Creator
Miller Family
Time Period
1935-1955
Entries
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Miller Collection

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The Miller collection of 187 images records activities associated with this Colonist family traveling to Alaska, temporarily living in tents, and establishing their new home and farm. It also includes later photos after the family moved to another Colony farm closer to Palmer. Numerous images depict activities and people associated with early Colony life.

Image Shows a man, identified as colonist Neil Miller, sitting on a sawbuck in from of a white tent and receiving a haircut from another man, identified as colonist Ferber Bailey. Two children are in the foreground, identified as Mardie Miller holding Nona Faye Bailey. The tent is a typical Colony tent with "A-1" visibly marked on the canvas. The setting is identified as Colony Camp #7 northwest of Palmer.
Image shows a sod-roofed log cabin atop a slight hill with garden crops on the hillside in foreground.  Heavy forest forms the backdrop behind the cabin.
Image shows seven young children and a dog.  Children identified as (l to r): Front-McCormick twins, Fitzpatrick girl & boy, Raschke child.  Back-Janell Miller, Gene Bailey.
Image shows a woman, identified as Margret Miller, hand-washing clothes in wash tubs set up in front of their tent at Colonist Camp 7.  Two young girls, identified as Mardie and Janell Miller, sit nearby.  An outhouse and clothesline are evident at right
Image is a three quarter side view of the Eklutna Russian Orthodox Church in the foreground.  Identity and instruction signs are in near foreground.  People are walking among grave houses in middle ground with trees beyond.
Image shows the north side of a log church, identified as the Protestant Church, also commonly referred to as the Community (Presbyterian) Church or the "Church of a Thousand Trees", in Palmer, Alaska. Trees are evident in front and beyond and power lines overhead.
Image shows a man standing on a log wall beside several peeled log rafters with log walls behind and below. Various boards lean against the rafters and a power cord with a light bulb hangs from one rafter. The structure under construction is identified as the Community (Presbyterian) Church of Palmer. There is evidence of light snow cover and the man is warmly dressed. Tress form the backdrop.
Image shows a Colony barn under construction with the bottom portion complete and the roof framed and ready to be covered.  The farm's well house and a stack of lumber are in the foreground.
Image is a winter scene of Neil & Margaret Miller's first Colony farm on tract #155 along the Fishhook Road north of Palmer, Alaska.  A typical Colony barn is apparent, a very atypical colonist house is visible, and an automobile is evident in the driveway.
Image is an easterly view across a partially harvested grain field with uncut grain and harvested grain shocks in the foreground, a Colony house and barn in middle ground with heavy forest behind. Mountains form the backdrop.
Image shows a house of arguably the most unique design build by, or for, any of the Matanuska Colonists.  Constructed by Colonists Neil and Margaret Miller on their tract #155 along the Fishhook Road north of Palmer, it varied radically from any of the five house patterns offered by the government from which the Colonists were to choose.
Image shows a man, identified as Neil Miller, standing in front of a bus, identified as ARRC bus #22 used to transport school children from Colony camp #7 to the Wasilla school. The bus is on a gravel road with trees behind.
Image is a high oblique west oriented overview of the Matanuska Experiment Farm and surrounding landscape. Land clearing patterns are obvious. Several small independent farmsteads are visible in small forest clearings. Lakes and roads are visible.
Image is an easterly view across the race track in foreground to four unfinished frame structures identified as stock barns.  A car is parked in front of one of the barns.  A small group of spruce trees is at left.  Mountains are prominent in background under cloudy skies.  A note on the reverse indicates that the barns were covered with tarps when used.
Colonist Neil Miller and young son Tim are sitting on the manure spreader drawn by a two-horse team.  The spreader is loaded and the contents are ready to be spread on a field.  Birch and spruce trees form the backdrop.
Image shows Colonist Neil Miller mowing hay with a Farmall tractor.  A cleared hillside and fringe of trees form the background.
Image is of Colonist Margaret Miller standing atop hay stacked on the back of a pickup truck to be hauled from the field.  She leans on her pitchfork waiting for more hay to be pitched up to her to arrange for a proper load.
Image shows Margaret Miller and her five year old son, Tim, perched on the front of a General Motors pickup truck in foreground.  Location is on the road over Hatcher Pass.  In background buildings of Independence Mine and Gold Chord Mine are visible.  Mountains form the far background.
Image shows a harvested hay field with two forms of haystack construction. In foreground and middle ground are pole racks with hay on them, the front one partially covered. In back middle ground are smaller stacks on single stakes. The sides of the field are forested with Talkeetna Mountains in background.
Image shows a harvested hay field with cut hay on the ground and appears to display two methods of haystack construction. In foreground and middle ground are pole racks ready to have hay placed over their horizontal rails. In the middle ground appears to be completed stack on a single vertical stake. In the background is a house. The sides of the field are forested with mountains in background.
Image shows a white, flat-roofed house on a small hill with exposed excavated gravel in front and trees behind. Designed by Colonists Neil & Margaret Miller to be distinctively different from other Colony houses, to the consternation of ARRC officials. Part of another building is visible behind and to the left of the house with snow-capped Talkeetna Mountains in the background.
Image shows three men, identified as Neil Miller (left), Ingolf "I.M." Sandvik (center), and Don Irwin (right), standing in front of a small sod-roofed log cabin. Sandvik and Irwin are holding rifles.  Large trees and brush form the background.  Notes associated with the image indicate the men are on a bear hunt.
Three men, identified as Ingolf "I.M." Sandvik (left), Neil Miller (center), and Bixler (right), stand in front of a small, sod-roofed log cabin.  Miller and Bixler are holding rifles.  Large trees and brush form the background.  Notes associated with the image indicate the men are on a bear hunt.
Image is a northerly oblique view over the “Tent City” buildings, railroad and roads of the Matanuska Colony center of operation at Palmer.  Heavy forest is prominent around homestead clearings in middle ground, the Matanuska River is evident in far middle ground and the Talkeetna Mountains are in background.
Image is of a photo printed in the September 15th, 1935 issue of the Milwaukee Journal showing a northwesterly oblique view over the “Tent City” buildings, railroad and roads of the Matanuska Colony center of operation at Palmer.  Heavy forest is prominent around homestead clearings in middle ground and cultivated land in foreground.
Image is a northwesterly view taken from atop a railroad car showing considerable "Tent City" activity.  A truck is parked alongside the road in foreground with men loading lumber from a large pile.  Other men and automobiles are evident as is a horse-drawn wagon with people in the wagon.  A tent is in foreground at left and a large frame building is at center in near middle ground.  Piles of tarp-draped material are scattered about.  Many tents are visible in background with heavy forest and mountains beyond.
Image shows a woman, identified as colonist Ruth Bailey, sitting on a blanket with her daughter, Nona Faye, in front of a colony tent, identified as tent #2 at temporary camp 7.
Image shows a woman, identified as colonist Allda ("Lida") Green, standing next to a railroad "speeder" car.
Image shows two women, identified as Margaret Cope (left), Palmer school typing teacher, and Margaret Miller, Palmer 6th grade teacher, ready to begin berry picking with berry buckets at hand.  A log chicken coop is behind them in middle ground with forest beyond.  A road and power line appear faintly among the trees.
Image shows Colonists Neil and Margaret Miller with a horse excavating gravel within the foundation of their new house under construction.  Foundation beams are evident.  Heavy birch forest forms the backdrop.
Image shows the three Miller girls astride a working horse.  Their mother watches at right.  The horse appears resigned.  Birch and spruce trees form the backdrop.
Image shows a man, identified as colonist Neil Miller, sitting on a saw buck in front of a colony tent while another man, identified as colonist Ferber Bailey, cuts his hair.  A young girl, identified as Mardie Miller, holds a smaller child, identified as Nona Faye Bailey, in foreground.  The tent is identified as tent #2 at temporary Camp 7.
Image shows a group of men in a small forest clearing working around a portable sawmill.  One man is visible driving a two-horse team dragging logs to the mill.
Image shows a group of men in a small clearing of a forest setting working around a portable sawmill.  A two-horse team is visible used to drag logs to the sawmill.
Image shows a frozen impoundment as a community skating rink in foreground with two children and a dog on the ice.  “The Dorm” building is prominent directly beyond.  In the background are buildings of the Palmer.
Image is of the Colony Community Trading Post building under construction and nearing completion. View is of the north and west side. Two men are visible working on the building. Trees are behind the building.
Image is a winter view of a two-horse team hitched to a four-wheel wagon on a graded dirt road.  In the wagon stands an unidentified man with wooden barrels or boxes covered by a tarp.  A small white crock is also visible at the man’s feet.  Scattered forest forms the backdrop in middle ground.
Image Shows a man, identified as colonist Neil Miller, sitting on a sawbuck in from of a white tent and receiving a haircut from another man, identified as colonist Ferber Bailey. Two children are in the foreground, identified as Mardie Miller holding Nona Faye Bailey. The tent is a typical Colony tent with "A-1" visibly marked on the canvas. The setting is identified as Colony Camp #7 northwest of Palmer.
Title

Barber Shop at Camp 7

Creator

Margaret Miller

Subject

People

Description

Image Shows a man, identified as colonist Neil Miller, sitting on a sawbuck in from of a white tent and receiving a haircut from another man, identified as colonist Ferber Bailey. Two children are in the foreground, identified as Mardie Miller holding Nona Faye Bailey. The tent is a typical Colony tent with "A-1" visibly marked on the canvas. The setting is identified as Colony Camp #7 northwest of Palmer.

Location

Camp #7 Northwest of Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a sod-roofed log cabin atop a slight hill with garden crops on the hillside in foreground.  Heavy forest forms the backdrop behind the cabin.
Title

Cabin 3

Creator

Neil Miller

Subject

Log cabin and garden

Description

Image shows a sod-roofed log cabin atop a slight hill with garden crops on the hillside in foreground. Heavy forest forms the backdrop behind the cabin.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image shows seven young children and a dog.  Children identified as (l to r): Front-McCormick twins, Fitzpatrick girl & boy, Raschke child.  Back-Janell Miller, Gene Bailey.
Title

Camp 7 Kids

Creator

Margaret Miller

Subject

Children of temporary camp 7

Description

Image shows seven young children and a dog. Children identified as (l to r): Front-McCormick twins, Fitzpatrick girl & boy, Raschke child. Back-Janell Miller, Gene Bailey.

Location

Camp 7 north of Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a woman, identified as Margret Miller, hand-washing clothes in wash tubs set up in front of their tent at Colonist Camp 7.  Two young girls, identified as Mardie and Janell Miller, sit nearby.  An outhouse and clothesline are evident at right
Title

Camp 7 Wash Day

Creator

Neil Miller

Subject

Clothes washing at tent #1, Camp 7

Description

Image shows a woman, identified as Margret Miller, hand-washing clothes in wash tubs set up in front of their tent at Colonist Camp 7. Two young girls, identified as Mardie and Janell Miller, sit nearby. An outhouse and clothesline are evident at right

Location

Camp 7 north of Palmer, Alaska

Image is a three quarter side view of the Eklutna Russian Orthodox Church in the foreground.  Identity and instruction signs are in near foreground.  People are walking among grave houses in middle ground with trees beyond.
Title

Church 13

Creator

Mac's Photo Shop

Subject

Eklutna Russian Orothodox Church

Description

Image is a three quarter side view of the Eklutna Russian Orthodox Church in the foreground. Identity and instruction signs are in near foreground. People are walking among grave houses in middle ground with trees beyond.

Location

Eklutna, Alaska

Image shows the north side of a log church, identified as the Protestant Church, also commonly referred to as the Community (Presbyterian) Church or the "Church of a Thousand Trees", in Palmer, Alaska. Trees are evident in front and beyond and power lines overhead.
Title

Church 8

Creator

Jackson

Subject

Church, Building

Description

Image shows the north side of a log church, identified as the Protestant Church, also commonly referred to as the Community (Presbyterian) Church or the "Church of a Thousand Trees", in Palmer, Alaska. Trees are evident in front and beyond and power lines overhead.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a man standing on a log wall beside several peeled log rafters with log walls behind and below. Various boards lean against the rafters and a power cord with a light bulb hangs from one rafter. The structure under construction is identified as the Community (Presbyterian) Church of Palmer. There is evidence of light snow cover and the man is warmly dressed. Tress form the backdrop.
Title

Church Construction 1

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Church, Building

Description

Image shows a man standing on a log wall beside several peeled log rafters with log walls behind and below. Various boards lean against the rafters and a power cord with a light bulb hangs from one rafter. The structure under construction is identified as the Community (Presbyterian) Church of Palmer. There is evidence of light snow cover and the man is warmly dressed. Tress form the backdrop.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a Colony barn under construction with the bottom portion complete and the roof framed and ready to be covered.  The farm's well house and a stack of lumber are in the foreground.
Title

Colony Barn Under Construction 2

Creator

Neil Miller

Subject

Colony barn under construction

Description

Image shows a Colony barn under construction with the bottom portion complete and the roof framed and ready to be covered. The farm's well house and a stack of lumber are in the foreground.

Location

Colony tract #155 north of Palmer, Alaska

Image is a winter scene of Neil & Margaret Miller's first Colony farm on tract #155 along the Fishhook Road north of Palmer, Alaska.  A typical Colony barn is apparent, a very atypical colonist house is visible, and an automobile is evident in the driveway.
Title

Colony Farm 12

Creator

Neil Miller

Subject

Neil & Margaret's first Colony farmstead

Description

Image is a winter scene of Neil & Margaret Miller's first Colony farm on tract #155 along the Fishhook Road north of Palmer, Alaska. A typical Colony barn is apparent, a very atypical colonist house is visible, and an automobile is evident in the driveway.

Location

Tract #155 north of Palmer, Alaska

Image is an easterly view across a partially harvested grain field with uncut grain and harvested grain shocks in the foreground, a Colony house and barn in middle ground with heavy forest behind. Mountains form the backdrop.
Title

Colony Farm 6

Creator

Neil Miller

Subject

Farm

Description

Image is an easterly view across a partially harvested grain field with uncut grain and harvested grain shocks in the foreground, a Colony house and barn in middle ground with heavy forest behind. Mountains form the backdrop.

Location

Tract #99 Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a house of arguably the most unique design build by, or for, any of the Matanuska Colonists.  Constructed by Colonists Neil and Margaret Miller on their tract #155 along the Fishhook Road north of Palmer, it varied radically from any of the five house patterns offered by the government from which the Colonists were to choose.
Title

Colony Home 20

Creator

Neil Miller

Subject

The unique house built by Colonists Neil and Margaret Miller

Description

Image shows a house of arguably the most unique design build by, or for, any of the Matanuska Colonists. Constructed by Colonists Neil and Margaret Miller on their tract #155 along the Fishhook Road north of Palmer, it varied radically from any of the five house patterns offered by the government from which the Colonists were to choose.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image shows a man, identified as Neil Miller, standing in front of a bus, identified as ARRC bus #22 used to transport school children from Colony camp #7 to the Wasilla school. The bus is on a gravel road with trees behind.
Title

Colony School Bus

Creator

Neil Miller

Subject

Automobiles, School Bus

Description

Image shows a man, identified as Neil Miller, standing in front of a bus, identified as ARRC bus #22 used to transport school children from Colony camp #7 to the Wasilla school. The bus is on a gravel road with trees behind.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image is a high oblique west oriented overview of the Matanuska Experiment Farm and surrounding landscape. Land clearing patterns are obvious. Several small independent farmsteads are visible in small forest clearings. Lakes and roads are visible.
Title

Experiment Farm 17

Creator

Hewitt's Photo Shop

Subject

Experiment Farm

Description

Image is a high oblique west oriented overview of the Matanuska Experiment Farm and surrounding landscape. Land clearing patterns are obvious. Several small independent farmsteads are visible in small forest clearings. Lakes and roads are visible.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image is an easterly view across the race track in foreground to four unfinished frame structures identified as stock barns.  A car is parked in front of one of the barns.  A small group of spruce trees is at left.  Mountains are prominent in background under cloudy skies.  A note on the reverse indicates that the barns were covered with tarps when used.
Title

Fair 2

Creator

Berts

Subject

Fair grounds stock barns under construction

Description

Image is an easterly view across the race track in foreground to four unfinished frame structures identified as stock barns. A car is parked in front of one of the barns. A small group of spruce trees is at left. Mountains are prominent in background under cloudy skies. A note on the reverse indicates that the barns were covered with tarps when used.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Colonist Neil Miller and young son Tim are sitting on the manure spreader drawn by a two-horse team.  The spreader is loaded and the contents are ready to be spread on a field.  Birch and spruce trees form the backdrop.
Title

Farming 1

Creator

Margaret Miller

Subject

Colonist father and young son sit on a manure spreader drawn by a two-horse team

Description

Colonist Neil Miller and young son Tim are sitting on the manure spreader drawn by a two-horse team. The spreader is loaded and the contents are ready to be spread on a field. Birch and spruce trees form the backdrop.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image shows Colonist Neil Miller mowing hay with a Farmall tractor.  A cleared hillside and fringe of trees form the background.
Title

Farming 2

Creator

Margaret Miller

Subject

Man on a tractor mowing hay

Description

Image shows Colonist Neil Miller mowing hay with a Farmall tractor. A cleared hillside and fringe of trees form the background.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image is of Colonist Margaret Miller standing atop hay stacked on the back of a pickup truck to be hauled from the field.  She leans on her pitchfork waiting for more hay to be pitched up to her to arrange for a proper load.
Title

Farming 6

Creator

Neil Miller

Subject

Colonist Margaret Miller stands atop hay stacked on a truck, leaning on a pitchfork

Description

Image is of Colonist Margaret Miller standing atop hay stacked on the back of a pickup truck to be hauled from the field. She leans on her pitchfork waiting for more hay to be pitched up to her to arrange for a proper load.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows Margaret Miller and her five year old son, Tim, perched on the front of a General Motors pickup truck in foreground.  Location is on the road over Hatcher Pass.  In background buildings of Independence Mine and Gold Chord Mine are visible.  Mountains form the far background.
Title

Hatcher Pass Outing

Creator

Neil Miller

Subject

Margaret Miller & son Tim on Hatcher Pass outing

Description

Image shows Margaret Miller and her five year old son, Tim, perched on the front of a General Motors pickup truck in foreground. Location is on the road over Hatcher Pass. In background buildings of Independence Mine and Gold Chord Mine are visible. Mountains form the far background.

Location

Hatcher Pass in Talkeetna Mountains north of Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a harvested hay field with two forms of haystack construction. In foreground and middle ground are pole racks with hay on them, the front one partially covered. In back middle ground are smaller stacks on single stakes. The sides of the field are forested with Talkeetna Mountains in background.
Title

Haystacks 1

Creator

Neil Miller

Subject

Farming

Description

Image shows a harvested hay field with two forms of haystack construction. In foreground and middle ground are pole racks with hay on them, the front one partially covered. In back middle ground are smaller stacks on single stakes. The sides of the field are forested with Talkeetna Mountains in background.

Location

Matanuska Valley near Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a harvested hay field with cut hay on the ground and appears to display two methods of haystack construction. In foreground and middle ground are pole racks ready to have hay placed over their horizontal rails. In the middle ground appears to be completed stack on a single vertical stake. In the background is a house. The sides of the field are forested with mountains in background.
Title

Haystacks 2

Creator

Neil Miller

Subject

Farming

Description

Image shows a harvested hay field with cut hay on the ground and appears to display two methods of haystack construction. In foreground and middle ground are pole racks ready to have hay placed over their horizontal rails. In the middle ground appears to be completed stack on a single vertical stake. In the background is a house. The sides of the field are forested with mountains in background.

Location

Matanuska Valley near Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a white, flat-roofed house on a small hill with exposed excavated gravel in front and trees behind. Designed by Colonists Neil & Margaret Miller to be distinctively different from other Colony houses, to the consternation of ARRC officials. Part of another building is visible behind and to the left of the house with snow-capped Talkeetna Mountains in the background.
Title

House 1

Creator

Neil Miller

Subject

Building

Description

Image shows a white, flat-roofed house on a small hill with exposed excavated gravel in front and trees behind. Designed by Colonists Neil & Margaret Miller to be distinctively different from other Colony houses, to the consternation of ARRC officials. Part of another building is visible behind and to the left of the house with snow-capped Talkeetna Mountains in the background.

Location

Tract #155 north of Palmer, Alaska

Image shows three men, identified as Neil Miller (left), Ingolf "I.M." Sandvik (center), and Don Irwin (right), standing in front of a small sod-roofed log cabin. Sandvik and Irwin are holding rifles.  Large trees and brush form the background.  Notes associated with the image indicate the men are on a bear hunt.
Title

Hunters 1

Creator

Neil Miller

Subject

Three men stand in front of a log cabin

Description

Image shows three men, identified as Neil Miller (left), Ingolf "I.M." Sandvik (center), and Don Irwin (right), standing in front of a small sod-roofed log cabin. Sandvik and Irwin are holding rifles. Large trees and brush form the background. Notes associated with the image indicate the men are on a bear hunt.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Three men, identified as Ingolf "I.M." Sandvik (left), Neil Miller (center), and Bixler (right), stand in front of a small, sod-roofed log cabin.  Miller and Bixler are holding rifles.  Large trees and brush form the background.  Notes associated with the image indicate the men are on a bear hunt.
Title

Hunters 2

Creator

Neil Miller

Subject

Three hunters stand in front of a log cabin

Description

Three men, identified as Ingolf "I.M." Sandvik (left), Neil Miller (center), and Bixler (right), stand in front of a small, sod-roofed log cabin. Miller and Bixler are holding rifles. Large trees and brush form the background. Notes associated with the image indicate the men are on a bear hunt.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image is a northerly oblique view over the “Tent City” buildings, railroad and roads of the Matanuska Colony center of operation at Palmer.  Heavy forest is prominent around homestead clearings in middle ground, the Matanuska River is evident in far middle ground and the Talkeetna Mountains are in background.
Title

Palmer Air View 6

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Oblique aerial view of Palmer “Tent City”

Description

Image is a northerly oblique view over the “Tent City” buildings, railroad and roads of the Matanuska Colony center of operation at Palmer. Heavy forest is prominent around homestead clearings in middle ground, the Matanuska River is evident in far middle ground and the Talkeetna Mountains are in background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is of a photo printed in the September 15th, 1935 issue of the Milwaukee Journal showing a northwesterly oblique view over the “Tent City” buildings, railroad and roads of the Matanuska Colony center of operation at Palmer.  Heavy forest is prominent around homestead clearings in middle ground and cultivated land in foreground.
Title

Palmer Air View 7

Creator

Arville Schaleben

Subject

Oblique aerial view of Palmer “Tent City”

Description

Image is of a photo printed in the September 15th, 1935 issue of the Milwaukee Journal showing a northwesterly oblique view over the “Tent City” buildings, railroad and roads of the Matanuska Colony center of operation at Palmer. Heavy forest is prominent around homestead clearings in middle ground and cultivated land in foreground.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is a northwesterly view taken from atop a railroad car showing considerable "Tent City" activity.  A truck is parked alongside the road in foreground with men loading lumber from a large pile.  Other men and automobiles are evident as is a horse-drawn wagon with people in the wagon.  A tent is in foreground at left and a large frame building is at center in near middle ground.  Piles of tarp-draped material are scattered about.  Many tents are visible in background with heavy forest and mountains beyond.
Title

Palmer Tent City 2

Creator

Berts

Subject

Palmer "Tent City" activity

Description

Image is a northwesterly view taken from atop a railroad car showing considerable "Tent City" activity. A truck is parked alongside the road in foreground with men loading lumber from a large pile. Other men and automobiles are evident as is a horse-drawn wagon with people in the wagon. A tent is in foreground at left and a large frame building is at center in near middle ground. Piles of tarp-draped material are scattered about. Many tents are visible in background with heavy forest and mountains beyond.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a woman, identified as colonist Ruth Bailey, sitting on a blanket with her daughter, Nona Faye, in front of a colony tent, identified as tent #2 at temporary camp 7.
Title

People 2

Creator

Margaret Miller

Subject

Colonist Ruth Bailey and daughter Nona Faye

Description

Image shows a woman, identified as colonist Ruth Bailey, sitting on a blanket with her daughter, Nona Faye, in front of a colony tent, identified as tent #2 at temporary camp 7.

Location

Camp 7 north of Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a woman, identified as colonist Allda ("Lida") Green, standing next to a railroad "speeder" car.
Title

People 3

Creator

Margaret Miller

Subject

Colonist "Lida" Green is standing next to a railroad "speeder" car.

Description

Image shows a woman, identified as colonist Allda ("Lida") Green, standing next to a railroad "speeder" car.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image shows two women, identified as Margaret Cope (left), Palmer school typing teacher, and Margaret Miller, Palmer 6th grade teacher, ready to begin berry picking with berry buckets at hand.  A log chicken coop is behind them in middle ground with forest beyond.  A road and power line appear faintly among the trees.
Title

People 4

Creator

Neil Miller

Subject

Two women stand ready to pick berries

Description

Image shows two women, identified as Margaret Cope (left), Palmer school typing teacher, and Margaret Miller, Palmer 6th grade teacher, ready to begin berry picking with berry buckets at hand. A log chicken coop is behind them in middle ground with forest beyond. A road and power line appear faintly among the trees.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows Colonists Neil and Margaret Miller with a horse excavating gravel within the foundation of their new house under construction.  Foundation beams are evident.  Heavy birch forest forms the backdrop.
Title

People 5

Creator

Neil Miller

Subject

Colonists using a horse to excavate gravel at their new house under construction.

Description

Image shows Colonists Neil and Margaret Miller with a horse excavating gravel within the foundation of their new house under construction. Foundation beams are evident. Heavy birch forest forms the backdrop.

Location

Tract #155 North of Palmer, Alaska

Image shows the three Miller girls astride a working horse.  Their mother watches at right.  The horse appears resigned.  Birch and spruce trees form the backdrop.
Title

People 6

Creator

Neil Miller

Subject

Three Colony girls astride a working horse while mother looks on

Description

Image shows the three Miller girls astride a working horse. Their mother watches at right. The horse appears resigned. Birch and spruce trees form the backdrop.

Location

Tract #155 North of Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a man, identified as colonist Neil Miller, sitting on a saw buck in front of a colony tent while another man, identified as colonist Ferber Bailey, cuts his hair.  A young girl, identified as Mardie Miller, holds a smaller child, identified as Nona Faye Bailey, in foreground.  The tent is identified as tent #2 at temporary Camp 7.
Title

People#1

Creator

Margaret Miller

Subject

Colonist Neil Miller is getting a haircut

Description

Image shows a man, identified as colonist Neil Miller, sitting on a saw buck in front of a colony tent while another man, identified as colonist Ferber Bailey, cuts his hair. A young girl, identified as Mardie Miller, holds a smaller child, identified as Nona Faye Bailey, in foreground. The tent is identified as tent #2 at temporary Camp 7.

Location

Camp 7 north of Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a group of men in a small forest clearing working around a portable sawmill.  One man is visible driving a two-horse team dragging logs to the mill.
Title

Sawmill 4

Creator

Neil Miller

Subject

Gathering houselogs to a portable sawmill

Description

Image shows a group of men in a small forest clearing working around a portable sawmill. One man is visible driving a two-horse team dragging logs to the mill.

Location

Camp 5 north of Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a group of men in a small clearing of a forest setting working around a portable sawmill.  A two-horse team is visible used to drag logs to the sawmill.
Title

Sawmill 5

Creator

Neil Miller

Subject

Men working ariund a portable sawmill

Description

Image shows a group of men in a small clearing of a forest setting working around a portable sawmill. A two-horse team is visible used to drag logs to the sawmill.

Location

Colony Camp 5 north of Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a frozen impoundment as a community skating rink in foreground with two children and a dog on the ice.  “The Dorm” building is prominent directly beyond.  In the background are buildings of the Palmer.
Title

Skating Rink

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Palmer community skating rink between the school building and the “Dorm”

Description

Image shows a frozen impoundment as a community skating rink in foreground with two children and a dog on the ice. “The Dorm” building is prominent directly beyond. In the background are buildings of the Palmer.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is of the Colony Community Trading Post building under construction and nearing completion. View is of the north and west side. Two men are visible working on the building. Trees are behind the building.
Title

Trading Post 3

Creator

Hewitt's Photo Shop, Anchorage

Subject

Building

Description

Image is of the Colony Community Trading Post building under construction and nearing completion. View is of the north and west side. Two men are visible working on the building. Trees are behind the building.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is a winter view of a two-horse team hitched to a four-wheel wagon on a graded dirt road.  In the wagon stands an unidentified man with wooden barrels or boxes covered by a tarp.  A small white crock is also visible at the man’s feet.  Scattered forest forms the backdrop in middle ground.
Title

Water Wagon

Creator

Unknown

Subject

A man on a wagon with a two-horse team delivering barrels or boxes

Description

Image is a winter view of a two-horse team hitched to a four-wheel wagon on a graded dirt road. In the wagon stands an unidentified man with wooden barrels or boxes covered by a tarp. A small white crock is also visible at the man’s feet. Scattered forest forms the backdrop in middle ground.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

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