Title

4-H Club Float 2

Creator

Hewitts

Subject

Children riding in the back of a pick-up truck with a 4-H banner in the July 4th parade

Description

Image shows a group of children in the back of a pick-up truck. A banner on the side of the truck indicates it is a 4-H entry in the July 4th parade.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Bert’s Drug Fire

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Bert’s Drugstore on Fire

Description

Image shows a crowd of people in foreground facing a burning building, flames & smoke exit doors and windows while two men hose water on the flames.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Carnival 1

Creator

Unknown

Subject

“Miss Matanuska”, Virginia Berg, on a parade float at the Fairbanks Winter Carnival

Description

Image is of a parade float at the 1937 Fairbanks Winter Carnival. Children are walking in the foreground, several women are riding on the float, several automobiles are evident, flags are flying and the Fairview Hotel is identified. Miss Virginia Berg of Palmer is riding on the float as the “Miss Matanuska” entry in the festival Queen contest, seated in the center front.

Location

Fairbanks, Alaska

Title

Colonists Going Salmon Fishing

Creator

Unknown

Subject

People in a truck going to catch salmon for subsistence

Description

: Image shows a stake-bed truck with five people in back with barrels and tubs covered with white canvas on their way to gather salmon for the winter. People are unidentified. Forest forms the backdrop

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Dynamiting Stumps

Creator

Alaska Rural Rehabilitation Corporation

Subject

Three men are preparing to blow up a tree stump.

Description

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

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Fair 1

Creator

Joe Fournelle

Subject

Matanuska Valley Fair midway in 1952

Description

Photo is a color image of the 1952 Matanuska Valley Fair midway showing people, gaming tents, parts of Quonset Huts and a car. Mountains are in background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Fanny Werner at the Fair 2

Creator

Anchorage Daily Times newspaper

Subject

Fanny Werner and Theo Campbell judging pickles competition at the Fair

Description

Fanny Werner, at left, for many years a prize-winning entrant of home canning goods at the fair, and valley resident Theo Campbell, are sampling an entry as they judge the jams, jellies and pickles competition at the 1974 Alaska State Fair in Palmer.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

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

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

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

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

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

Title

Horton's Roadhouse Fire

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Smoke rising as Horton’s Roadhouse burned in 1946

Description

Image is a view across the Community Center quad, west toward the commercial center buildings of Palmer as a large column of smoke rises from Horton’s Roadhouse as it burned in 1946. Numerous people and vehicles are visible. Also destroyed besides Horton's Roadhouse, or apartments, were Horton's Cafe, the Frontier Bar and the Frontier Liquor Store.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

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

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

Title

Lazy Mt. Home Construction 1

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Men Unloading Concrete Blocks From a Truck

Description

Image shows several men unloading concrete blocks from a truck and stacking them on the ground. “Valley Concrete Products” is painted on the door of the truck. Heavy forest is at left and middle ground with Lazy Mountain in background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Palmer Street 15

Creator

Unknown

Subject

People gathered on Palmer main street during what appears to be 4th of July celebration 1938

Description

Image shows people gathered on the main commercial street of Palmer in what appears to be a 4th of July celebration in 1938. Koslosky’s first store is advertised and other buildings are prominent. Bunting is displayed and automobiles are parked on the street.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

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

Title

Stock Cars 1

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Labor Day stock car races at the Palmer fairgrounds , 1949

Description

Image is of five stock cars racing on the Palmer Fairgrounds race track, identified as a Labor Day event. Other automobiles and people are visible in middle ground with Palmer city buildings and Talkeetna Mountains beyond.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

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

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

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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