene in a grain field showing off cabbages grown on the Bailey farm on Tract #152 near Palmer.  Chugach Mountains are faintly visible in background.
Image is of the Bailey family—Ferber, Ruth, and son Gene.  Photo taken in Wisconsin five years prior to moving to Alaska as part of the Matanuska Colony Project in 1935.  They are standing in front of a late model car with a tarpaper house behind.  For many of the Colonists the move to Alaska presented a dramatic change in social norms and life styles.  Considering the adornment of suit coat and tie evident in this photo, perhaps none more so than for Ferb Bailey.
Image is of the Bailey and Pippel families in the back of a truck with Walt Pippel and Ferb Bailey standing alongside.  They are identified as being on a picnic outing at the south end of the new Knik River Bridge south of Palmer.  This location apparently became a “destination” for many in the Palmer area shortly after the bridge opened in the fall of 1936.  Several collections in the museum from different sources contain photos of people and their automobiles here at the southerly approach to the bridge.
Image is of two men, likely soldiers on leave from Fort Richardson in Anchorage, hand picking potatoes.  The potatoes have been mechanically dug and are lying on the ground.  The men place the potatoes in wire baskets, visible next to them, which are then emptied into burlap bags, also visible behind them.  The filled bags will then be collected and hauled to the farm root cellar for storage and later processing.  Off duty soldiers often provided an important labor force to area farmers during the critical harvest time before the onset of winter.
Image is a winter view of the rail car used as a classroom for Palmer’s 1st & 2nd grades during the 1935-36 school year while the new Palmer school was under construction.
Image is a summer view of a sawmill complex of buildings, logs, sawdust and scraps of wood, identified as “Arnt and Bailey’s Camp”.  Location is identified as near Bodenburg Butte and Camp 10.  A Caterpillar tractor is also visible.
Image is summer view of a sawmill, identified as “Arnt and Bailey’s Mill”, with a roof over the mill, and logs staged to be cut.   Location is identified as near Bodenburg Butte and Camp 10.
Image is a summer view of a sawmill, possibly the “Arnt and Bailey’s Mill”, with a roof over the mill, stacks of sawn lumber, and a large slab pile.  A truck is visible in foreground.  Two men are visible. Location is identified as near Bodenburg Butte and Camp 10.
Image is of a man, identified as Emil “Shorty” Kircher, standing in front of the Co-op Garage in Palmer.  “Shorty”, as he was commonly known, was a German immigrant who, with his brother, acquired a homestead west of Palmer.  After the coming of the Matanuska Colony, he took a job as mechanic and machinist at the Co-op Garage and was known to be highly skilled and well regarded.
Image is of a number of Caterpillar tractors, newly arrived in Palmer for use associated with the Matanuska Colony Project.  Men are visible inspecting and servicing the tractors to get them ready to be put to work.
Image is of Colonist Victor Yohn pausing with his mule from harrowing ground in preparation for spring planting.  Original Colonists Victor, and Manila Bay Yohn drew tract #164 near Bodenburg Butte for their new farm.
Image is of a water tank atop a four-legged pole tower to provide water under pressure to Matanuska Colony Project facilities in Palmer prior to construction of the permanent water tower in 1936.
Image is a winter view of the Knik River Bridge under construction showing a derrick on the wooden platform ready to hoist steel girders into place.  Pioneer Peak mountainside is the backdrop.
Title

Bridge 3

Creator

Ruth Bailey

Subject

Knik River Bridge under construction

Description

Image is a winter view of the Knik River Bridge under construction showing a derrick on the wooden platform ready to hoist steel girders into place. Pioneer Peak mountainside is the backdrop.

Location

Knik River south of Palmer, Alaska

Image is a summer view of four girls, identified as Mary Miller holding baby Nona Fay Bailey, Priscilla Miller in center, and Janell Miller at right.  Nona Fay was the daughter of Colonists Ferber & Ruth Bailey.  The other three were daughters of Colonists Neil and Margaret Miller.  They are standing in front of one of the tents located at the temporary Colonist camp #7 north of Palmer, Alaska.
Title

Camp 7 Girls

Creator

Ruth Bailey

Subject

The three Miller girls holding Nona Fay Bailey at Colonist Camp 7

Description

Image is a summer view of four girls, identified as Mary Miller holding baby Nona Fay Bailey, Priscilla Miller in center, and Janell Miller at right. Nona Fay was the daughter of Colonists Ferber & Ruth Bailey. The other three were daughters of Colonists Neil and Margaret Miller. They are standing in front of one of the tents located at the temporary Colonist camp #7 north of Palmer, Alaska.

Location

Camp 7 north of Palmer, Alaska

Image shows six white Colony tents in a row at Camp #7.   A small child stands in the path at right.  Camp 7 was located on Tract #157 drawn by Albert Fredericks along the Fishhook Road north of Palmer, Alaska.  This tract was located on what had apparently previously been part of a homestead with buildings and some land already cleared.
Title

Camp 7 Tents

Creator

Ruth Bailey

Subject

Tents of Temporary Camp 7

Description

Image shows six white Colony tents in a row at Camp #7. A small child stands in the path at right. Camp 7 was located on Tract #157 drawn by Albert Fredericks along the Fishhook Road north of Palmer, Alaska. This tract was located on what had apparently previously been part of a homestead with buildings and some land already cleared.

Location

North of Palmer, Alaska

Image is of the architect’s rendering of the new St. Michael’s Catholic Church to be built in Palmer, Alaska to serve the increase in population associated with the Matanuska Colony project.
Title

Church 16

Creator

Harry Wolfe, Architect

Subject

Architect’s rendering of the new Catholic Church to be built in Palmer.

Description

Image is of the architect’s rendering of the new St. Michael’s Catholic Church to be built in Palmer, Alaska to serve the increase in population associated with the Matanuska Colony project.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is a winter, easterly view, of the barn, garage and pump house of Colonists Ferber & Ruth Bailey, located on Tract # 152.  A two-story hexagonal tower at the back of the pump house is identified as the water tank enclosure.  The barn is at its original location before it was moved to make way for the highway construction cut straitening the Glen Highway up Bailey Hill.
Title

Colony Buildings 1

Creator

Ruth Bailey

Subject

Colony Pump House, Garage & Barn of Ferber & Ruth Bailey

Description

Image is a winter, easterly view, of the barn, garage and pump house of Colonists Ferber & Ruth Bailey, located on Tract # 152. A two-story hexagonal tower at the back of the pump house is identified as the water tank enclosure. The barn is at its original location before it was moved to make way for the highway construction cut straitening the Glen Highway up Bailey Hill.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is a winter scene of a small white, single story building in foreground, identified as the pump house of Colonists Ferber & Ruth Bailey, located on Tract # 152.  A two-story hexagonal tower at the back of the pump house is identified as the water tank enclosure.  Part of the barn is visible behind the pump house at its original location before it was moved to make way for the highway construction cut straitening the Glen Highway up Bailey Hill.
Title

Colony Buildings 2

Creator

Ruth Bailey

Subject

Colony Pump House & Barn of Ferber & Ruth Bailey

Description

Image is a winter scene of a small white, single story building in foreground, identified as the pump house of Colonists Ferber & Ruth Bailey, located on Tract # 152. A two-story hexagonal tower at the back of the pump house is identified as the water tank enclosure. Part of the barn is visible behind the pump house at its original location before it was moved to make way for the highway construction cut straitening the Glen Highway up Bailey Hill.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is of the Ferber & Ruth Bailey family taken next to their Colony house in summer of 1940.    Children are identified as Ferber Gene, Nona Fay, Janice, David and Ardith.
Title

Colony Family 2

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Ferber & Ruth Bailey family

Description

Image is of the Ferber & Ruth Bailey family taken next to their Colony house in summer of 1940. Children are identified as Ferber Gene, Nona Fay, Janice, David and Ardith.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is a winter scene of the Chris Anderson Colony farmstead, tract #113, as viewed from the Bailey farmstead, tract #152.  A snow plow is visibly clearing snow from the main road leading north from Palmer as it crests Bailey Hill and passes between the two farms.
Title

Colony Farm 21

Creator

Ruth Bailey

Subject

View of Chris Anderson’s Colony farmstead and snow plow clearing the highway on Bailey Hill north of Palmer

Description

Image is a winter scene of the Chris Anderson Colony farmstead, tract #113, as viewed from the Bailey farmstead, tract #152. A snow plow is visibly clearing snow from the main road leading north from Palmer as it crests Bailey Hill and passes between the two farms.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is a summer view of seven men gathered around the back of a pickup truck.   A man at left, identified as Colonist Chris Anderson, is holding two salmon in his hands.  Additional salmon are visible in the back of the truck.  Rev. Bert Bingle leans against the truck next to Anderson.
Title

Colony Fishing Crew

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Men associated with the Matanuska Colony pose with salmon they have caught.

Description

Image is a summer view of seven men gathered around the back of a pickup truck. A man at left, identified as Colonist Chris Anderson, is holding two salmon in his hands. Additional salmon are visible in the back of the truck. Rev. Bert Bingle leans against the truck next to Anderson.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image shows several rows of cabbages in foreground with a two-story white house on the hill at middle ground, identified as the home of Colonists Ferber & Ruth Bailey, located on Tract # 152.  Part of the pump house building is visible behind the house with trees beyond.
Title

Colony Home 25

Creator

Ruth Bailey

Subject

Colony home of Ferber & Ruth Bailey and cabbage field

Description

Image shows several rows of cabbages in foreground with a two-story white house on the hill at middle ground, identified as the home of Colonists Ferber & Ruth Bailey, located on Tract # 152. Part of the pump house building is visible behind the house with trees beyond.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is of a log Colony house being readied to be moved.  One man, identified as colonist Ferber Bailey, operates a caterpillar tractor while an unidentified man assists in placing transport beams under the house.  Over the years since the Matanuska Colony houses were constructed in 1935, many have been moved from their original locations as farms were consolidated and as housing was needed in Palmer or elsewhere throughout the valley.
Title

Colony Home 26

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Two men with a caterpillar tractor readying a Colony house to be moved to a new location

Description

Image is of a log Colony house being readied to be moved. One man, identified as colonist Ferber Bailey, operates a caterpillar tractor while an unidentified man assists in placing transport beams under the house. Over the years since the Matanuska Colony houses were constructed in 1935, many have been moved from their original locations as farms were consolidated and as housing was needed in Palmer or elsewhere throughout the valley.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image is of a log Colony house ready to be moved.  One man, identified as Ferber Bailey, stands on a caterpillar tractor while an unidentified man sits at the controls.  Support beams and wheels are visible under the house.  Over the years since the Matanuska Colony houses were constructed in 1935, many have been moved from their original locations as farms were consolidated and as housing was needed in Palmer or elsewhere throughout the valley.
Title

Colony Home 27

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Two men on a caterpillar tractor with a Colony house ready to be moved to a new location

Description

Image is of a log Colony house ready to be moved. One man, identified as Ferber Bailey, stands on a caterpillar tractor while an unidentified man sits at the controls. Support beams and wheels are visible under the house. Over the years since the Matanuska Colony houses were constructed in 1935, many have been moved from their original locations as farms were consolidated and as housing was needed in Palmer or elsewhere throughout the valley.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image is of a log Colony house being pulled down the narrow road by a caterpillar tractor while a man, observing the progress, walks toward the house.  Fields and forest are visible in background. Over the years since the Matanuska Colony houses were constructed in 1935, many have been moved from their original locations as farms were consolidated and as housing was needed in Palmer or elsewhere throughout the valley.
Title

Colony Home 28

Creator

Unknown

Subject

A house is being pulled down the road by a caterpillar tractor. A man is walking on the road toward the house

Description

Image is of a log Colony house being pulled down the narrow road by a caterpillar tractor while a man, observing the progress, walks toward the house. Fields and forest are visible in background. Over the years since the Matanuska Colony houses were constructed in 1935, many have been moved from their original locations as farms were consolidated and as housing was needed in Palmer or elsewhere throughout the valley.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image is of Colonist children Gene Bailey (left) and Jerry Yohn exhibiting snowshoe rabbits (varying hares) that their hunting will contribute to the family dinner tables.
Title

Colony Kids 3

Creator

Ruth Bailey

Subject

Gene Bailey & Jerry Yohn show white snowshoe rabbits they brought home from hunting

Description

Image is of Colonist children Gene Bailey (left) and Jerry Yohn exhibiting snowshoe rabbits (varying hares) that their hunting will contribute to the family dinner tables.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is a winter view of one of four school busses operated by the Alaska Rural Rehabilitation Corporation in administration of the Matanuska Colony Project.
Title

Colony School Bus 2

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Colony School Bus

Description

Image is a winter view of one of four school busses operated by the Alaska Rural Rehabilitation Corporation in administration of the Matanuska Colony Project.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image is a fall or spring view of two harnessed horses in the Palmer Community Center taking a break from their labors.  Colony buildings, including the “Dorm” and staff houses are visible in background.
Title

Community Center 1

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Two horses in the Palmer Community Center

Description

Image is a fall or spring view of two harnessed horses in the Palmer Community Center taking a break from their labors. Colony buildings, including the “Dorm” and staff houses are visible in background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is a summer view of two men planting a grain crop.  One man is driving an early model Farmall tractor pulling a grain drill and cultipacker on a newly cleared field.  Another man, identified as Ferber Bailey, is riding on the grain drill.  A windrow of burned stumps is at the field edge with birch and spruce forest behind.
Title

Farming 12

Creator

Unknown

Subject

A tractor pulls a grain drill and cultipacker, planting newly cleared ground

Description

Image is a summer view of two men planting a grain crop. One man is driving an early model Farmall tractor pulling a grain drill and cultipacker on a newly cleared field. Another man, identified as Ferber Bailey, is riding on the grain drill. A windrow of burned stumps is at the field edge with birch and spruce forest behind.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image is of a Colony farmstead with a steel-wheeled tractor pulling a grain drill and cultipacker in the field in foreground.  A Colony house, barn and outbuildings are in the background.  One man is driving the tractor with another, identified as Ferber Bailey, riding on the packer behind the drill.
Title

Farming 13

Creator

Unknown

Subject

: A tractor pulls a grain drill and cultipacker planting grain on a Colony farm with barn, house and outbuildings in background.

Description

Image is of a Colony farmstead with a steel-wheeled tractor pulling a grain drill and cultipacker in the field in foreground. A Colony house, barn and outbuildings are in the background. One man is driving the tractor with another, identified as Ferber Bailey, riding on the packer behind the drill.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image is of Colonist Ferber Bailey standing in the doorway of a house.
Title

Ferber Bailey 1

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Ferber (Ferb) Bailey stands in the doorway of a house.

Description

Image is of Colonist Ferber Bailey standing in the doorway of a house.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image is a winter scene of a man standing atop a sled loaded with firewood logs and being pulled by two horses, identified as “Rock” and “Riley”.  A portion of the Bailey barn is visible showing the logs before they were covered with horizontal lap siding boards.
Title

Firewood Harvest

Creator

Ruth Bailey

Subject

A man stands atop a sled loaded with logs for firewood being pulled by two horses near the Bailey barn.

Description

Image is a winter scene of a man standing atop a sled loaded with firewood logs and being pulled by two horses, identified as “Rock” and “Riley”. A portion of the Bailey barn is visible showing the logs before they were covered with horizontal lap siding boards.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is of Colonist Grace Anderson sitting at her loom where she weaves scarves and other small items.  The loom was made for her by her husband, Chris Anderson.
Title

Grace Anderson 1

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Colonist Grace Anderson sits at her loom, made by her husband, Chris

Description

Image is of Colonist Grace Anderson sitting at her loom where she weaves scarves and other small items. The loom was made for her by her husband, Chris Anderson.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is of a tall stack of hay bales with four horses feeding at the edge.  Behind the hay is a stack of filled bags, mostly covered with tarps.  A grain drill is partially visible at left.  A caption accompanying the photo is “Hay Shipped From Seattle at $60 a Ton”.  That cost would be equivalent to approximately $1,140 per ton in 2020 dollars.
Title

Haystack 4

Creator

Ruth Bailey

Subject

A large stack of hay bales with horses feeding at the edge

Description

Image is of a tall stack of hay bales with four horses feeding at the edge. Behind the hay is a stack of filled bags, mostly covered with tarps. A grain drill is partially visible at left. A caption accompanying the photo is “Hay Shipped From Seattle at $60 a Ton”. That cost would be equivalent to approximately $1,140 per ton in 2020 dollars.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is of a man, thought to be Colonist Jack Hermon, posing with his railroad detective badge, hand gun & night watchman’s clock.  The family album containing this photo mistakenly identified the man as Don Irwin, Matanuska Colony manager.  Irwin, in his book concerning the Colony, "The Colorful Matanuska Valley", discusses theft problems connected with the project and identifies Hermon as the man appointed as Deputy Railroad Detective with authority to deal with law enforcement.  Irwin writes, “Hermon was an ex-Marine and tough.  He could be found at most any hour checking on the camp and making his rounds in the warehouse and storage areas.”
Title

Jack Hermon

Creator

Ruth Bailey

Subject

Railroad Detective, thought to be Colonist Jack Hermon, providing law enforcement within the Matanuska Colony.

Description

Image is of a man, thought to be Colonist Jack Hermon, posing with his railroad detective badge, hand gun & night watchman’s clock. The family album containing this photo mistakenly identified the man as Don Irwin, Matanuska Colony manager. Irwin, in his book concerning the Colony, "The Colorful Matanuska Valley", discusses theft problems connected with the project and identifies Hermon as the man appointed as Deputy Railroad Detective with authority to deal with law enforcement. Irwin writes, “Hermon was an ex-Marine and tough. He could be found at most any hour checking on the camp and making his rounds in the warehouse and storage areas.”

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is of a portion of a large white building, identified as the Little Susitna Lodge, with two men standing in front.  The man on the left is identified as Bill Betts.  A pickup truck is partially visible in front as well.  A “Hamm’s Beer” sign is evident on the building wall.  This establishment, on the road to numerous gold mines in the mountains nearby, had a history of burning down several times and being re-built to operate under various business names including “Little Su Roadhouse”, “Fishhook Inn”, “Little Susitna Lodge” and “Mother Load Lodge”.  It burned again April 17, 2015.
Title

Little Susitna Lodge 1

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Two men and a pickup truck stand in front of the Little Susitna Lodge in 1960

Description

Image is of a portion of a large white building, identified as the Little Susitna Lodge, with two men standing in front. The man on the left is identified as Bill Betts. A pickup truck is partially visible in front as well. A “Hamm’s Beer” sign is evident on the building wall. This establishment, on the road to numerous gold mines in the mountains nearby, had a history of burning down several times and being re-built to operate under various business names including “Little Su Roadhouse”, “Fishhook Inn”, “Little Susitna Lodge” and “Mother Load Lodge”. It burned again April 17, 2015.

Location

Little Susitna Valley North of Palmer, Alaska

Image is of Colonist Ferber Bailey and daughter Nona Fay in a vegetable patch showing off cabbages grown on the Bailey farm on Tract #152 near Palmer.  Chugach Mountains are faintly visible in background.
Title

People 19

Creator

Ruth Bailey

Subject

Colonist Ferber Bailey and daughter Nona Fay show cabbages grown on the Bailey farm

Description

Image is of Colonist Ferber Bailey and daughter Nona Fay in a vegetable patch showing off cabbages grown on the Bailey farm on Tract #152 near Palmer. Chugach Mountains are faintly visible in background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

This is a press photo of two families selected to take part in the Matanuska Colony Project as they arrive at the Green Bay, Wisconsin train depot on their journey to Alaska.  They are identified as, left to right: Ferber Bailey holding his ten month old daughter, Nona Fay; Gene Bailey; and Ruth Bailey.  Theodora Campbell and husband, Harry Campbell are at right.
Title

People 20

Creator

Unknown

Subject

The Ferber Bailey and Harry Campbell families with luggage at the Green Bay, Wisconsin train depot on their way to the Matanuska Colony project in Alaska.

Description

This is a press photo of two families selected to take part in the Matanuska Colony Project as they arrive at the Green Bay, Wisconsin train depot on their journey to Alaska. They are identified as, left to right: Ferber Bailey holding his ten month old daughter, Nona Fay; Gene Bailey; and Ruth Bailey. Theodora Campbell and husband, Harry Campbell are at right.

Location

Green Bay, Wisconsin

Image is of Colonist Ferber Bailey and son Gene in a grain field showing off cabbages grown on the Bailey farm on Tract #152 near Palmer.  Chugach Mountains are faintly visible in background.
Title

People 21

Creator

Ruth Bailey

Subject

Colonist Ferber Bailey and son Gene, show cabbages and grain grown on the Bailey farm

Description

Image is of Colonist Ferber Bailey and son Gene in a grain field showing off cabbages grown on the Bailey farm on Tract #152 near Palmer. Chugach Mountains are faintly visible in background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is of the Bailey family—Ferber, Ruth, and son Gene.  Photo taken in Wisconsin five years prior to moving to Alaska as part of the Matanuska Colony Project in 1935.  They are standing in front of a late model car with a tarpaper house behind.  For many of the Colonists the move to Alaska presented a dramatic change in social norms and life styles.  Considering the adornment of suit coat and tie evident in this photo, perhaps none more so than for Ferb Bailey.
Title

People 22

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Ferber & Ruth Bailey, with son Gene, in Wisconsin in 1930

Description

Image is of the Bailey family—Ferber, Ruth, and son Gene. Photo taken in Wisconsin five years prior to moving to Alaska as part of the Matanuska Colony Project in 1935. They are standing in front of a late model car with a tarpaper house behind. For many of the Colonists the move to Alaska presented a dramatic change in social norms and life styles. Considering the adornment of suit coat and tie evident in this photo, perhaps none more so than for Ferb Bailey.

Location

Wisconsin

Image is of the Bailey and Pippel families in the back of a truck with Walt Pippel and Ferb Bailey standing alongside.  They are identified as being on a picnic outing at the south end of the new Knik River Bridge south of Palmer.  This location apparently became a “destination” for many in the Palmer area shortly after the bridge opened in the fall of 1936.  Several collections in the museum from different sources contain photos of people and their automobiles here at the southerly approach to the bridge.
Title

People 23

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Ferber Bailey & Walt Pippel Families in the back of a truck enjoying an outing at the south end of the Knik River Bridge.

Description

Image is of the Bailey and Pippel families in the back of a truck with Walt Pippel and Ferb Bailey standing alongside. They are identified as being on a picnic outing at the south end of the new Knik River Bridge south of Palmer. This location apparently became a “destination” for many in the Palmer area shortly after the bridge opened in the fall of 1936. Several collections in the museum from different sources contain photos of people and their automobiles here at the southerly approach to the bridge.

Location

Knik River south of Palmer, Alaska

Image is of two men, likely soldiers on leave from Fort Richardson in Anchorage, hand picking potatoes.  The potatoes have been mechanically dug and are lying on the ground.  The men place the potatoes in wire baskets, visible next to them, which are then emptied into burlap bags, also visible behind them.  The filled bags will then be collected and hauled to the farm root cellar for storage and later processing.  Off duty soldiers often provided an important labor force to area farmers during the critical harvest time before the onset of winter.
Title

Potato Harvest 3

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Two men hand picking recently dug potatoes

Description

Image is of two men, likely soldiers on leave from Fort Richardson in Anchorage, hand picking potatoes. The potatoes have been mechanically dug and are lying on the ground. The men place the potatoes in wire baskets, visible next to them, which are then emptied into burlap bags, also visible behind them. The filled bags will then be collected and hauled to the farm root cellar for storage and later processing. Off duty soldiers often provided an important labor force to area farmers during the critical harvest time before the onset of winter.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image is a winter view of the rail car used as a classroom for Palmer’s 1st & 2nd grades during the 1935-36 school year while the new Palmer school was under construction.
Title

Rail Car School 4

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Railroad car on the Palmer siding used as a school

Description

Image is a winter view of the rail car used as a classroom for Palmer’s 1st & 2nd grades during the 1935-36 school year while the new Palmer school was under construction.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is a summer view of a sawmill complex of buildings, logs, sawdust and scraps of wood, identified as “Arnt and Bailey’s Camp”.  Location is identified as near Bodenburg Butte and Camp 10.  A Caterpillar tractor is also visible.
Title

Sawmill 6

Creator

Unknown

Subject

A sawmill complex located near Bodenburg Butte

Description

Image is a summer view of a sawmill complex of buildings, logs, sawdust and scraps of wood, identified as “Arnt and Bailey’s Camp”. Location is identified as near Bodenburg Butte and Camp 10. A Caterpillar tractor is also visible.

Location

Near Bodenburg Butte, Alaska

Image is summer view of a sawmill, identified as “Arnt and Bailey’s Mill”, with a roof over the mill, and logs staged to be cut.   Location is identified as near Bodenburg Butte and Camp 10.
Title

Sawmill 7

Creator

"C.G.S."

Subject

A sawmill complex located near Bodenburg Butte

Description

Image is summer view of a sawmill, identified as “Arnt and Bailey’s Mill”, with a roof over the mill, and logs staged to be cut. Location is identified as near Bodenburg Butte and Camp 10.

Location

Near Bodenburg Butte, Alaska

Image is a summer view of a sawmill, possibly the “Arnt and Bailey’s Mill”, with a roof over the mill, stacks of sawn lumber, and a large slab pile.  A truck is visible in foreground.  Two men are visible. Location is identified as near Bodenburg Butte and Camp 10.
Title

Sawmill 8

Creator

"C.G.S."

Subject

A sawmill with large piles of lumber located near Camp 10 and Bodenburg Butte

Description

Image is a summer view of a sawmill, possibly the “Arnt and Bailey’s Mill”, with a roof over the mill, stacks of sawn lumber, and a large slab pile. A truck is visible in foreground. Two men are visible. Location is identified as near Bodenburg Butte and Camp 10.

Location

Near Bodenburg Butte, Alaska

Image is of a man, identified as Emil “Shorty” Kircher, standing in front of the Co-op Garage in Palmer.  “Shorty”, as he was commonly known, was a German immigrant who, with his brother, acquired a homestead west of Palmer.  After the coming of the Matanuska Colony, he took a job as mechanic and machinist at the Co-op Garage and was known to be highly skilled and well regarded.
Title

Shorty Kircher

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Emil “Shorty” Kircher, Co-op machinist

Description

Image is of a man, identified as Emil “Shorty” Kircher, standing in front of the Co-op Garage in Palmer. “Shorty”, as he was commonly known, was a German immigrant who, with his brother, acquired a homestead west of Palmer. After the coming of the Matanuska Colony, he took a job as mechanic and machinist at the Co-op Garage and was known to be highly skilled and well regarded.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is of a number of Caterpillar tractors, newly arrived in Palmer for use associated with the Matanuska Colony Project.  Men are visible inspecting and servicing the tractors to get them ready to be put to work.
Title

Tractors 1

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Newly arrived Caterpillar tractors for the Matanuska Colony Project are being prepared for service

Description

Image is of a number of Caterpillar tractors, newly arrived in Palmer for use associated with the Matanuska Colony Project. Men are visible inspecting and servicing the tractors to get them ready to be put to work.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is of Colonist Victor Yohn pausing with his mule from harrowing ground in preparation for spring planting.  Original Colonists Victor, and Manila Bay Yohn drew tract #164 near Bodenburg Butte for their new farm.
Title

Vic Yohn 1

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Colonist Vic Yohn pauses with his mule from harrowing ground for spring planting.

Description

Image is of Colonist Victor Yohn pausing with his mule from harrowing ground in preparation for spring planting. Original Colonists Victor, and Manila Bay Yohn drew tract #164 near Bodenburg Butte for their new farm.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image is of a water tank atop a four-legged pole tower to provide water under pressure to Matanuska Colony Project facilities in Palmer prior to construction of the permanent water tower in 1936.
Title

Water Tower 1

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Early water tower erected to support the Matanuska Colony Project in Palmer

Description

Image is of a water tank atop a four-legged pole tower to provide water under pressure to Matanuska Colony Project facilities in Palmer prior to construction of the permanent water tower in 1936.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

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