Creator
Louis Odsather
Time Period
1935-1945
Entries
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Odsather Collection

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Odsather Collection

Louis Odsather came to the Colony project soon after the Colonists arrived at Palmer. He became the manager of the community Trading Post and was very active in the social life among the single corporation employees, teachers, nurses and others. The Odsather collection contains almost 500 images Louis recorded, with emphasis on the people of the area during those first five years of the Colony activity.

Image shows the McKeen Motorized Rail Car, locally called the "Brill Car" or "Brill Train", on the Palmer siding. Ron Pasco, station freight agent, stands in front and another man stands in the car's doorway. This car ran daily between Palmer and Anchorage for several years, hauling passengers and freight.
Image shows a collection of large buildings in a summer alpine setting, identified as the "Lucky Shot" Gold Mine, with mountains in background. An ARRC bus is in foreground with people standing in front and others visible inside.
Image shows a building in a summer setting, identified as part of the "Lucky Shot" Gold Mine, with a large collection of steel barrels and lumber in the foreground, wires and an aerial tram car overhead, and mountains in background.
Image shows a collection of buildings in an alpine setting, identified as the "Lucky Shot" Gold Mine, with power poles, electric lines, and a roadway in the foreground. Alpine vegetation is visible in foreground and rounded mountains in background.
Image shows a rugged mountainside with large tailing piles spilling down and buildings, covered stairways and tramways adjacent. Identified as the "Lucky Shot" Gold Mine, (Upper Lucky Shot above and Lower Lucky Shot below). A wooden tower and power poles are visible, and alpine vegetation is in foreground.
Image shows a collection of buildings in a summer alpine setting, identified as the "Lucky Shot" Gold Mine, with mountains in background.
Image shows a collection of buildings in an alpine setting, identified as the "Lucky Shot" Gold Mine, with mountains in background. A bus (probably an ARRC bus) and an automobile are visible near the buildings.
Image shows an alpine valley a with a rugged mountainside and large tailing piles spilling down its side. Buildings are visible above the tailings and in the valley below. Identified as the "Lucky Shot" Gold Mine, (Upper Lucky Shot above and Lower Lucky Shot below). Alpine vegetation is in foreground.
Image shows an ARRC Bus parked with open door at the Independence Gold Mine, partial buildings are visible behind the bus. Mountains are in background.
Image shows a group of Alaska Road Commission dump trucks on what was then called the "Werner Cut-off" road (now the Palmer-Fishhook Road). Location is at Colonist Camp #5 per notes on a similar photo in the Nichols Collection.
Image shows men approaching an ARRC bus. The bus door is open, driver and other riders are visible inside. A tent is partially visible beyond.  Since private vehicles were scarce in early days of the colony, the Corporation busses offered a way for people to travel between camps and home sites as they, and the roads, developed.
Image shows four men, identified from left as, unidentified, Norbert Nathe, Louis Odsather, and Cliff Lillethun, playing cards at a table covered with an Indian blanket. The men were employees of the ARRC. The home is identified as that of "Nick" and Fran Nichols in Palmer, also ARRC employees.
Image shows a man squatting beside the rear wheel of an old car while three young men look on. Two of the men lean on a wood beam as a lever to raise the car so the tire can be changed. A spare tire is attached to the back of the car. Part of a wooden building and two tents and another small building are visible behind the car with trees beyond. The man in the light sweater is identified as Louis Odsather.
Image shows the large garage building in middle ground with an automobile parked in front of one of the bay doors. In foreground are two automobiles on soft ground, on with a rear wheel missing. Powerhouse smokestack producing smoke is in middle ground as is the roof of the warehouse. Lazy Mountain is seen in the far background.
Image is a view from atop a rail car and shows a group of men standing in the street, with their waiting trucks, as cows descend a chute from a railroad car. Three trucks with stock racks are in view, as is a pickup truck. Railroad depot buildings, the Post Office and a log storage building are visible beyond.
Image is a view from atop a rail car and shows a group of men standing in the street with their trucks, waiting for cows to descend a chute from a railroad car. Two trucks with stock racks are in view, as is a pickup truck. A two-horse team and wagon are across the street, as is one cow and a boy with a bicycle. The Post Office and a log storage building are visible beyond with a clearing and forest in background.
Image shows a group of children gathered around a game of marbles in the dirt street between Colony tents. Another child stands at the entry to one of the tents. A rail car is visible on the tracks in the background with forest beyond, This appears to be in the original "Tent City" or Camp #1 in Palmer.
Image shows railroad tracks leading to the northwest aspects of the Powerhouse and the Warehouse. A fuel tank stands next to the tracks. Lumber, poles and gravel are piled on the right-of-way. Trees frame the clearing and mountains are visible in background.
Image shows a man, identified as Bill Curtis, standing beside what is identified as the delivery truck for the Colony Commissary. An unidentified woman looks through the far window of the truck. Another woman is seen walking away to the right. The truck is parked in front of the Commissary building in Palmer.
Image shows four men, identified from left as Harry Fredrickson, Willie (Bill) Odsather, and Louis Odsather. The men were employees of the Alaska Rural Rehabilitation Corporation which managed the Matanuska Colony Project. They are standing in front of a train engine and parked trucks, probably in Palmer.
Image shows three men at the dinner table with the Colonist Reitan family, presumably in the Reitan home. Individuals are identified from left as Bill odsather, Alice Reitan, Reitan Daughter, Bernard Reitan, Deana Reitan, Louis Odsather, unidentified.
Image shows a four-door sedan with a male driver visible. The driver is identified as Eugene Carr, ARRC Supply Purchasing Agent, per identifying note on a similar photo in the Nichols Collection. Another person is slightly visible in the passenger seat. Tents are visible behind the car with forest beyond.
Image shows two men, identified asLouis Odsather and "Nick" Nichols, standing in the water of Cottonwood Creek, each holding a long-handled dip net with a salmon in it. Lilly pad plants are seen in foreground with meadow vegetation and trees on the far side of the creek.
Image shows two men, identified as Louis Odsather and Mac McHenry, dip netting at Cottonwood Creek. Louis Odsather is standing in the water of Cottonwood Creek in his shorts holding up a salmon in one hand and supporting a pole-and-chicken-wire dip net with a salmon in it. "Mac" McHenry is seated on the stream bank with one hand supporting the dip net basket. Lilly pad plants and logs are seen in foreground with meadow vegetation and trees on the far side of the creek.
Image shows two men, identified as Nick Nichols and Mac McHenry, Dip netting in Cottonwood Creek. "Nick" Nichols is standing in the water of Cottonwood Creek in his shorts holding up a salmon in one hand and supporting a pole-and-chicken-wire dip net with a salmon in it. "Mac" McHenry is seated on the stream bank with one hand supporting the dip net basket. Lilly pad plants and logs are seen in foreground with meadow vegetation and trees on the far side of the creek.
Image shows three men, identified as "Mac" McHenry, "Nick" Nichols and Louis Odsather, standing behind a wooden rail from which hang three strings of salmon. Directly behind them can be seen a cleaning table and Cottonwood Creek, with meadow vegetation and trees behind.
Image shows four people standing on the bank of Cottonwood Creek facing the camera and one man seated facing away. Standing on the left is Louis Odsather holding a string of Salmon. Next is a young native girl identified as Myrtle McNeil. Next is "Mac" McHenry holding a string of salmon, and to his left is an unidentified older native woman. A native man sits on a wooden keg at the right of the photo. A fish cleaning table and wooden pole racks are nearby. Cottonwood Creek is evident behind the people with meadow vegetation and trees on the far side of the creek and mountains in the far background.
Image shows the end view of a large two story wooden building with peaked roof and smaller shed roofed building adjacent. A bus is parked adjacent to the large building. Mountains are evident in the near background.
Image depicts a young girl in a white dress hand feeding a small black bear cub. Bear is tethered by a chain and collar. Girl is identified as Deana Reitan, daughter of Bernard & Alice Reitan, Matanuska Colonists from Wisconsin.
Image shows a power shovel excavating gravel from within a gravel pit. An empty dump truck is parked next to the shovel. A man stands next to the power shovel and another man can be seen in the cab operating the machine. Sand and gravel seams are visible in the pit bank behind the equipment and forest trees are beyond the pit. Hewitt's inscription is visible on the front of the image.
Image shows two men, identified from left as "Mac" McHenry and Louis Odsather, standing in front of Mac's homestead cabin. Mac's homestead was south of Wasilla in vicinity of Fairview Loop.  Louis Odsather was Trading Post manager for the ARRC.
Image shows a man, identified as homesteader Ty Wilson, standing by his well. His log cabin is behind him with trees beyond. A small dog is nearby. Wilson's homestead was on Fairview Loop south of Wasilla.
Image shows a man and two women, identified from left as Myrtle McNeil, Earl (Mac) McHenry, and Ann Wilson. They are standing in front of the Wilson homestead cabin. The women hold jars of preserves. A rain trough and water barrel are visible by the front door. The Wilson and McHenry homesteads were located nearby in the Fairview area south of Wasilla.
Image shows four men and a woman, identified from left as Louis Odsather, Mac McHenry, Nick Nichols, Ty Wilson, and Ann Wilson. They are standing in front of Wilson's homestead cabin.
Image shows a four-door sedan parked on the gravel roadside with two men standing nearby. The new bridge over Knik River is prominent behind them. A portion of Bodenburg Butte is visible in the background.
Image shows a man, identified as Norbert Nathe, sitting in a fancy wood chair and turning the handle of an ice cream churn while two children, identified as Lloyd Puhl holding a broom, and Ray Puhl looking on and assisting. They are at the front of the Puhl's house. A tent is visible in background.
Image shows two men, identified from left as "Mac" McHenry and Louis Odsather, standing at a rail fence looking over Mac's homestead grain field. A wood Plank Gate is at right. Beyond the field is unbroken forest.
Image shows four men, identified from left as Jimmy McCann, Louis Odsather, Skip Cowden and unidentified. Three are sitting on wooden boxes and one lies on the ground while Odsather is playing an accordion. Tents are visible in background.
Image is of a woman in nurses' attire, identified as Mary Bagoy, the Palmer hospital isolation nurse. She is standing in the doorway of what is likely the hospital isolation facility.
Image is a north view of Palmer main street with people on the street front. Identified is "Koslosky's General Store", "Toyland" and Horton's buildings. A gas pump is visible in front of Koslosky's. Children's sleds are visible as is a bicycle.
Image shows a group of young men and women associated with supporting the Matanuska Colony Project. Most were employees of the Alaska Rural Rehabilitation Corporation (ARRC) which managed the project.  The occasion was a party at the Nichols' house.
Image shows a group of young men and women gathered and relaxing in one of the tents associated with the Matanuska Colony Project. Most were employees of the Alaska Rural Rehabilitation Corporation (ARRC) which managed the project.
Image shows the southeast view of the community Powerhouse, exterior construction complete with smokestack installed. The railroad depot under construction is visible beyond, as are tents across the tracks. The southwest corner of the warehouse is visible.
Image is of a young woman, identified as Grace Bagoy of Anchorage, sitting on the bumper of an unidentified make of automobile. A water body is visible in background with a small open boat on the shore next to a building that appears to be a smokehouse. Contemporary photos in the collection support the assumption that this photo was made on a group outing to the Goose Bay area.
Image shows two men, Louis Odsather on left, the other identified only as Phil, hold vegetables likely destined for sale at the Commissary. Colony equipment and supplies are piled behind the men.
Image shows a group of young children and a woman assembled on steps up to the doorway of a railroad car. This is a class of students and their teacher attending school in the temporary facility of the rail car while the permanent Palmer school building was being built.
Image shows a group of young children and two women assembled on steps up to the doorway of a railroad car. This is a class of students and their teachers attending school in the temporary facility of the rail car while permanent Palmer school building was being built.
Image shows a group of young children and two women assembled on steps up to the doorway of a railroad car. This is a class of students and their teachers attending school in the temporary facility of the rail car while the permanent Palmer school building was being built. A typical colony tent is visible in background.
Image shows a man, identified as Ronald Pasco, railroad freight agent for Palmer, in the Railroad freight office in Palmer.
Image shows a woman and man, identified as Mrs, Fross and Ronald Pasco, in the Railroad freight office in Palmer.
Image shows the west side of the building that initially housed the craft shop, barber and beauty shop, and the shoe repair shop, with exterior construction near completion. A man working in one doorway is visible. The shop spaces would go on to house other functions over the years.
Image shows lumber stacked alongside both sides of a street with rail cars behind stacks to the right. A power pole supports power lines paralleling the rail cars. Tents are visible in near background with mountains beyond.
Image is a view from atop a railroad car looking along the train at several empty flatcars with unloaded lumber stacked alongside. Several trucks and men are visible on the street parallel to the lumber stacks preparing to load and haul the lumber away. A vacant set of railroad tracks is on the left. Power poles and lines are evident along the street. Tents and other buildings are visible in middle ground to the right.
Image is an easterly view including many rolls of wire and steel barrels stacked in the foreground, stacks of lumber behind with two men visible moving boards. Heavy forest is beyond with mountains in the background.
Image is a low oblique view looking across a yard containing various farm equipment, horses and people with a line of railroad boxcars behind. Numerous tents and tarp-covered crates are evident. Heavy forest forms the backdrop with a mountain beyond.
Image is a low oblique view looking across a yard containing various farm equipment and supplies. Several men are visible and various small buildings. Heavy forest forms the backdrop with a mountain beyond.
Image shows Powerhouse basement form framing in the foreground and the Trading Post building with framing largely complete in the background. A saw shed is visible in front of the Trading post and construction materials are scattered about. Trees form the backdrop behind the Trading Post.
Image shows the north side of the new Trading Post building under construction with framing largely in place. Piles of dirt are in foreground, trees behind the building.
Image shows the north side of the new Trading Post building with exterior construction largely complete. A saw shed with a man working in it is seen in front of the building. Lumber and other building materials are nearby. Soft ground is in foreground, trees beyond.
Image shows two open rail freight cars on one set of tracks with a train engine on tracks behind the cars. Location is at the Palmer siding, the empty cars having delivered material to the Matanuska Colony project. Lazy Mountains is visible in background.
Image shows six people, identified from left as Bill Odsather, Norbert Nathe, Joseph Puhl, Blanch Puhl, Lloyd Puhl, and Ray Puhl, standing in front of the Puhl Colony home. The house is of logs with their ends painted white. A pickup truck is visible in background.
Image shows a group of young men and women in the basement of the Colony "Dorm" enjoying a meal including waffles and coffee.
Image shows a group of young men and women in the basement of the Colony "Dorm" enjoying a meal including waffles and coffee. Most of the people were ARRC employees.
Image shows two men, identified as Thorvald (Smoky) Ohnstead on the left and Johnnie Long on the right, cutting firewood with a stationary buzz saw. Logs to be cut are stacked on the right. They are holding a log in the cradle, pushing it into the circular saw blade at left. The belt turning the blade is visible at the far left.
Image shows the McKeen Motorized Rail Car, locally called the "Brill Car" or "Brill Train", on the Palmer siding. Ron Pasco, station freight agent, stands in front and another man stands in the car's doorway. This car ran daily between Palmer and Anchorage for several years, hauling passengers and freight.
Title

"Brill Car" 2

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Motorized Rail Car

Description

Image shows the McKeen Motorized Rail Car, locally called the "Brill Car" or "Brill Train", on the Palmer siding. Ron Pasco, station freight agent, stands in front and another man stands in the car's doorway. This car ran daily between Palmer and Anchorage for several years, hauling passengers and freight.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a collection of large buildings in a summer alpine setting, identified as the "Lucky Shot" Gold Mine, with mountains in background. An ARRC bus is in foreground with people standing in front and others visible inside.
Title

"Lucky Shot" Mine

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Mine

Description

Image shows a collection of large buildings in a summer alpine setting, identified as the "Lucky Shot" Gold Mine, with mountains in background. An ARRC bus is in foreground with people standing in front and others visible inside.

Location

Hatcher Pass Area, Talkeetna Mountains, Alaska

Image shows a building in a summer setting, identified as part of the "Lucky Shot" Gold Mine, with a large collection of steel barrels and lumber in the foreground, wires and an aerial tram car overhead, and mountains in background.
Title

"Lucky Shot" Mine Aerial Tram

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Mine

Description

Image shows a building in a summer setting, identified as part of the "Lucky Shot" Gold Mine, with a large collection of steel barrels and lumber in the foreground, wires and an aerial tram car overhead, and mountains in background.

Location

Hatcher Pass Area, Talkeetna Mountains, Alaska

Image shows a collection of buildings in an alpine setting, identified as the "Lucky Shot" Gold Mine, with power poles, electric lines, and a roadway in the foreground. Alpine vegetation is visible in foreground and rounded mountains in background.
Title

"Lucky Shot" Mine Alpine View

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Mine

Description

Image shows a collection of buildings in an alpine setting, identified as the "Lucky Shot" Gold Mine, with power poles, electric lines, and a roadway in the foreground. Alpine vegetation is visible in foreground and rounded mountains in background.

Location

Hatcher Pass Area, Talkeetna Mountains, Alaska

Image shows a rugged mountainside with large tailing piles spilling down and buildings, covered stairways and tramways adjacent. Identified as the "Lucky Shot" Gold Mine, (Upper Lucky Shot above and Lower Lucky Shot below). A wooden tower and power poles are visible, and alpine vegetation is in foreground.
Title

"Lucky Shot" Mine Buildings

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Mine

Description

Image shows a rugged mountainside with large tailing piles spilling down and buildings, covered stairways and tramways adjacent. Identified as the "Lucky Shot" Gold Mine, (Upper Lucky Shot above and Lower Lucky Shot below). A wooden tower and power poles are visible, and alpine vegetation is in foreground.

Location

Hatcher Pass Area, Talkeetna Mountains, Alaska

Image shows a collection of buildings in a summer alpine setting, identified as the "Lucky Shot" Gold Mine, with mountains in background.
Title

"Lucky Shot" Mine Buildings 2

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Mine

Description

Image shows a collection of buildings in a summer alpine setting, identified as the "Lucky Shot" Gold Mine, with mountains in background.

Location

Hatcher Pass Area, Talkeetna Mountains, Alaska

Image shows a collection of buildings in an alpine setting, identified as the "Lucky Shot" Gold Mine, with mountains in background. A bus (probably an ARRC bus) and an automobile are visible near the buildings.
Title

"Lucky Shot" Mine Buildings 3

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Mine

Description

Image shows a collection of buildings in an alpine setting, identified as the "Lucky Shot" Gold Mine, with mountains in background. A bus (probably an ARRC bus) and an automobile are visible near the buildings.

Location

Hatcher Pass Area, Talkeetna Mountains, Alaska

Image shows an alpine valley a with a rugged mountainside and large tailing piles spilling down its side. Buildings are visible above the tailings and in the valley below. Identified as the "Lucky Shot" Gold Mine, (Upper Lucky Shot above and Lower Lucky Shot below). Alpine vegetation is in foreground.
Title

"Lucky Shot" Mine from a Distance

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Mine

Description

Image shows an alpine valley a with a rugged mountainside and large tailing piles spilling down its side. Buildings are visible above the tailings and in the valley below. Identified as the "Lucky Shot" Gold Mine, (Upper Lucky Shot above and Lower Lucky Shot below). Alpine vegetation is in foreground.

Location

Hatcher Pass Area, Talkeetna Mountains, Alaska

Image shows an ARRC Bus parked with open door at the Independence Gold Mine, partial buildings are visible behind the bus. Mountains are in background.
Title

ARRC Bus at Independence Mine

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Bus, Automobile

Description

Image shows an ARRC Bus parked with open door at the Independence Gold Mine, partial buildings are visible behind the bus. Mountains are in background.

Location

Independence Mine in Talkeetna Mountains north of Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a group of Alaska Road Commission dump trucks on what was then called the "Werner Cut-off" road (now the Palmer-Fishhook Road). Location is at Colonist Camp #5 per notes on a similar photo in the Nichols Collection.
Title

Alaska Road Commission Trucks

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Automobiles

Description

Image shows a group of Alaska Road Commission dump trucks on what was then called the "Werner Cut-off" road (now the Palmer-Fishhook Road). Location is at Colonist Camp #5 per notes on a similar photo in the Nichols Collection.

Location

On Palmer-Fishhook Road North of Palmer, Alaska

Image shows men approaching an ARRC bus. The bus door is open, driver and other riders are visible inside. A tent is partially visible beyond.  Since private vehicles were scarce in early days of the colony, the Corporation busses offered a way for people to travel between camps and home sites as they, and the roads, developed.
Title

Boarding the ARRC Bus

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Bus

Description

Image shows men approaching an ARRC bus. The bus door is open, driver and other riders are visible inside. A tent is partially visible beyond. Since private vehicles were scarce in early days of the colony, the Corporation busses offered a way for people to travel between camps and home sites as they, and the roads, developed.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows four men, identified from left as, unidentified, Norbert Nathe, Louis Odsather, and Cliff Lillethun, playing cards at a table covered with an Indian blanket. The men were employees of the ARRC. The home is identified as that of "Nick" and Fran Nichols in Palmer, also ARRC employees.
Title

Card Game 1

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Four Men Playing Cards

Description

Image shows four men, identified from left as, unidentified, Norbert Nathe, Louis Odsather, and Cliff Lillethun, playing cards at a table covered with an Indian blanket. The men were employees of the ARRC. The home is identified as that of "Nick" and Fran Nichols in Palmer, also ARRC employees.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a man squatting beside the rear wheel of an old car while three young men look on. Two of the men lean on a wood beam as a lever to raise the car so the tire can be changed. A spare tire is attached to the back of the car. Part of a wooden building and two tents and another small building are visible behind the car with trees beyond. The man in the light sweater is identified as Louis Odsather.
Title

Changing a Flat Tire

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Changing a Flat Car Tire

Description

Image shows a man squatting beside the rear wheel of an old car while three young men look on. Two of the men lean on a wood beam as a lever to raise the car so the tire can be changed. A spare tire is attached to the back of the car. Part of a wooden building and two tents and another small building are visible behind the car with trees beyond. The man in the light sweater is identified as Louis Odsather.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows the large garage building in middle ground with an automobile parked in front of one of the bay doors. In foreground are two automobiles on soft ground, on with a rear wheel missing. Powerhouse smokestack producing smoke is in middle ground as is the roof of the warehouse. Lazy Mountain is seen in the far background.
Title

Co-op Garage

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Community Center Garage & Automobiles, Building

Description

Image shows the large garage building in middle ground with an automobile parked in front of one of the bay doors. In foreground are two automobiles on soft ground, on with a rear wheel missing. Powerhouse smokestack producing smoke is in middle ground as is the roof of the warehouse. Lazy Mountain is seen in the far background.

Location

Community Center, Palmer, Alaska

Image is a view from atop a rail car and shows a group of men standing in the street, with their waiting trucks, as cows descend a chute from a railroad car. Three trucks with stock racks are in view, as is a pickup truck. Railroad depot buildings, the Post Office and a log storage building are visible beyond.
Title

Colonist's Cows Arrive 1

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Unloading Cows from the Train

Description

Image is a view from atop a rail car and shows a group of men standing in the street, with their waiting trucks, as cows descend a chute from a railroad car. Three trucks with stock racks are in view, as is a pickup truck. Railroad depot buildings, the Post Office and a log storage building are visible beyond.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is a view from atop a rail car and shows a group of men standing in the street with their trucks, waiting for cows to descend a chute from a railroad car. Two trucks with stock racks are in view, as is a pickup truck. A two-horse team and wagon are across the street, as is one cow and a boy with a bicycle. The Post Office and a log storage building are visible beyond with a clearing and forest in background.
Title

Colonist's Cows Arrive 2

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Unloading Cows from the Train

Description

Image is a view from atop a rail car and shows a group of men standing in the street with their trucks, waiting for cows to descend a chute from a railroad car. Two trucks with stock racks are in view, as is a pickup truck. A two-horse team and wagon are across the street, as is one cow and a boy with a bicycle. The Post Office and a log storage building are visible beyond with a clearing and forest in background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a group of children gathered around a game of marbles in the dirt street between Colony tents. Another child stands at the entry to one of the tents. A rail car is visible on the tracks in the background with forest beyond, This appears to be in the original "Tent City" or Camp #1 in Palmer.
Title

Colony Kids 1

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

People

Description

Image shows a group of children gathered around a game of marbles in the dirt street between Colony tents. Another child stands at the entry to one of the tents. A rail car is visible on the tracks in the background with forest beyond, This appears to be in the original "Tent City" or Camp #1 in Palmer.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows railroad tracks leading to the northwest aspects of the Powerhouse and the Warehouse. A fuel tank stands next to the tracks. Lumber, poles and gravel are piled on the right-of-way. Trees frame the clearing and mountains are visible in background.
Title

Colony Warehouse & Powerhouse

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Building, Railroad Tracks

Description

Image shows railroad tracks leading to the northwest aspects of the Powerhouse and the Warehouse. A fuel tank stands next to the tracks. Lumber, poles and gravel are piled on the right-of-way. Trees frame the clearing and mountains are visible in background.

Location

Community Center, Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a man, identified as Bill Curtis, standing beside what is identified as the delivery truck for the Colony Commissary. An unidentified woman looks through the far window of the truck. Another woman is seen walking away to the right. The truck is parked in front of the Commissary building in Palmer.
Title

Commissary Delivery Truck Driver

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Commissary Truck & Driver

Description

Image shows a man, identified as Bill Curtis, standing beside what is identified as the delivery truck for the Colony Commissary. An unidentified woman looks through the far window of the truck. Another woman is seen walking away to the right. The truck is parked in front of the Commissary building in Palmer.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows four men, identified from left as Harry Fredrickson, Willie (Bill) Odsather, and Louis Odsather. The men were employees of the Alaska Rural Rehabilitation Corporation which managed the Matanuska Colony Project. They are standing in front of a train engine and parked trucks, probably in Palmer.
Title

Corporation Men

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Men

Description

Image shows four men, identified from left as Harry Fredrickson, Willie (Bill) Odsather, and Louis Odsather. The men were employees of the Alaska Rural Rehabilitation Corporation which managed the Matanuska Colony Project. They are standing in front of a train engine and parked trucks, probably in Palmer.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows three men at the dinner table with the Colonist Reitan family, presumably in the Reitan home. Individuals are identified from left as Bill odsather, Alice Reitan, Reitan Daughter, Bernard Reitan, Deana Reitan, Louis Odsather, unidentified.
Title

Dinner with the Reitans

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Colonist Family Dinner

Description

Image shows three men at the dinner table with the Colonist Reitan family, presumably in the Reitan home. Individuals are identified from left as Bill odsather, Alice Reitan, Reitan Daughter, Bernard Reitan, Deana Reitan, Louis Odsather, unidentified.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image shows a four-door sedan with a male driver visible. The driver is identified as Eugene Carr, ARRC Supply Purchasing Agent, per identifying note on a similar photo in the Nichols Collection. Another person is slightly visible in the passenger seat. Tents are visible behind the car with forest beyond.
Title

Eugene Carr's Car

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Automobile, People

Description

Image shows a four-door sedan with a male driver visible. The driver is identified as Eugene Carr, ARRC Supply Purchasing Agent, per identifying note on a similar photo in the Nichols Collection. Another person is slightly visible in the passenger seat. Tents are visible behind the car with forest beyond.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows two men, identified asLouis Odsather and "Nick" Nichols, standing in the water of Cottonwood Creek, each holding a long-handled dip net with a salmon in it. Lilly pad plants are seen in foreground with meadow vegetation and trees on the far side of the creek.
Title

Fishermen 1

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Fishing

Description

Image shows two men, identified asLouis Odsather and "Nick" Nichols, standing in the water of Cottonwood Creek, each holding a long-handled dip net with a salmon in it. Lilly pad plants are seen in foreground with meadow vegetation and trees on the far side of the creek.

Location

Cottonwood Creek, Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image shows two men, identified as Louis Odsather and Mac McHenry, dip netting at Cottonwood Creek. Louis Odsather is standing in the water of Cottonwood Creek in his shorts holding up a salmon in one hand and supporting a pole-and-chicken-wire dip net with a salmon in it. "Mac" McHenry is seated on the stream bank with one hand supporting the dip net basket. Lilly pad plants and logs are seen in foreground with meadow vegetation and trees on the far side of the creek.
Title

Fishermen 2

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Fishing

Description

Image shows two men, identified as Louis Odsather and Mac McHenry, dip netting at Cottonwood Creek. Louis Odsather is standing in the water of Cottonwood Creek in his shorts holding up a salmon in one hand and supporting a pole-and-chicken-wire dip net with a salmon in it. "Mac" McHenry is seated on the stream bank with one hand supporting the dip net basket. Lilly pad plants and logs are seen in foreground with meadow vegetation and trees on the far side of the creek.

Location

Cottonwood Creek, Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image shows two men, identified as Nick Nichols and Mac McHenry, Dip netting in Cottonwood Creek. "Nick" Nichols is standing in the water of Cottonwood Creek in his shorts holding up a salmon in one hand and supporting a pole-and-chicken-wire dip net with a salmon in it. "Mac" McHenry is seated on the stream bank with one hand supporting the dip net basket. Lilly pad plants and logs are seen in foreground with meadow vegetation and trees on the far side of the creek.
Title

Fishermen 3

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Fishing

Description

Image shows two men, identified as Nick Nichols and Mac McHenry, Dip netting in Cottonwood Creek. "Nick" Nichols is standing in the water of Cottonwood Creek in his shorts holding up a salmon in one hand and supporting a pole-and-chicken-wire dip net with a salmon in it. "Mac" McHenry is seated on the stream bank with one hand supporting the dip net basket. Lilly pad plants and logs are seen in foreground with meadow vegetation and trees on the far side of the creek.

Location

Cottonwood Creek, Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image shows three men, identified as "Mac" McHenry, "Nick" Nichols and Louis Odsather, standing behind a wooden rail from which hang three strings of salmon. Directly behind them can be seen a cleaning table and Cottonwood Creek, with meadow vegetation and trees behind.
Title

Fishermen 4

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Fishing

Description

Image shows three men, identified as "Mac" McHenry, "Nick" Nichols and Louis Odsather, standing behind a wooden rail from which hang three strings of salmon. Directly behind them can be seen a cleaning table and Cottonwood Creek, with meadow vegetation and trees behind.

Location

Cottonwood Creek, Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image shows four people standing on the bank of Cottonwood Creek facing the camera and one man seated facing away. Standing on the left is Louis Odsather holding a string of Salmon. Next is a young native girl identified as Myrtle McNeil. Next is "Mac" McHenry holding a string of salmon, and to his left is an unidentified older native woman. A native man sits on a wooden keg at the right of the photo. A fish cleaning table and wooden pole racks are nearby. Cottonwood Creek is evident behind the people with meadow vegetation and trees on the far side of the creek and mountains in the far background.
Title

Fishermen 5

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Fishing

Description

Image shows four people standing on the bank of Cottonwood Creek facing the camera and one man seated facing away. Standing on the left is Louis Odsather holding a string of Salmon. Next is a young native girl identified as Myrtle McNeil. Next is "Mac" McHenry holding a string of salmon, and to his left is an unidentified older native woman. A native man sits on a wooden keg at the right of the photo. A fish cleaning table and wooden pole racks are nearby. Cottonwood Creek is evident behind the people with meadow vegetation and trees on the far side of the creek and mountains in the far background.

Location

Cottonwood Creek, Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image shows the end view of a large two story wooden building with peaked roof and smaller shed roofed building adjacent. A bus is parked adjacent to the large building. Mountains are evident in the near background.
Title

Fishhook Inn 1

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Fishhook Inn

Description

Image shows the end view of a large two story wooden building with peaked roof and smaller shed roofed building adjacent. A bus is parked adjacent to the large building. Mountains are evident in the near background.

Location

On Fishhook Road in Hatcher Pass area of Talkeetna Mountains north of Palmer, Alaska

Image depicts a young girl in a white dress hand feeding a small black bear cub. Bear is tethered by a chain and collar. Girl is identified as Deana Reitan, daughter of Bernard & Alice Reitan, Matanuska Colonists from Wisconsin.
Title

Girl & Pet Bear

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

A girl feeding her pet black bear cub

Description

Image depicts a young girl in a white dress hand feeding a small black bear cub. Bear is tethered by a chain and collar. Girl is identified as Deana Reitan, daughter of Bernard & Alice Reitan, Matanuska Colonists from Wisconsin.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a power shovel excavating gravel from within a gravel pit. An empty dump truck is parked next to the shovel. A man stands next to the power shovel and another man can be seen in the cab operating the machine. Sand and gravel seams are visible in the pit bank behind the equipment and forest trees are beyond the pit. Hewitt's inscription is visible on the front of the image.
Title

Gravel Excavation Equipment

Creator

Hewitt's Photo Shop, Anchorage, Alaska

Subject

Automobiles

Description

Image shows a power shovel excavating gravel from within a gravel pit. An empty dump truck is parked next to the shovel. A man stands next to the power shovel and another man can be seen in the cab operating the machine. Sand and gravel seams are visible in the pit bank behind the equipment and forest trees are beyond the pit. Hewitt's inscription is visible on the front of the image.

Location

Matanuska Valley near Palmer, Alaska

Image shows two men, identified from left as "Mac" McHenry and Louis Odsather, standing in front of Mac's homestead cabin. Mac's homestead was south of Wasilla in vicinity of Fairview Loop.  Louis Odsather was Trading Post manager for the ARRC.
Title

Homesteader and visitor

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Homesteader

Description

Image shows two men, identified from left as "Mac" McHenry and Louis Odsather, standing in front of Mac's homestead cabin. Mac's homestead was south of Wasilla in vicinity of Fairview Loop. Louis Odsather was Trading Post manager for the ARRC.

Location

Near Wasilla, Alaska

Image shows a man, identified as homesteader Ty Wilson, standing by his well. His log cabin is behind him with trees beyond. A small dog is nearby. Wilson's homestead was on Fairview Loop south of Wasilla.
Title

Homesteader at His Well

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Ty Wilson, Homesteader

Description

Image shows a man, identified as homesteader Ty Wilson, standing by his well. His log cabin is behind him with trees beyond. A small dog is nearby. Wilson's homestead was on Fairview Loop south of Wasilla.

Location

Fairview Loop Road near Wasilla, Alaska

Image shows a man and two women, identified from left as Myrtle McNeil, Earl (Mac) McHenry, and Ann Wilson. They are standing in front of the Wilson homestead cabin. The women hold jars of preserves. A rain trough and water barrel are visible by the front door. The Wilson and McHenry homesteads were located nearby in the Fairview area south of Wasilla.
Title

Homesteaders 1

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Three People and Homestead Cabin

Description

Image shows a man and two women, identified from left as Myrtle McNeil, Earl (Mac) McHenry, and Ann Wilson. They are standing in front of the Wilson homestead cabin. The women hold jars of preserves. A rain trough and water barrel are visible by the front door. The Wilson and McHenry homesteads were located nearby in the Fairview area south of Wasilla.

Location

South of Wasilla, Alaska

Image shows four men and a woman, identified from left as Louis Odsather, Mac McHenry, Nick Nichols, Ty Wilson, and Ann Wilson. They are standing in front of Wilson's homestead cabin.
Title

Homesteaders and visitors 55

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

People by a Cabin

Description

Image shows four men and a woman, identified from left as Louis Odsather, Mac McHenry, Nick Nichols, Ty Wilson, and Ann Wilson. They are standing in front of Wilson's homestead cabin.

Location

On Fairview Loop South of Wasilla, Alaska

Image shows a four-door sedan parked on the gravel roadside with two men standing nearby. The new bridge over Knik River is prominent behind them. A portion of Bodenburg Butte is visible in the background.
Title

Knik River Bridge

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Automobile and People at Kink River Bridge

Description

Image shows a four-door sedan parked on the gravel roadside with two men standing nearby. The new bridge over Knik River is prominent behind them. A portion of Bodenburg Butte is visible in the background.

Location

Knik River near Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a man, identified as Norbert Nathe, sitting in a fancy wood chair and turning the handle of an ice cream churn while two children, identified as Lloyd Puhl holding a broom, and Ray Puhl looking on and assisting. They are at the front of the Puhl's house. A tent is visible in background.
Title

Making Ice Cream at the Puhl Home

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

People

Description

Image shows a man, identified as Norbert Nathe, sitting in a fancy wood chair and turning the handle of an ice cream churn while two children, identified as Lloyd Puhl holding a broom, and Ray Puhl looking on and assisting. They are at the front of the Puhl's house. A tent is visible in background.

Location

Tract #99 North of Palmer, Alaska

Image shows two men, identified from left as "Mac" McHenry and Louis Odsather, standing at a rail fence looking over Mac's homestead grain field. A wood Plank Gate is at right. Beyond the field is unbroken forest.
Title

McHenry's Homestead

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Two Men at a Homestead Fence

Description

Image shows two men, identified from left as "Mac" McHenry and Louis Odsather, standing at a rail fence looking over Mac's homestead grain field. A wood Plank Gate is at right. Beyond the field is unbroken forest.

Location

South of Wasilla, Alaska

Image shows four men, identified from left as Jimmy McCann, Louis Odsather, Skip Cowden and unidentified. Three are sitting on wooden boxes and one lies on the ground while Odsather is playing an accordion. Tents are visible in background.
Title

Music Time

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Four Men and an Accordion

Description

Image shows four men, identified from left as Jimmy McCann, Louis Odsather, Skip Cowden and unidentified. Three are sitting on wooden boxes and one lies on the ground while Odsather is playing an accordion. Tents are visible in background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is of a woman in nurses' attire, identified as Mary Bagoy, the Palmer hospital isolation nurse. She is standing in the doorway of what is likely the hospital isolation facility.
Title

Nurse 1

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Nurse

Description

Image is of a woman in nurses' attire, identified as Mary Bagoy, the Palmer hospital isolation nurse. She is standing in the doorway of what is likely the hospital isolation facility.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is a north view of Palmer main street with people on the street front. Identified is "Koslosky's General Store", "Toyland" and Horton's buildings. A gas pump is visible in front of Koslosky's. Children's sleds are visible as is a bicycle.
Title

Palmer Street 1

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Buildings

Description

Image is a north view of Palmer main street with people on the street front. Identified is "Koslosky's General Store", "Toyland" and Horton's buildings. A gas pump is visible in front of Koslosky's. Children's sleds are visible as is a bicycle.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a group of young men and women associated with supporting the Matanuska Colony Project. Most were employees of the Alaska Rural Rehabilitation Corporation (ARRC) which managed the project.  The occasion was a party at the Nichols' house.
Title

People 1

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

People

Description

Image shows a group of young men and women associated with supporting the Matanuska Colony Project. Most were employees of the Alaska Rural Rehabilitation Corporation (ARRC) which managed the project. The occasion was a party at the Nichols' house.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a group of young men and women gathered and relaxing in one of the tents associated with the Matanuska Colony Project. Most were employees of the Alaska Rural Rehabilitation Corporation (ARRC) which managed the project.
Title

People 18

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

People

Description

Image shows a group of young men and women gathered and relaxing in one of the tents associated with the Matanuska Colony Project. Most were employees of the Alaska Rural Rehabilitation Corporation (ARRC) which managed the project.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows the southeast view of the community Powerhouse, exterior construction complete with smokestack installed. The railroad depot under construction is visible beyond, as are tents across the tracks. The southwest corner of the warehouse is visible.
Title

Powerhouse 2

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Building

Description

Image shows the southeast view of the community Powerhouse, exterior construction complete with smokestack installed. The railroad depot under construction is visible beyond, as are tents across the tracks. The southwest corner of the warehouse is visible.

Location

Community Center, Palmer, Alaska

Image is of a young woman, identified as Grace Bagoy of Anchorage, sitting on the bumper of an unidentified make of automobile. A water body is visible in background with a small open boat on the shore next to a building that appears to be a smokehouse. Contemporary photos in the collection support the assumption that this photo was made on a group outing to the Goose Bay area.
Title

Pretty Girl, Fancy Car

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Girl with Car

Description

Image is of a young woman, identified as Grace Bagoy of Anchorage, sitting on the bumper of an unidentified make of automobile. A water body is visible in background with a small open boat on the shore next to a building that appears to be a smokehouse. Contemporary photos in the collection support the assumption that this photo was made on a group outing to the Goose Bay area.

Location

Identified as probably Goose Bay of Cook Inlet, Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image shows two men, Louis Odsather on left, the other identified only as Phil, hold vegetables likely destined for sale at the Commissary. Colony equipment and supplies are piled behind the men.
Title

Produce for the Commissary

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Men Showing Produce

Description

Image shows two men, Louis Odsather on left, the other identified only as Phil, hold vegetables likely destined for sale at the Commissary. Colony equipment and supplies are piled behind the men.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a group of young children and a woman assembled on steps up to the doorway of a railroad car. This is a class of students and their teacher attending school in the temporary facility of the rail car while the permanent Palmer school building was being built.
Title

Rail Car School 1

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

School Children

Description

Image shows a group of young children and a woman assembled on steps up to the doorway of a railroad car. This is a class of students and their teacher attending school in the temporary facility of the rail car while the permanent Palmer school building was being built.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a group of young children and two women assembled on steps up to the doorway of a railroad car. This is a class of students and their teachers attending school in the temporary facility of the rail car while permanent Palmer school building was being built.
Title

Rail Car School 2

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

School Children

Description

Image shows a group of young children and two women assembled on steps up to the doorway of a railroad car. This is a class of students and their teachers attending school in the temporary facility of the rail car while permanent Palmer school building was being built.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a group of young children and two women assembled on steps up to the doorway of a railroad car. This is a class of students and their teachers attending school in the temporary facility of the rail car while the permanent Palmer school building was being built. A typical colony tent is visible in background.
Title

Rail Car School 3

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

School Children

Description

Image shows a group of young children and two women assembled on steps up to the doorway of a railroad car. This is a class of students and their teachers attending school in the temporary facility of the rail car while the permanent Palmer school building was being built. A typical colony tent is visible in background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a man, identified as Ronald Pasco, railroad freight agent for Palmer, in the Railroad freight office in Palmer.
Title

Railroad Freight Office 1

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

People

Description

Image shows a man, identified as Ronald Pasco, railroad freight agent for Palmer, in the Railroad freight office in Palmer.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a woman and man, identified as Mrs, Fross and Ronald Pasco, in the Railroad freight office in Palmer.
Title

Railroad Freight Office 2

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

People

Description

Image shows a woman and man, identified as Mrs, Fross and Ronald Pasco, in the Railroad freight office in Palmer.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows the west side of the building that initially housed the craft shop, barber and beauty shop, and the shoe repair shop, with exterior construction near completion. A man working in one doorway is visible. The shop spaces would go on to house other functions over the years.
Title

Shop Building

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Building

Description

Image shows the west side of the building that initially housed the craft shop, barber and beauty shop, and the shoe repair shop, with exterior construction near completion. A man working in one doorway is visible. The shop spaces would go on to house other functions over the years.

Location

Community Center, Palmer, Alaska

Image shows lumber stacked alongside both sides of a street with rail cars behind stacks to the right. A power pole supports power lines paralleling the rail cars. Tents are visible in near background with mountains beyond.
Title

Supplies for the Colonists 1

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Supplies

Description

Image shows lumber stacked alongside both sides of a street with rail cars behind stacks to the right. A power pole supports power lines paralleling the rail cars. Tents are visible in near background with mountains beyond.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is a view from atop a railroad car looking along the train at several empty flatcars with unloaded lumber stacked alongside. Several trucks and men are visible on the street parallel to the lumber stacks preparing to load and haul the lumber away. A vacant set of railroad tracks is on the left. Power poles and lines are evident along the street. Tents and other buildings are visible in middle ground to the right.
Title

Supplies for the Colonists 2

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Supplies

Description

Image is a view from atop a railroad car looking along the train at several empty flatcars with unloaded lumber stacked alongside. Several trucks and men are visible on the street parallel to the lumber stacks preparing to load and haul the lumber away. A vacant set of railroad tracks is on the left. Power poles and lines are evident along the street. Tents and other buildings are visible in middle ground to the right.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is an easterly view including many rolls of wire and steel barrels stacked in the foreground, stacks of lumber behind with two men visible moving boards. Heavy forest is beyond with mountains in the background.
Title

Supplies for the Colonists 3

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Supplies

Description

Image is an easterly view including many rolls of wire and steel barrels stacked in the foreground, stacks of lumber behind with two men visible moving boards. Heavy forest is beyond with mountains in the background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is a low oblique view looking across a yard containing various farm equipment, horses and people with a line of railroad boxcars behind. Numerous tents and tarp-covered crates are evident. Heavy forest forms the backdrop with a mountain beyond.
Title

Supplies for the Colonists 4

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Supplies

Description

Image is a low oblique view looking across a yard containing various farm equipment, horses and people with a line of railroad boxcars behind. Numerous tents and tarp-covered crates are evident. Heavy forest forms the backdrop with a mountain beyond.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is a low oblique view looking across a yard containing various farm equipment and supplies. Several men are visible and various small buildings. Heavy forest forms the backdrop with a mountain beyond.
Title

Supplies for the Colonists 5

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Supplies

Description

Image is a low oblique view looking across a yard containing various farm equipment and supplies. Several men are visible and various small buildings. Heavy forest forms the backdrop with a mountain beyond.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows Powerhouse basement form framing in the foreground and the Trading Post building with framing largely complete in the background. A saw shed is visible in front of the Trading post and construction materials are scattered about. Trees form the backdrop behind the Trading Post.
Title

Trading Post & Powerhouse Construction

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Building

Description

Image shows Powerhouse basement form framing in the foreground and the Trading Post building with framing largely complete in the background. A saw shed is visible in front of the Trading post and construction materials are scattered about. Trees form the backdrop behind the Trading Post.

Location

Community Center, Palmer, Alaska

Image shows the north side of the new Trading Post building under construction with framing largely in place. Piles of dirt are in foreground, trees behind the building.
Title

Trading Post 1

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Building

Description

Image shows the north side of the new Trading Post building under construction with framing largely in place. Piles of dirt are in foreground, trees behind the building.

Location

Community Center, Palmer, Alaska

Image shows the north side of the new Trading Post building with exterior construction largely complete. A saw shed with a man working in it is seen in front of the building. Lumber and other building materials are nearby. Soft ground is in foreground, trees beyond.
Title

Trading Post 2

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Building

Description

Image shows the north side of the new Trading Post building with exterior construction largely complete. A saw shed with a man working in it is seen in front of the building. Lumber and other building materials are nearby. Soft ground is in foreground, trees beyond.

Location

Community Center, Palmer, Alaska

Image shows two open rail freight cars on one set of tracks with a train engine on tracks behind the cars. Location is at the Palmer siding, the empty cars having delivered material to the Matanuska Colony project. Lazy Mountains is visible in background.
Title

Train Engine & Freight Cars

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Railroad

Description

Image shows two open rail freight cars on one set of tracks with a train engine on tracks behind the cars. Location is at the Palmer siding, the empty cars having delivered material to the Matanuska Colony project. Lazy Mountains is visible in background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows six people, identified from left as Bill Odsather, Norbert Nathe, Joseph Puhl, Blanch Puhl, Lloyd Puhl, and Ray Puhl, standing in front of the Puhl Colony home. The house is of logs with their ends painted white. A pickup truck is visible in background.
Title

Visiting the Puhl's

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

People

Description

Image shows six people, identified from left as Bill Odsather, Norbert Nathe, Joseph Puhl, Blanch Puhl, Lloyd Puhl, and Ray Puhl, standing in front of the Puhl Colony home. The house is of logs with their ends painted white. A pickup truck is visible in background.

Location

Tract #99 North of Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a group of young men and women in the basement of the Colony "Dorm" enjoying a meal including waffles and coffee.
Title

Waffle Party 1

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

People

Description

Image shows a group of young men and women in the basement of the Colony "Dorm" enjoying a meal including waffles and coffee.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a group of young men and women in the basement of the Colony "Dorm" enjoying a meal including waffles and coffee. Most of the people were ARRC employees.
Title

Waffle Party 2

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

People

Description

Image shows a group of young men and women in the basement of the Colony "Dorm" enjoying a meal including waffles and coffee. Most of the people were ARRC employees.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows two men, identified as Thorvald (Smoky) Ohnstead on the left and Johnnie Long on the right, cutting firewood with a stationary buzz saw. Logs to be cut are stacked on the right. They are holding a log in the cradle, pushing it into the circular saw blade at left. The belt turning the blade is visible at the far left.
Title

Woodcutters

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Men

Description

Image shows two men, identified as Thorvald (Smoky) Ohnstead on the left and Johnnie Long on the right, cutting firewood with a stationary buzz saw. Logs to be cut are stacked on the right. They are holding a log in the cradle, pushing it into the circular saw blade at left. The belt turning the blade is visible at the far left.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

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