Creator
Ruth Estelle
Time Period
1917-1970
Entries
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Estelle Collection

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Estelle Collection

Ruth (DeArmond) Estelle arrived in Palmer in 1936 as the Extension Service "District Home Demonstration Agent" to assist the women and children of the Valley in adjusting to Alaska living and generally to help them improve their lives. Planning nutritious family meals, canning salmon and smoking moose meat, cutting patterns and sewing clothes, gardening, and a wide array of 4-H projects were all activities of which she provided instruction and assistance. Ruth was very involved with the social life of the new community and recorded many aspects of that life with her camera. The collection includes 430 images gathered by Ruth, as well as photos contributed by other members of the family.

Image shows the McKeen Motorized Rail Car, locally called the "Brill car" or "Brill Train", on the Palmer siding. This car ran daily between Palmer and Anchorage for several years, hauling passengers and freight.
Image shows a side view of a pickup truck with several children standing in the back facing the camera. One girl holds a large paper star. A sign on the side of the truck shows the 4-H clover leaf symbol and text: "4H CLUBS-IN-VALLEYS: 5, ENROLLMENT: 85". A spare tire is prominently mounted on the side of the truck. The driver, identified as Howard Estelle, and passenger, identified as Ruth DeArmond, are visible in the truck cab.
Image shows a group of young girls standing together in front of a wooden building. The group is identified as "Colony Kids" making up a 4-H Club. A white tent is visible in the background. One adult, identified as Mrs. Ring, is in the back row, center. Some others are identified as: Genevieve Ring, June Lentz, Jean Mae Sandvik, June France Leila Peterson, Lucille Ring, Jean Kindgren, Pat Hemmer, and Pat Ring.
Image shows a group of young girls and two women seated on logs in a wooden setting. One girl, identified as Genevieve Ring, is standing and appears to be leading the group in some activity. Two women are seated with the group, identified as Ruth Peck on the left and Ruth DeArmond on the right of the photo.
Image shows four girls and one women in white dresses sitting on the porch of a log cabin, each appears to be stitching a piece of cloth. The group is collectively identified as the Butte 4-H Sewing Club and individually identified from left as: Barbara Falk, Lila Peterson, Dorothy Newville, Patty Hemmer, and the woman is identified as Lila Newville, the club leader.
Image shows the north side of the log Butte Community Hall with lumber and clearing debris in foreground and Pioneer Peak in background.
Image is a winter scene of a log cabin in foreground with snow on the ground and roof. A rail frame fence is adjacent with mixed birch and spruce forest behind. Mountains form the near backdrop with a conical peak prominent, variously identified over the years as "The Matterhorn", Beyers Peak, and Matanuska Peak.  Other photos in the collection indicate the fenced area was probably fox pens.  An associated cache was located in front of the cabin closer to the Matanuska River,  The road that developed between Palmer and the Bodenburg Butte area passed between the cabin and cache.  The cabin is believed to have belonged to Eugene Marsh.
Image shows a man standing in foreground near the mouth of a mine tunnel structure.  Rail tracks used by mine cars accessing the tunnel are evident.  Lumber and logs are stacked nearby.  In middle ground a train with several passenger cars is apparent on the flat land below, as well as numerous large and small buildings.  Power poles are evident near the train and at the mine mouth.  The community is located on the Chickaloon River floodplain with steep bluffs rising on both sides topped with heavy forest.  Mountains are faintly visible in background.
Image shows a springtime view of several Native burial houses in foreground, a log Russian Orthodox church in middle ground, trees and snow-clad mountains beyond.
Image shows a young woman, identified as Colonist Manila Bay Yohn, watering her small spruce trees and strawberries planted in front of her temporary tent home.  Her tent is prominent behind her and another tent is visible beyond.
Image is a black & white view of a Matanuska Colony barn under construction.  The lower portion, constructed of spruce logs, is essentially complete with two corner air shafts to the upper hay mow in place.  Several men are visible preparing to construct the hay mow floor and roof using dimension lumber.  The cupola, ready to be installed as ventilation at the peak of the roof, is visible on the ground at left.
Image shows a Colony farmstead on tract#112 located on the Fishhook Road north of Palmer.  In foreground is a potato field with several people harvesting.  A Colony barn, house and other outbuildings are evident.  A field of haystacks is to the right with heavy woods behind.  Snow-clad mountains form the background.
Image is an easterly winter view of a horse standing in a field in foreground, a colony house, barn and other buildings in middle ground and prominent snow-clad mountains beyond.
Image shows a Colony farmstead of house, barn and outbuildings in middle ground framed by trees and brush in foreground.  Talkeetna mountains form the background.  Note on the reverse indicates the location is 25 miles west of Palmer.  The name "Mrs. Amos Landis" is also written on the back.
Image shows a group of dairy cows in a field in foreground, a Colony barn and other buildings near a group of trees in middle ground with snow-clad mountains in background.  This farm is located on Colony tract #112 bordering the Palmer-Fishhook road north of Palmer.
Image is a northeasterly view from Scott Road showing numerous hay stacks in foreground, a colony barn under construction, a tent, and a log house in middle ground.  Spruce and cottonwood trees form the forest behind the buildings, part of Lazy Mountain is visible beyond.
Image is a winter scene of a log home in a forest setting with snow on the ground and icicles hanging from the eves of the house.  The house is identified as that of Colonists Joe & Albertina Sieber on Colony tract #182.  The icicles and apparent melted snow on the roof indicate inadequate insulation, characteristic of many  Colony houses.
Image shows the farmstead of original Colonists Joseph & Blanche Puhl on tract #99 north of Palmer. Subsequently owned by Colonists Neil & Margaret Miller, this photo was taken sometime in the mid 1960's when ownership passed to Dexter & Percilla (Miller) Bacon.  The distinctive round-roofed Colony barn is shown moved closer to the original log home.  A small greenhouse is apparent.  A large commercial garden is evident in foreground.  Yard trees are near the house and heavy forest forms the background.
This is a slightly enhanced press photo.  Image shows teacher Lorinda Ward seated at a kitchen table piled with books and two small boys seated next to her doing their school work.  The boys are not identified.  The setting is in a newly-constructed Colony log home.
Image shows a crew of farmers, soldiers and women operating a potato digger machine on a Colony farm.  Farmstead buildings are in background, including a barn, house and outbuildings.  Heavy forest is in background.
Image shows a man kneeling at a tree stump and placing explosives under it in preparation for blowing it up. Two other men stand watching.  The man on the left is identified as Matanuska Colony camp superintendent George Moland.  A narrow road and heavy forest are in middle ground beyond.  The front part of a car is visible on the road at right.
Image shows a group of ten young native men and women students on a sunny day sitting on a boardwalk next to a white frame building. All are nicely dressed, two are holding guitars. Electric lines overhead, power pole, two other buildings and trees are in background.
Image shows large white buildings of the Eklutna Vocational School in middle ground. A wire fence with wooden gate is in foreground, railroad tracks and depot building just beyond. Forest and mountains in background. Power poles and lines are evident.
Image shows a low oblique view of a group of large and small white buildings of the Eklutna Vocational School in middle ground. A wire fence with wooden gate is in foreground, railroad tracks and two flatcars next to an offloading platform just beyond. Forest and mountains in background. Power poles and lines are evident.
Image shows railroad tracks in foreground and an adjacent open-sided roofed building with a sign on it identifying EKLUTNA. A person is visible inside the building. Large white buildings of the Eklutna Vocational School are in middle ground. A cottonwood tree is obvious next to the foreground building. Forest and mountains in background. Power lines are evident overhead.
Image is of a group of children, assumed to be students, standing next to the Eklutna Native Industrial School rail station.
Image shows grain being harvested on the Matanuska Agricultural Experiment Farm.  Grain bundles formed into shocks are in foreground.  A cat tractor is pulling a grain binder, cutting standing grain in the field at middle ground. One man is on the tractor, another rides the binder. Bundles of cut grain are evident on the ground in middle ground and additional shocks are visible in far middle ground.  A hillside with a road cut and trees is in background with mountain tops visible beyond.
Image is a black & white view of Loren T. Oldroyd, Agricultural Extension Director with the University of Alaska, inspecting hot frames on Colonist Walt Pippel’s farm.  The hot frames, filled with soil and planted early in the spring, were covered with window glass panels to capture and retain solar radiation to warm the soil and get a head start on the growing season.
Image shows a springtime scene of ewes and new-born lambs inside a pole fence on Frank Clark's Matanuska Valley farm.  A log chicken house is in middle ground with heavy forest beyond.  Clark summered his flock on the slopes of Lazy Mountain east of Palmer.
Image shows a prepared field with a cat tractor pulling a grain drill and cultipacker in middle ground.  One man drives the tractor while another rides the grain drill.  A dust cloud rises from the machinery.  Heavy forest is at the edge of the field in background.  Information with the photo identifies this as Matanuska Colonist Gilford Lemon planting oats and peas for cattle feed on his farm on tract #128, June 6, 1936.
Image shows two men (one perhaps a soldier) in foreground plowing a field with a single bottom hand plow pulled behind a team of two horses.  Several cows are evident on unplowed fields in middle ground.  A stump row of trees cleared from the fields is apparent in far middle ground.  Heavy forest borders the fields in background with snow-clad mountains beyond.
This is a postcard photo of a homestead including fields in foreground with harvested hay put up in stacks.  A barn and other buildings are in middle ground with scattered trees.  Other fields are in far middle ground with hay stacks and heavy forest beyond.  Close examination reveals two different types of haystacks in the far field and a man working there.  Mount Susitna is faintly visible beyond the forest in background.
Image is a northeast view of Matanuska townsite.  Railroad tracks are in immediate foreground, numerous tents and buildings are in middle ground with trees and mountains beyond.  Numerous signs are visible on buildings and several people are evident.
Image is a low oblique aerial view across farm land of the “Springer System” south of Palmer in the foreground, across the Matanuska River in middle ground, and up the Knik River valley to the Knik Glacier.  The Bodenburg Butte is visible at right.  Farms and forest clearing patterns, stump rows and roads are apparent.
Image is an easterly low oblique aerial view across farm land southwest of Palmer, including Matanuska and the Matanuska Experiment Farm, across the Matanuska River to the mountains beyond.  Bodenburg Butte is visible.  Farms and forest clearing patterns, stump rows and roads are apparent.
Image is a northerly low oblique aerial view across farm land south of Palmer, including the City of Palmer and the Matanuska River to the Talkeetna Mountains beyond.  Farms and forest clearing patterns, crop patterns and roads are apparent.
Image shows a woman, identified as Miss Pearl Williams, Red Cross Nurse, in a cart pulled by a white horse, on a gravel road. Two automobiles are on the road behind the cart. Trees and clearing slash are visible in background.
Image shows a woman, identified as Miss Pearl Williams, Red Cross Nurse, in a cart pulled by a white horse. A log House, identified as the home of colonists Joe and Blanch Puhl, is in the background. A tent is also visible.
Image is a high oblique summer view of Palmer, Alaska looking northeast across the town to the Matanuska River and the base of Lazy Mountain.   Local homesteads and other clearings within heavy forest are apparent as are roads, streets and community buildings.
Image is a black & white high oblique view including much of John Bugge’s homestead, the “Tent City” of Palmer, patches of cleared land and uncut forest.  The “Wasilla road” is apparent to Bugge’s hill.
Image is a southerly oblique aerial view showing a cluster of tents at the Palmer townsite adjacent to the railroad line with patches of forest and fields in the foreground.  Dense forest and the Matanuska River are in middle ground and snow-clad mountains are beyond.
Image is an oblique southeasterly summer view across Palmer and the Matanuska River to Knik Glacier and snow-clad mountains beyond.
Image shows a white, two-story house in middle ground with a white picket gate and gate post arch holding a sign "Palmer House Rooms" in foreground.  The "S"s on the sign are printed backwards.  A man is walking on the path towards the house.  Owned by Jim Felton, this was the most available lodging in the local area prior to the coming of the Matanuska Colony.  Rooms reputedly contained two or more beds to accommodate all travelers, typical of Alaska roadhouses in the day.
Image shows an easterly winter view of Palmer taken from Bugge's hill.  John Bugge's homestead field is in foreground with fence along the "Wasilla road". Buildings are evident in middle ground and people can be seen walking in the street.  Scaffolding is still in place on the school building and the water tower is not yet erected.  Steam rises from the power house and white smoke comes from a railroad engine.  A strip of forest is in far middle ground and mountains dominate beyond.
Image shows the southeast view of the community Powerhouse, exterior construction partially complete with smokestack partly installed. Construction material is visible in foreground.
Information associated with this photo identifies it as an Alaska Railroad gas car and two flat trailers on the rails at Chickaloon station in that coal mining community at the north end of the Matanuska branch rail line.  Behind the vehicle are several small buildings at the base of a steep, bare slope topped by trees.
Information associated with this photo identifies it as an Alaska Railroad gas car and two flat trailers on the rails at Chickaloon station in that coal mining community at the north end of the Matanuska branch rail line.  Behind the vehicle are several small buildings at the base of a steep, bare slope topped by trees.
Image shows a group of young women, all "Colony Kids" identified from left to right as Diana Reitan, unknown, unknown, Dorothy Sheely, Genevieve Ring, unknown, and unknown, standing in front of a vehicle, identified as the hospital "Nurses Car" and ambulance which was part of the Palmer Fourth-of-July parade. Colony Tents and the Hospital building are in the background. One girl holds a 48-star flag.
This is a slightly modified press photo.  Image shows a cat tractor and men in foreground with some sort of sled structure behind the tractor.  Other men are working at a sawmill under a shelter roof in near middle ground.  A large pile of spruce logs is behind the mill and birch trees are on the hill beyond.  Information with the photo indicates there are approximately 2,500 logs in the pile, enough to build 25 new Colony homes.
Image shows several soldiers preparing the roof of a large building for installation of roofing paper.  The building is an additional warehouse facility at the Farmer's Matanuska Co-op.  The Palmer water tower is prominent in middle ground, with fuel storage tanks, a small building and a railroad tank car adjacent.  Two pump houses on the water supply line from the north are visible in middle ground, as is a large unidentified machine.  In far middle ground is a field with many small hay stacks backed by heavy forest. Mountains are faintly visible in background.
This is a slightly enhanced press photo.  Image shows transient laborers constructing tents to house arriving Matanuska Colonists at the Palmer town site.  Two tent platforms are in foreground, men are constructing a tent frame in middle ground with several completed tents nearby.  Snow-clad mountains are in background under scattered clouds.
Image shows three men standing together in foreground looking at something at hand. They are identified as Fr. Bernard R. Hubbard, Leo B. Jacobs, and Fr. Merrill Salzman.  Three women stand next to the men and others are visible beyond.  A train car stands directly behind the people.  Father Hubbard was famously known as the "Glacier Priest", Jacobs was the Colony architect, and Father Salzman was the Catholic priest for Palmer.
Image shows several dairy cows gathered in front of a typical Colony chicken house and another building.  Two Colony barns are prominent behind the other buildings.  Heavy forest and Lazy Mountain are visible beyond under a partly cloudy sky.
Image shows Matanuska Colonist Walt Pippel inspecting his cucumber plants through a window in his new hothouse on his Colony farm, tract #106, north of Palmer, Alaska.
Image shows a winter scene of an unidentified woman clad in a fur parka walking in the driveway of a large log house.  Deep snow is evident.  Snow-clad mountains are in background.  The house was once the site of the Davis Children's Home.
Image shows a winter scene of an unidentified woman clad in a fur parka walking in the driveway of a large log house.  Deep snow is evident.  Snow-clad mountains are in background.  The house was once the site of the Davis Children's Home.
Image shows the McKeen Motorized Rail Car, locally called the "Brill car" or "Brill Train", on the Palmer siding. This car ran daily between Palmer and Anchorage for several years, hauling passengers and freight.
Title

"Brill Car"

Creator

Ruth Estelle

Subject

Railroad Car

Description

Image shows the McKeen Motorized Rail Car, locally called the "Brill car" or "Brill Train", on the Palmer siding. This car ran daily between Palmer and Anchorage for several years, hauling passengers and freight.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a side view of a pickup truck with several children standing in the back facing the camera. One girl holds a large paper star. A sign on the side of the truck shows the 4-H clover leaf symbol and text: "4H CLUBS-IN-VALLEYS: 5, ENROLLMENT: 85". A spare tire is prominently mounted on the side of the truck. The driver, identified as Howard Estelle, and passenger, identified as Ruth DeArmond, are visible in the truck cab.
Title

4-H Club Float 1

Creator

Hewitt's Photo Shop, Anchorage

Subject

4-H People

Description

Image shows a side view of a pickup truck with several children standing in the back facing the camera. One girl holds a large paper star. A sign on the side of the truck shows the 4-H clover leaf symbol and text: "4H CLUBS-IN-VALLEYS: 5, ENROLLMENT: 85". A spare tire is prominently mounted on the side of the truck. The driver, identified as Howard Estelle, and passenger, identified as Ruth DeArmond, are visible in the truck cab.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a group of young girls standing together in front of a wooden building. The group is identified as "Colony Kids" making up a 4-H Club. A white tent is visible in the background. One adult, identified as Mrs. Ring, is in the back row, center. Some others are identified as: Genevieve Ring, June Lentz, Jean Mae Sandvik, June France Leila Peterson, Lucille Ring, Jean Kindgren, Pat Hemmer, and Pat Ring.
Title

4-H Club Girls

Creator

Ruth Estelle

Subject

People

Description

Image shows a group of young girls standing together in front of a wooden building. The group is identified as "Colony Kids" making up a 4-H Club. A white tent is visible in the background. One adult, identified as Mrs. Ring, is in the back row, center. Some others are identified as: Genevieve Ring, June Lentz, Jean Mae Sandvik, June France Leila Peterson, Lucille Ring, Jean Kindgren, Pat Hemmer, and Pat Ring.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a group of young girls and two women seated on logs in a wooden setting. One girl, identified as Genevieve Ring, is standing and appears to be leading the group in some activity. Two women are seated with the group, identified as Ruth Peck on the left and Ruth DeArmond on the right of the photo.
Title

4-H Club Meeting

Creator

Ruth Estelle

Subject

People

Description

Image shows a group of young girls and two women seated on logs in a wooden setting. One girl, identified as Genevieve Ring, is standing and appears to be leading the group in some activity. Two women are seated with the group, identified as Ruth Peck on the left and Ruth DeArmond on the right of the photo.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows four girls and one women in white dresses sitting on the porch of a log cabin, each appears to be stitching a piece of cloth. The group is collectively identified as the Butte 4-H Sewing Club and individually identified from left as: Barbara Falk, Lila Peterson, Dorothy Newville, Patty Hemmer, and the woman is identified as Lila Newville, the club leader.
Title

4-H Sewing Club

Creator

Ruth (DeArmond) Estelle

Subject

People

Description

Image shows four girls and one women in white dresses sitting on the porch of a log cabin, each appears to be stitching a piece of cloth. The group is collectively identified as the Butte 4-H Sewing Club and individually identified from left as: Barbara Falk, Lila Peterson, Dorothy Newville, Patty Hemmer, and the woman is identified as Lila Newville, the club leader.

Location

Bodenburg Butte Area, Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image shows the north side of the log Butte Community Hall with lumber and clearing debris in foreground and Pioneer Peak in background.
Title

Butte Community Hall 3

Creator

Ruth Estelle

Subject

Building

Description

Image shows the north side of the log Butte Community Hall with lumber and clearing debris in foreground and Pioneer Peak in background.

Location

Bodenburg Butte Area of Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image is a winter scene of a log cabin in foreground with snow on the ground and roof. A rail frame fence is adjacent with mixed birch and spruce forest behind. Mountains form the near backdrop with a conical peak prominent, variously identified over the years as "The Matterhorn", Beyers Peak, and Matanuska Peak.  Other photos in the collection indicate the fenced area was probably fox pens.  An associated cache was located in front of the cabin closer to the Matanuska River,  The road that developed between Palmer and the Bodenburg Butte area passed between the cabin and cache.  The cabin is believed to have belonged to Eugene Marsh.
Title

Cabin 4

Creator

Ordway

Subject

Building

Description

Image is a winter scene of a log cabin in foreground with snow on the ground and roof. A rail frame fence is adjacent with mixed birch and spruce forest behind. Mountains form the near backdrop with a conical peak prominent, variously identified over the years as "The Matterhorn", Beyers Peak, and Matanuska Peak. Other photos in the collection indicate the fenced area was probably fox pens. An associated cache was located in front of the cabin closer to the Matanuska River, The road that developed between Palmer and the Bodenburg Butte area passed between the cabin and cache. The cabin is believed to have belonged to Eugene Marsh.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a man standing in foreground near the mouth of a mine tunnel structure.  Rail tracks used by mine cars accessing the tunnel are evident.  Lumber and logs are stacked nearby.  In middle ground a train with several passenger cars is apparent on the flat land below, as well as numerous large and small buildings.  Power poles are evident near the train and at the mine mouth.  The community is located on the Chickaloon River floodplain with steep bluffs rising on both sides topped with heavy forest.  Mountains are faintly visible in background.
Title

Chickaloon Coal Mines

Creator

Keystone View Company

Subject

View of Chickaloon coal mining community

Description

Image shows a man standing in foreground near the mouth of a mine tunnel structure. Rail tracks used by mine cars accessing the tunnel are evident. Lumber and logs are stacked nearby. In middle ground a train with several passenger cars is apparent on the flat land below, as well as numerous large and small buildings. Power poles are evident near the train and at the mine mouth. The community is located on the Chickaloon River floodplain with steep bluffs rising on both sides topped with heavy forest. Mountains are faintly visible in background.

Location

Chickaloon, Alaska

Image shows a springtime view of several Native burial houses in foreground, a log Russian Orthodox church in middle ground, trees and snow-clad mountains beyond.
Title

Church 14

Creator

2nd Mapping Squadron, U.S. Army Air Force

Subject

Eklutna Russian Orthodox church and burial houses

Description

Image shows a springtime view of several Native burial houses in foreground, a log Russian Orthodox church in middle ground, trees and snow-clad mountains beyond.

Location

Eklutna, Alaska

Image shows a young woman, identified as Colonist Manila Bay Yohn, watering her small spruce trees and strawberries planted in front of her temporary tent home.  Her tent is prominent behind her and another tent is visible beyond.
Title

Colonist Watering Her Temporary Garden

Creator

Associated Press

Subject

Colonist Manila Bay Yohn is watering her plants in front of her tent.

Description

Image shows a young woman, identified as Colonist Manila Bay Yohn, watering her small spruce trees and strawberries planted in front of her temporary tent home. Her tent is prominent behind her and another tent is visible beyond.

Location

Camp #10 near the Butte--Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image is a black & white view of a Matanuska Colony barn under construction.  The lower portion, constructed of spruce logs, is essentially complete with two corner air shafts to the upper hay mow in place.  Several men are visible preparing to construct the hay mow floor and roof using dimension lumber.  The cupola, ready to be installed as ventilation at the peak of the roof, is visible on the ground at left.
Title

Colony Barn Under Construction 1

Creator

Ruth DeArmond

Subject

Colony Barn Under Construction

Description

Image is a black & white view of a Matanuska Colony barn under construction. The lower portion, constructed of spruce logs, is essentially complete with two corner air shafts to the upper hay mow in place. Several men are visible preparing to construct the hay mow floor and roof using dimension lumber. The cupola, ready to be installed as ventilation at the peak of the roof, is visible on the ground at left.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image shows a Colony farmstead on tract#112 located on the Fishhook Road north of Palmer.  In foreground is a potato field with several people harvesting.  A Colony barn, house and other outbuildings are evident.  A field of haystacks is to the right with heavy woods behind.  Snow-clad mountains form the background.
Title

Colony Farm 1

Creator

Hewitt's

Subject

Matanuska Colony Farm

Description

Image shows a Colony farmstead on tract#112 located on the Fishhook Road north of Palmer. In foreground is a potato field with several people harvesting. A Colony barn, house and other outbuildings are evident. A field of haystacks is to the right with heavy woods behind. Snow-clad mountains form the background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is an easterly winter view of a horse standing in a field in foreground, a colony house, barn and other buildings in middle ground and prominent snow-clad mountains beyond.
Title

Colony Farm 11

Creator

Brickley

Subject

Colony Farmstead

Description

Image is an easterly winter view of a horse standing in a field in foreground, a colony house, barn and other buildings in middle ground and prominent snow-clad mountains beyond.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a Colony farmstead of house, barn and outbuildings in middle ground framed by trees and brush in foreground.  Talkeetna mountains form the background.  Note on the reverse indicates the location is 25 miles west of Palmer.  The name "Mrs. Amos Landis" is also written on the back.
Title

Colony Farm 15

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Matanuska Colony farmstead

Description

Image shows a Colony farmstead of house, barn and outbuildings in middle ground framed by trees and brush in foreground. Talkeetna mountains form the background. Note on the reverse indicates the location is 25 miles west of Palmer. The name "Mrs. Amos Landis" is also written on the back.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image shows a group of dairy cows in a field in foreground, a Colony barn and other buildings near a group of trees in middle ground with snow-clad mountains in background.  This farm is located on Colony tract #112 bordering the Palmer-Fishhook road north of Palmer.
Title

Colony Farm 2

Creator

Brickley

Subject

Dairy cows in a field of a Colony farm

Description

Image shows a group of dairy cows in a field in foreground, a Colony barn and other buildings near a group of trees in middle ground with snow-clad mountains in background. This farm is located on Colony tract #112 bordering the Palmer-Fishhook road north of Palmer.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is a northeasterly view from Scott Road showing numerous hay stacks in foreground, a colony barn under construction, a tent, and a log house in middle ground.  Spruce and cottonwood trees form the forest behind the buildings, part of Lazy Mountain is visible beyond.
Title

Colony Farm 4

Creator

Associated Press photo, photographer unknown

Subject

Colony farmstead

Description

Image is a northeasterly view from Scott Road showing numerous hay stacks in foreground, a colony barn under construction, a tent, and a log house in middle ground. Spruce and cottonwood trees form the forest behind the buildings, part of Lazy Mountain is visible beyond.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is a winter scene of a log home in a forest setting with snow on the ground and icicles hanging from the eves of the house.  The house is identified as that of Colonists Joe & Albertina Sieber on Colony tract #182.  The icicles and apparent melted snow on the roof indicate inadequate insulation, characteristic of many  Colony houses.
Title

Colony Home 1

Creator

Associated Press

Subject

Log Colony home in winter setting

Description

Image is a winter scene of a log home in a forest setting with snow on the ground and icicles hanging from the eves of the house. The house is identified as that of Colonists Joe & Albertina Sieber on Colony tract #182. The icicles and apparent melted snow on the roof indicate inadequate insulation, characteristic of many Colony houses.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image shows the farmstead of original Colonists Joseph & Blanche Puhl on tract #99 north of Palmer. Subsequently owned by Colonists Neil & Margaret Miller, this photo was taken sometime in the mid 1960's when ownership passed to Dexter & Percilla (Miller) Bacon.  The distinctive round-roofed Colony barn is shown moved closer to the original log home.  A small greenhouse is apparent.  A large commercial garden is evident in foreground.  Yard trees are near the house and heavy forest forms the background.
Title

Colony home 4

Creator

Historic American Building Survey

Subject

Original Colony farmstead circa 1965

Description

Image shows the farmstead of original Colonists Joseph & Blanche Puhl on tract #99 north of Palmer. Subsequently owned by Colonists Neil & Margaret Miller, this photo was taken sometime in the mid 1960's when ownership passed to Dexter & Percilla (Miller) Bacon. The distinctive round-roofed Colony barn is shown moved closer to the original log home. A small greenhouse is apparent. A large commercial garden is evident in foreground. Yard trees are near the house and heavy forest forms the background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

This is a slightly enhanced press photo.  Image shows teacher Lorinda Ward seated at a kitchen table piled with books and two small boys seated next to her doing their school work.  The boys are not identified.  The setting is in a newly-constructed Colony log home.
Title

Colony kids home school

Creator

Associated Press

Subject

Teacher and Colony children doing school work at home

Description

This is a slightly enhanced press photo. Image shows teacher Lorinda Ward seated at a kitchen table piled with books and two small boys seated next to her doing their school work. The boys are not identified. The setting is in a newly-constructed Colony log home.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image shows a crew of farmers, soldiers and women operating a potato digger machine on a Colony farm.  Farmstead buildings are in background, including a barn, house and outbuildings.  Heavy forest is in background.
Title

Digging Potatoes 1

Creator

Associated Press

Subject

A crew of workers operates a potato digger on a Colony farm.

Description

Image shows a crew of farmers, soldiers and women operating a potato digger machine on a Colony farm. Farmstead buildings are in background, including a barn, house and outbuildings. Heavy forest is in background.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image shows a man kneeling at a tree stump and placing explosives under it in preparation for blowing it up. Two other men stand watching.  The man on the left is identified as Matanuska Colony camp superintendent George Moland.  A narrow road and heavy forest are in middle ground beyond.  The front part of a car is visible on the road at right.
Title

Dynamiting Stumps

Creator

Alaska Rural Rehabilitation Corporation

Subject

Three men are preparing to blow up a tree stump.

Description

Image shows a man kneeling at a tree stump and placing explosives under it in preparation for blowing it up. Two other men stand watching. The man on the left is identified as Matanuska Colony camp superintendent George Moland. A narrow road and heavy forest are in middle ground beyond. The front part of a car is visible on the road at right.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image shows a group of ten young native men and women students on a sunny day sitting on a boardwalk next to a white frame building. All are nicely dressed, two are holding guitars. Electric lines overhead, power pole, two other buildings and trees are in background.
Title

Eklutna Vocational School 2

Creator

Ruth Estelle

Subject

People

Description

Image shows a group of ten young native men and women students on a sunny day sitting on a boardwalk next to a white frame building. All are nicely dressed, two are holding guitars. Electric lines overhead, power pole, two other buildings and trees are in background.

Location

Eklutna, Alaska

Image shows large white buildings of the Eklutna Vocational School in middle ground. A wire fence with wooden gate is in foreground, railroad tracks and depot building just beyond. Forest and mountains in background. Power poles and lines are evident.
Title

Eklutna Vocational School 3

Creator

Ruth Estelle

Subject

Buildings

Description

Image shows large white buildings of the Eklutna Vocational School in middle ground. A wire fence with wooden gate is in foreground, railroad tracks and depot building just beyond. Forest and mountains in background. Power poles and lines are evident.

Location

Near Eklutna Village, Alaska

Image shows a low oblique view of a group of large and small white buildings of the Eklutna Vocational School in middle ground. A wire fence with wooden gate is in foreground, railroad tracks and two flatcars next to an offloading platform just beyond. Forest and mountains in background. Power poles and lines are evident.
Title

Eklutna Vocational School 4

Creator

Ruth Estelle

Subject

Buildings

Description

Image shows a low oblique view of a group of large and small white buildings of the Eklutna Vocational School in middle ground. A wire fence with wooden gate is in foreground, railroad tracks and two flatcars next to an offloading platform just beyond. Forest and mountains in background. Power poles and lines are evident.

Location

Near Eklutna Village, Alaska

Image shows railroad tracks in foreground and an adjacent open-sided roofed building with a sign on it identifying EKLUTNA. A person is visible inside the building. Large white buildings of the Eklutna Vocational School are in middle ground. A cottonwood tree is obvious next to the foreground building. Forest and mountains in background. Power lines are evident overhead.
Title

Eklutna Vocational School 5

Creator

Ruth Estelle

Subject

Buildings

Description

Image shows railroad tracks in foreground and an adjacent open-sided roofed building with a sign on it identifying EKLUTNA. A person is visible inside the building. Large white buildings of the Eklutna Vocational School are in middle ground. A cottonwood tree is obvious next to the foreground building. Forest and mountains in background. Power lines are evident overhead.

Location

Near Eklutna Village, Alaska

Image is of a group of children, assumed to be students, standing next to the Eklutna Native Industrial School rail station.
Title

Eklutna Vocational School 6

Creator

Air Corps, U.S. Army

Subject

Students of the Eklutna Native Industrial School

Description

Image is of a group of children, assumed to be students, standing next to the Eklutna Native Industrial School rail station.

Location

Eklutna, Alaska

Image shows grain being harvested on the Matanuska Agricultural Experiment Farm.  Grain bundles formed into shocks are in foreground.  A cat tractor is pulling a grain binder, cutting standing grain in the field at middle ground. One man is on the tractor, another rides the binder. Bundles of cut grain are evident on the ground in middle ground and additional shocks are visible in far middle ground.  A hillside with a road cut and trees is in background with mountain tops visible beyond.
Title

Experiment Farm 16

Creator

International News Press

Subject

Harvesting grain with a cat tractor and grain binder

Description

Image shows grain being harvested on the Matanuska Agricultural Experiment Farm. Grain bundles formed into shocks are in foreground. A cat tractor is pulling a grain binder, cutting standing grain in the field at middle ground. One man is on the tractor, another rides the binder. Bundles of cut grain are evident on the ground in middle ground and additional shocks are visible in far middle ground. A hillside with a road cut and trees is in background with mountain tops visible beyond.

Location

Matanuska, Alaska

Image is a black & white view of Loren T. Oldroyd, Agricultural Extension Director with the University of Alaska, inspecting hot frames on Colonist Walt Pippel’s farm.  The hot frames, filled with soil and planted early in the spring, were covered with window glass panels to capture and retain solar radiation to warm the soil and get a head start on the growing season.
Title

Farm 11

Creator

Ruth DeArmond

Subject

Hot beds on Walt Pippel farm

Description

Image is a black & white view of Loren T. Oldroyd, Agricultural Extension Director with the University of Alaska, inspecting hot frames on Colonist Walt Pippel’s farm. The hot frames, filled with soil and planted early in the spring, were covered with window glass panels to capture and retain solar radiation to warm the soil and get a head start on the growing season.

Location

Near Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a springtime scene of ewes and new-born lambs inside a pole fence on Frank Clark's Matanuska Valley farm.  A log chicken house is in middle ground with heavy forest beyond.  Clark summered his flock on the slopes of Lazy Mountain east of Palmer.
Title

Farm 4

Creator

Associated Press photo

Subject

Ewes and new-born lambs on the Clark farm.

Description

Image shows a springtime scene of ewes and new-born lambs inside a pole fence on Frank Clark's Matanuska Valley farm. A log chicken house is in middle ground with heavy forest beyond. Clark summered his flock on the slopes of Lazy Mountain east of Palmer.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image shows a prepared field with a cat tractor pulling a grain drill and cultipacker in middle ground.  One man drives the tractor while another rides the grain drill.  A dust cloud rises from the machinery.  Heavy forest is at the edge of the field in background.  Information with the photo identifies this as Matanuska Colonist Gilford Lemon planting oats and peas for cattle feed on his farm on tract #128, June 6, 1936.
Title

Farming 7

Creator

Associated Press

Subject

Colony farmer spring planting grain with machinery

Description

Image shows a prepared field with a cat tractor pulling a grain drill and cultipacker in middle ground. One man drives the tractor while another rides the grain drill. A dust cloud rises from the machinery. Heavy forest is at the edge of the field in background. Information with the photo identifies this as Matanuska Colonist Gilford Lemon planting oats and peas for cattle feed on his farm on tract #128, June 6, 1936.

Location

Tract #128 Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image shows two men (one perhaps a soldier) in foreground plowing a field with a single bottom hand plow pulled behind a team of two horses.  Several cows are evident on unplowed fields in middle ground.  A stump row of trees cleared from the fields is apparent in far middle ground.  Heavy forest borders the fields in background with snow-clad mountains beyond.
Title

Farming 8

Creator

Worald Wild Press

Subject

Spring plowing with a two-horse team

Description

Image shows two men (one perhaps a soldier) in foreground plowing a field with a single bottom hand plow pulled behind a team of two horses. Several cows are evident on unplowed fields in middle ground. A stump row of trees cleared from the fields is apparent in far middle ground. Heavy forest borders the fields in background with snow-clad mountains beyond.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

This is a postcard photo of a homestead including fields in foreground with harvested hay put up in stacks.  A barn and other buildings are in middle ground with scattered trees.  Other fields are in far middle ground with hay stacks and heavy forest beyond.  Close examination reveals two different types of haystacks in the far field and a man working there.  Mount Susitna is faintly visible beyond the forest in background.
Title

Homestead & Haystacks

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

A homestead farm with fields of harvested hay put up in stacks to dry

Description

This is a postcard photo of a homestead including fields in foreground with harvested hay put up in stacks. A barn and other buildings are in middle ground with scattered trees. Other fields are in far middle ground with hay stacks and heavy forest beyond. Close examination reveals two different types of haystacks in the far field and a man working there. Mount Susitna is faintly visible beyond the forest in background.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image is a northeast view of Matanuska townsite.  Railroad tracks are in immediate foreground, numerous tents and buildings are in middle ground with trees and mountains beyond.  Numerous signs are visible on buildings and several people are evident.
Title

Matanuska Townsite

Creator

Subject

Matanuska townsite buildings

Description

Image is a northeast view of Matanuska townsite. Railroad tracks are in immediate foreground, numerous tents and buildings are in middle ground with trees and mountains beyond. Numerous signs are visible on buildings and several people are evident.

Location

Matanuska, Alaska

Image is a low oblique aerial view across farm land of the “Springer System” south of Palmer in the foreground, across the Matanuska River in middle ground, and up the Knik River valley to the Knik Glacier.  The Bodenburg Butte is visible at right.  Farms and forest clearing patterns, stump rows and roads are apparent.
Title

Matanuska Valley Air View 1

Creator

Johnston

Subject

Aerial oblique view across the farm land south of Palmer, across the Matanuska River & up the Knik River valley

Description

Image is a low oblique aerial view across farm land of the “Springer System” south of Palmer in the foreground, across the Matanuska River in middle ground, and up the Knik River valley to the Knik Glacier. The Bodenburg Butte is visible at right. Farms and forest clearing patterns, stump rows and roads are apparent.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image is an easterly low oblique aerial view across farm land southwest of Palmer, including Matanuska and the Matanuska Experiment Farm, across the Matanuska River to the mountains beyond.  Bodenburg Butte is visible.  Farms and forest clearing patterns, stump rows and roads are apparent.
Title

Matanuska Valley Air View 2

Creator

Johnston

Subject

Aerial oblique view across farm land southwest of Palmer, including Matanuska and the Matanuska Experiment Farm, across the Matanuska River to the mountains beyond

Description

Image is an easterly low oblique aerial view across farm land southwest of Palmer, including Matanuska and the Matanuska Experiment Farm, across the Matanuska River to the mountains beyond. Bodenburg Butte is visible. Farms and forest clearing patterns, stump rows and roads are apparent.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image is a northerly low oblique aerial view across farm land south of Palmer, including the City of Palmer and the Matanuska River to the Talkeetna Mountains beyond.  Farms and forest clearing patterns, crop patterns and roads are apparent.
Title

Matanuska Valley Air View 3

Creator

Robinson

Subject

Aerial oblique view across farm land south of Palmer, including the City of Palmer, the Matanuska River and the Talkeetna Mountains in background.

Description

Image is a northerly low oblique aerial view across farm land south of Palmer, including the City of Palmer and the Matanuska River to the Talkeetna Mountains beyond. Farms and forest clearing patterns, crop patterns and roads are apparent.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image shows a woman, identified as Miss Pearl Williams, Red Cross Nurse, in a cart pulled by a white horse, on a gravel road. Two automobiles are on the road behind the cart. Trees and clearing slash are visible in background.
Title

Nurse 3

Creator

Ruth DeArmond

Subject

Red Cross Nurse, Miss Pearl Williams, maker her rounds in a horse cart.

Description

Image shows a woman, identified as Miss Pearl Williams, Red Cross Nurse, in a cart pulled by a white horse, on a gravel road. Two automobiles are on the road behind the cart. Trees and clearing slash are visible in background.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image shows a woman, identified as Miss Pearl Williams, Red Cross Nurse, in a cart pulled by a white horse. A log House, identified as the home of colonists Joe and Blanch Puhl, is in the background. A tent is also visible.
Title

Nurse 4

Creator

Ruth DeArmond

Subject

Rec Cross Nurse, Miss Pearl Williams, making her rounds throughout the Matanuska Valley by horse cart.

Description

Image shows a woman, identified as Miss Pearl Williams, Red Cross Nurse, in a cart pulled by a white horse. A log House, identified as the home of colonists Joe and Blanch Puhl, is in the background. A tent is also visible.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image is a high oblique summer view of Palmer, Alaska looking northeast across the town to the Matanuska River and the base of Lazy Mountain.   Local homesteads and other clearings within heavy forest are apparent as are roads, streets and community buildings.
Title

Palmer Air View 14

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Aerial view of Palmer in the 1940’s

Description

Image is a high oblique summer view of Palmer, Alaska looking northeast across the town to the Matanuska River and the base of Lazy Mountain. Local homesteads and other clearings within heavy forest are apparent as are roads, streets and community buildings.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is a black & white high oblique view including much of John Bugge’s homestead, the “Tent City” of Palmer, patches of cleared land and uncut forest.  The “Wasilla road” is apparent to Bugge’s hill.
Title

Palmer Air View 16

Creator

Hewitt's Photo Shop

Subject

Aerial view of Palmer, August 1935

Description

Image is a black & white high oblique view including much of John Bugge’s homestead, the “Tent City” of Palmer, patches of cleared land and uncut forest. The “Wasilla road” is apparent to Bugge’s hill.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is a southerly oblique aerial view showing a cluster of tents at the Palmer townsite adjacent to the railroad line with patches of forest and fields in the foreground.  Dense forest and the Matanuska River are in middle ground and snow-clad mountains are beyond.
Title

Palmer Air View 4

Creator

Associated Press

Subject

Aerial view of Palmer's "Tent City"

Description

Image is a southerly oblique aerial view showing a cluster of tents at the Palmer townsite adjacent to the railroad line with patches of forest and fields in the foreground. Dense forest and the Matanuska River are in middle ground and snow-clad mountains are beyond.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is an oblique southeasterly summer view across Palmer and the Matanuska River to Knik Glacier and snow-clad mountains beyond.
Title

Palmer Air View 6

Creator

Jack B. Anderson

Subject

Color aerial oblique view across Palmer and Matanuska River to Knik Glacier and mountains.

Description

Image is an oblique southeasterly summer view across Palmer and the Matanuska River to Knik Glacier and snow-clad mountains beyond.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a white, two-story house in middle ground with a white picket gate and gate post arch holding a sign "Palmer House Rooms" in foreground.  The "S"s on the sign are printed backwards.  A man is walking on the path towards the house.  Owned by Jim Felton, this was the most available lodging in the local area prior to the coming of the Matanuska Colony.  Rooms reputedly contained two or more beds to accommodate all travelers, typical of Alaska roadhouses in the day.
Title

Palmer House

Creator

WP (ACME) press photo, photographer unknown

Subject

"Palmer House" rooming house

Description

Image shows a white, two-story house in middle ground with a white picket gate and gate post arch holding a sign "Palmer House Rooms" in foreground. The "S"s on the sign are printed backwards. A man is walking on the path towards the house. Owned by Jim Felton, this was the most available lodging in the local area prior to the coming of the Matanuska Colony. Rooms reputedly contained two or more beds to accommodate all travelers, typical of Alaska roadhouses in the day.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows an easterly winter view of Palmer taken from Bugge's hill.  John Bugge's homestead field is in foreground with fence along the "Wasilla road". Buildings are evident in middle ground and people can be seen walking in the street.  Scaffolding is still in place on the school building and the water tower is not yet erected.  Steam rises from the power house and white smoke comes from a railroad engine.  A strip of forest is in far middle ground and mountains dominate beyond.
Title

Palmer View From Bugge's Hill 2

Creator

Ordway

Subject

Winter view of Palmer from Bugge's hill.

Description

Image shows an easterly winter view of Palmer taken from Bugge's hill. John Bugge's homestead field is in foreground with fence along the "Wasilla road". Buildings are evident in middle ground and people can be seen walking in the street. Scaffolding is still in place on the school building and the water tower is not yet erected. Steam rises from the power house and white smoke comes from a railroad engine. A strip of forest is in far middle ground and mountains dominate beyond.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows the southeast view of the community Powerhouse, exterior construction partially complete with smokestack partly installed. Construction material is visible in foreground.
Title

Powerhouse 1

Creator

Hewitt's Photo Shop

Subject

Building

Description

Image shows the southeast view of the community Powerhouse, exterior construction partially complete with smokestack partly installed. Construction material is visible in foreground.

Location

Community Center, Palmer, Alaska

Information associated with this photo identifies it as an Alaska Railroad gas car and two flat trailers on the rails at Chickaloon station in that coal mining community at the north end of the Matanuska branch rail line.  Behind the vehicle are several small buildings at the base of a steep, bare slope topped by trees.
Title

Railroad Gas Car

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Alaska Railroad gas car

Description

Information associated with this photo identifies it as an Alaska Railroad gas car and two flat trailers on the rails at Chickaloon station in that coal mining community at the north end of the Matanuska branch rail line. Behind the vehicle are several small buildings at the base of a steep, bare slope topped by trees.

Location

Chickaloon, Alaska

Information associated with this photo identifies it as an Alaska Railroad gas car and two flat trailers on the rails at Chickaloon station in that coal mining community at the north end of the Matanuska branch rail line.  Behind the vehicle are several small buildings at the base of a steep, bare slope topped by trees.
Title

Railroad Gas Car

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Alaska Railroad gas car

Description

Information associated with this photo identifies it as an Alaska Railroad gas car and two flat trailers on the rails at Chickaloon station in that coal mining community at the north end of the Matanuska branch rail line. Behind the vehicle are several small buildings at the base of a steep, bare slope topped by trees.

Location

Chickaloon, Alaska

Image shows a group of young women, all "Colony Kids" identified from left to right as Diana Reitan, unknown, unknown, Dorothy Sheely, Genevieve Ring, unknown, and unknown, standing in front of a vehicle, identified as the hospital "Nurses Car" and ambulance which was part of the Palmer Fourth-of-July parade. Colony Tents and the Hospital building are in the background. One girl holds a 48-star flag.
Title

Red Cross Helpers

Creator

Ruth Estelle

Subject

People

Description

Image shows a group of young women, all "Colony Kids" identified from left to right as Diana Reitan, unknown, unknown, Dorothy Sheely, Genevieve Ring, unknown, and unknown, standing in front of a vehicle, identified as the hospital "Nurses Car" and ambulance which was part of the Palmer Fourth-of-July parade. Colony Tents and the Hospital building are in the background. One girl holds a 48-star flag.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

This is a slightly modified press photo.  Image shows a cat tractor and men in foreground with some sort of sled structure behind the tractor.  Other men are working at a sawmill under a shelter roof in near middle ground.  A large pile of spruce logs is behind the mill and birch trees are on the hill beyond.  Information with the photo indicates there are approximately 2,500 logs in the pile, enough to build 25 new Colony homes.
Title

Sawmill 1

Creator

Arville Schaleben

Subject

Sawmill and house logs

Description

This is a slightly modified press photo. Image shows a cat tractor and men in foreground with some sort of sled structure behind the tractor. Other men are working at a sawmill under a shelter roof in near middle ground. A large pile of spruce logs is behind the mill and birch trees are on the hill beyond. Information with the photo indicates there are approximately 2,500 logs in the pile, enough to build 25 new Colony homes.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image shows several soldiers preparing the roof of a large building for installation of roofing paper.  The building is an additional warehouse facility at the Farmer's Matanuska Co-op.  The Palmer water tower is prominent in middle ground, with fuel storage tanks, a small building and a railroad tank car adjacent.  Two pump houses on the water supply line from the north are visible in middle ground, as is a large unidentified machine.  In far middle ground is a field with many small hay stacks backed by heavy forest. Mountains are faintly visible in background.
Title

Soldiers Constructing Co-op Roof

Creator

Associated Press

Subject

Soldiers constructing Matanuska Co-op roof

Description

Image shows several soldiers preparing the roof of a large building for installation of roofing paper. The building is an additional warehouse facility at the Farmer's Matanuska Co-op. The Palmer water tower is prominent in middle ground, with fuel storage tanks, a small building and a railroad tank car adjacent. Two pump houses on the water supply line from the north are visible in middle ground, as is a large unidentified machine. In far middle ground is a field with many small hay stacks backed by heavy forest. Mountains are faintly visible in background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

This is a slightly enhanced press photo.  Image shows transient laborers constructing tents to house arriving Matanuska Colonists at the Palmer town site.  Two tent platforms are in foreground, men are constructing a tent frame in middle ground with several completed tents nearby.  Snow-clad mountains are in background under scattered clouds.
Title

Tent City Construction

Creator

Ariville Schaleben

Subject

Laborers are erecting tents at the Palmer town site

Description

This is a slightly enhanced press photo. Image shows transient laborers constructing tents to house arriving Matanuska Colonists at the Palmer town site. Two tent platforms are in foreground, men are constructing a tent frame in middle ground with several completed tents nearby. Snow-clad mountains are in background under scattered clouds.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows three men standing together in foreground looking at something at hand. They are identified as Fr. Bernard R. Hubbard, Leo B. Jacobs, and Fr. Merrill Salzman.  Three women stand next to the men and others are visible beyond.  A train car stands directly behind the people.  Father Hubbard was famously known as the "Glacier Priest", Jacobs was the Colony architect, and Father Salzman was the Catholic priest for Palmer.
Title

Three Men

Creator

Wide World Photos, Inc/Minneopolis Star press

Subject

Three men and others at the Palmer train station

Description

Image shows three men standing together in foreground looking at something at hand. They are identified as Fr. Bernard R. Hubbard, Leo B. Jacobs, and Fr. Merrill Salzman. Three women stand next to the men and others are visible beyond. A train car stands directly behind the people. Father Hubbard was famously known as the "Glacier Priest", Jacobs was the Colony architect, and Father Salzman was the Catholic priest for Palmer.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows several dairy cows gathered in front of a typical Colony chicken house and another building.  Two Colony barns are prominent behind the other buildings.  Heavy forest and Lazy Mountain are visible beyond under a partly cloudy sky.
Title

Two Barns

Creator

Unknown press photo

Subject

Two Colony barns on a dairy farm.

Description

Image shows several dairy cows gathered in front of a typical Colony chicken house and another building. Two Colony barns are prominent behind the other buildings. Heavy forest and Lazy Mountain are visible beyond under a partly cloudy sky.

Location

Matanuska Valley near the Butte

Image shows Matanuska Colonist Walt Pippel inspecting his cucumber plants through a window in his new hothouse on his Colony farm, tract #106, north of Palmer, Alaska.
Title

Walt Pippel

Creator

ACME Newspicture, Inc.

Subject

Colonist Walt Pippel inspecting his cucumber plants

Description

Image shows Matanuska Colonist Walt Pippel inspecting his cucumber plants through a window in his new hothouse on his Colony farm, tract #106, north of Palmer, Alaska.

Location

Matanuska Valley north of Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a winter scene of an unidentified woman clad in a fur parka walking in the driveway of a large log house.  Deep snow is evident.  Snow-clad mountains are in background.  The house was once the site of the Davis Children's Home.
Title

Woman on a winter walk

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Woman walking in the snow

Description

Image shows a winter scene of an unidentified woman clad in a fur parka walking in the driveway of a large log house. Deep snow is evident. Snow-clad mountains are in background. The house was once the site of the Davis Children's Home.

Location

Matanuska Valley south of Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a winter scene of an unidentified woman clad in a fur parka walking in the driveway of a large log house.  Deep snow is evident.  Snow-clad mountains are in background.  The house was once the site of the Davis Children's Home.
Title

Woman on a winter walk

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Woman walking in the snow

Description

Image shows a winter scene of an unidentified woman clad in a fur parka walking in the driveway of a large log house. Deep snow is evident. Snow-clad mountains are in background. The house was once the site of the Davis Children's Home.

Location

Matanuska Valley south of Palmer, Alaska

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