Title

Adam Werner 1

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Homesteader Adam Werner holding shocks of grain

Description

Image shows Homesteader Adam Werner standing in his field holding two shocks of grain. A pole with insulators attached stands beside him and a small log building is partially visible behind. Lazy mountain is in background.

Location

Matanuska Valley north of Palmer, Alaska

Title

Adam Werner 2

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Adam Werner at his first home site

Description

Image shows homesteader Adam Werner in his strawberry patch in front of his cabin located at its first location on his homestead “down the hill”. Cleared land surrounds the cabin with heavy forest beyond.

Location

Matanuska Valley north of Palmer, Alaska

Title

Adam Werner's First Cabin

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Werner’s First Cabin Site on His Homestead

Description

Image shows a wood slat fence in foreground, a strawberry patch, a log house, well, and two other log buildings in a large clearing with partly cleared forest on hills beyond. Note on the reverse: “Adams first house, 1914, when he homesteaded, where his cat could open the door. There were more small wild animals around then up until about 1925. He moved up here [to the present home location] because the wind blew to much down his chimney & snow drifty to much getting out to the road or trail he made. Eventually became a strawberry patch. Torn down 1931, some [logs and other material] brought up here.”

Location

Matanuska Valley near Palmer, Alaska

Title

Adam Werner’s Homestead 2

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Adam Werner’s Homestead

Description

Image shows a tilled field in foreground, a log house, barn, chicken house, fox pens, a hay stack and another small building in middle ground with heavy forest behind.

Location

Matanuska Valley north of Palmer, Alaska

Title

Cabbages 1

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Helen Stenvall holds two large cabbages grown by Max Sherrod of Palmer

Description

Image shows a woman, identified as Helen Stenvall, posing with two large cabbages grown by Max Sherrod of Palmer.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Cabbages 2

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Harold Sherrod holds one of Max Sherrod’s cabbages

Description

This is a summer color image of a man, identified as Harold Sherrod, holding one of the cabbages grown by his brother, Max Sherrod, at Palmer, Alaska. Max & Dorothy Sherrod’s house is behind.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Carrots Exposed

Creator

Tom Day, USDA Soil Conservation Service

Subject

Farming

Description

Image shows a winter scene of several carrots in foreground sticking up from the soil indicating wind eroded the soil from around them. A black hat is nest to the carrots for scale. A typical Colony barn is in background across a barren field. Patches of snow are evident in the background.Farm identified as that of Al Saxton.

Location

Two miles north of Palmer, Alaska

Title

Colony Farm 1

Creator

Hewitt's

Subject

Matanuska Colony Farm

Description

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

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Colony Farm 10

Creator

Thomas Kodagraph

Subject

Pippel Colony Farm

Description

Image is a late summer view of a colony barn, well house and house with heavy cottonwood and birch forest beyond. A field of vegetables is at right with evidence that some crops have been harvested. The front of a truck is visible next to the barn. A horse is lying on the ground at right foreground. The farmstead is identified as that of Colonists Walt and Melva Pippel on tract #106 near Palmer, Alaska.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Colony Farm 11

Creator

Brickley

Subject

Colony Farmstead

Description

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

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Colony Farm 13

Creator

Howard Doster, Army Photographer

Subject

Farm

Description

Image shows a Colony log house and typical Colony barn, a cow in foreground behind a barbed wire fence, two cars next to the house, trees and Pioneer Peak in background.

Location

Matanuska Valley South of Palmer, Alaska

Title

Colony Farm 14

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Matanuska Colony Farms

Description

Image is a low oblique showing a Matanuska Colony farmstead in foreground and another in middle ground, fields of shocked grain, and snow-capped Pioneer Peak in background.

Location

Matanuska Valley Near Bodenburg Butte

Title

Colony Farm 16

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Colony farm of Joe & Blanche Puhl

Description

Image is a late summer view of a Colony log home, a barn under construction, and harvested hay stacked on stakes to dry in foreground. Scattered birch and cottonwood trees are in foreground and middle ground with heavy forest as the backdrop.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Colony Farm 17

Creator

Howard Doster, Army Photographer

Subject

Matanuska Colony Farmstead

Description

Image is of a log house in the middle ground with a typical Colony barn partially visible behind. In foreground is a fence with a log arch and rails adjacent to a gravel road. Bodenburg Butte is visible in the background as is Pioneer Peak with adjacent clouds.

Location

On Springer Road System South of Palmer, Alaska

Title

Colony Farm 18

Creator

Thomas Kodagraph

Subject

A Colony farmstead house, barn and outbuildings with haystacks and fence in foreground

Description

Image is of a Colony farmstead showing the house, barn and outbuildings in middle ground with a fence and numerous haystacks in foreground. Birch and spruce forest forms the backdrop.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Colony Farm 19

Creator

Hewitts

Subject

Colony home and outbuildings of Walt & Melva Pippel

Description

Image is of Colonists Walt and Melva Pippel’s frame house and two outbuildings. Row crops are in foreground and beyond the buildings. A wood pile is apparent. A road is visible beyond the house, this being the Fishhook Road leading at left to Hatcher Pass and the gold mines. Beyond the road is a heavily forested ridge formed of wind-blown soil from the Matanuska River unseen just beyond. The Glenn Highway was later located on this ridge.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Colony Farm 2

Creator

Brickley

Subject

Dairy cows in a field of a Colony farm

Description

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

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Colony Farm 20

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Colony farm and fields of harvested grain in shocks at the base of Bodenburg Butte

Description

Image is a fall view across fields of harvested and shocked grain to a Colony farmstead, identified as belonging to Colonists Ingolf and Agnes Sandvik. Bodenbutg Butte rises prominently to the left and other mountains to the right.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Colony Farm 4

Creator

Associated Press photo, photographer unknown

Subject

Colony farmstead

Description

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

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Colony Farm 5

Creator

Tom Day, USDA Soil Conservation Service

Subject

Farm

Description

Image shows a wire fence in foreground, numerous high tree stumps with several cows intermingled in the middle ground. Two typical Colony barns and other buildings are beyond with Bodenburg Butte and other mountains and forest in background. Caption: "Cows in stump pasture. One of the steps in land clearing."

Location

Two Miles South of Palmer, Alaska

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

Title

Colony Farm 7

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Farms

Description

View is of a Colony farmstead, identified as that of Colonists Walter & Melva Pippel on tract #106. Open fields planted with various vegetables are prominent in foreground with the farmstead house and barn in middle ground. A touring car is prominent on the road passing through the property in the middle ground. Rooftops of the adjacent farmstead's barn and house are visible beyond. Trees border fields in middle and background with Talkeetna Mountains in far background.

Location

One mile north of Palmer, Alaska

Title

Colony Farms 1

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Air view of colony farms as forest clearing begins

Description

Image is an oblique aerial view of six Colony farmsteads in 1936 showing the buildings constructed to date, progress being made in clearing the dense forest in which they are located and land beginning to be tilled.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Digging Potatoes 1

Creator

Associated Press

Subject

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

Description

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

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Digging Potatoes 2

Creator

T.H. Day USDA Soil Conservation Service

Subject

Farming

Description

Image shows a man, identified as Max Sharrod, digging potatoes with his Ford tractor pulling a potato digger on his farm in north Palmer. Sharrod's house is visible behind two large cottonwood trees and a grain field is visible in middle ground. Trees, Talkeetna mountains and clouds are in the background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Experiment Farm 12

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Building Haystacks

Description

Image shows two men in a field of harvested hay in the foreground, lifting loose hay with pitchforks to place it over upright wooden stakes to form haystacks. A harvested grain field is just beyond with grain shocks evident. Fences, pasture land and trees are in far middle ground.

Location

Matanuska, Alaska

Title

Experiment Farm 14

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Hogs

Description

Image shows several Hampshire hogs and piglets in a stubble field with buildings of the Matanuska Agricultural Experiment Farm in far middle ground and forest beyond and mountains in background. A man is evident walking in the field in middle ground.

Location

Matanuska, Alaska

Title

Experiment Farm 15

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Man & Hogs

Description

Image shows Experiment Farm director M.D. Snodgrass standing in a fenced enclosure with three Hampshire hogs. A forested hill is in background.

Location

Matanuska, Alaska

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

Title

Experiment Farm 18

Creator

“ACME” News Photos

Subject

Matanuska Agricultural Experiment Farm

Description

Image shows the Matanuska Experiment Farm buildings in middle ground, a field of harvested & shocked grain in foreground, forest behind the buildings and snow-topped Pioneer Peak prominent in background.

Location

Matanuska, Alaska

Title

Experiment Farm 19

Creator

Don Irwin

Subject

Harvesting grain with a grain binder & two-horse team

Description

Image depicts a man riding a grain binder pulled by a two horse team with grain shocks in the foreground, buildings of the Matanuska Experiment Farm in near background, with Pioneer Peak & other Chugach Mountains beyond.

Location

Matanuska, Alaska

Title

Experiment Farm 20

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Digging Potatoes

Description

Image shows a partially harvested potato field with three men digging potatoes by hand using long-handled forks. Two rows of dug potatoes and several wooden tote boxes are evident in the foreground. A hay field with several haystacks is in middle ground and a bluff and forest are in background.

Location

Matanuska, Alaska

Title

Experiment Farm 21

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Digging Potatoes

Description

Image shows a partially harvested potato field with a man digging potatoes by hand using a long-handled fork. Two rows of dug potatoes and an old truck are evident in the foreground. A harvested hay field with several haystacks is in middle ground and a bluff and forest are in background.

Location

Matanuska, Alaska

Title

Experiment Farm 22

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Cultipacking With A Horse Team

Description

Image shows a man riding a cultipacker machine drawn by a team of two white horses in a field of tilled ground on the Matanuska Experiment Farm. A forest is in background.

Location

Matanuska, Alaska

Title

Experiment Farm 30

Creator

Hewitts

Subject

Matanuska Experiment Farm

Description

Image shows a grass field in foreground, the barn, silos and associated buildings of the Experiment Farm in middle ground, forest behind and part of Pioneer Peak in background.

Location

Matanuska, Alaska

Title

Experiment Farm 6

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Haystacks

Description

Image shows a man standing in a field of harvested hay formed in haystacks in stakes in the foreground, trees in middle ground and mountains in background.

Location

Matanuska, Alaska

Title

Fanny Werner at the Fair 1

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Fanny Werner and her Food Canning Entry at the Fair

Description

Note typed on the reverse: “Prize winning exhibit of canned products displayed by Mrs. Adam Werner, Palmer, Alaska at the Matanuska Valley Farmer’s Fair, August 30-31 and September 1, 1947. Mrs. Werner, a resident of Palmer since 1929 and mother of three 4-H members, displayed 43 quarts homegrown food including beef, sheep, sausage, fish, vegetables, berries, apples, jellies, mushrooms, dried herbs, butter, milk, cheese and vegetable confections. Her garden contains 18 varieties of herbs.”

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Farm 1

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Harvested Grain

Description

Image shows a field of harvested grain formed into shocks, a man stands beside a shock in middle ground, buildings are at the base of a bluff in far middle ground with forest beyond.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Farm 10

Creator

Brickley

Subject

M. D. Snodgrass farm on the edge of Palmer

Description

Image is of a field of harvested and shocked grain in foreground with a log house and Colony-style barn and other buildings in middle ground. A fringe of trees frame the farmstead with Lazy Mountain in background. This farm belonged to M. D. Snodgrass who was instrumental in establishing the Matanuska Experiment Farm and in recruiting farmers from the states to come to Alaska to farm. He was also a supporter of the Matanuska Colony project and later made part of his farm land available for growth of the city of Palmer.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Farm 11

Creator

Ruth DeArmond

Subject

Hot beds on Walt Pippel farm

Description

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

Location

Near Palmer, Alaska

Title

Farm 12

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Farm scene with log house, pasture land and cows

Description

Image is of a farm scene with a log house partially visible behind small trees, fenced pasture land with a herd of cows in middle ground and rolling hills beyond. Specific location is not determined.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Farm 13

Creator

Jackson

Subject

Farm field of shocks of grain covered with snow

Description

Image shows a field of harvested grain formed into shocks to dry and not removed from the field before an early snowfall covered them. Pioneer Peak is prominent in background. Grain left late into winter in this way tended to reduce the quality of the feed somewhat and often fell victim to predation by moose wintering in the valley.

Location

South of Palmer, Alaska

Title

Farm 14

Creator

Unknown but probably Jackson

Subject

Farm field of hay stacks in winter

Description

Image shows a snow-covered field of harvested hay formed into stacks, mostly on vertical stakes. One larger stack is seen near the center of the field. Lazy Mountain and Buyer’s Peak are in background. Field is identified as located on the east side of the road and railroad tracks across from the Thuma Farm south of Palmer in 1939.

Location

South of Palmer, Alaska

Title

Farm 3

Creator

Howard Doster, Army Photographer

Subject

Farm

Description

Image shows an early fall scene of a field of several rows of potatoes with grain field beside it. Some of the grain had been cut, bundled and shocked. Buildings are visible at the far end of the field with dense forest surrounding all. High mountains are in background with early snow on top and white clouds above.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Farm 4

Creator

Associated Press photo

Subject

Ewes and new-born lambs on the Clark farm.

Description

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

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Farm 5

Creator

Cliff Marcus USDA Soil Conservation Service

Subject

Farming

Description

Image shows a tractor pulling a grain binder in a grain field, cutting and bundling the grain, identified as barley. The foreground exhibits stubble where the grain had been cut, with numerous harvested bundles on the ground. One man is on the tractor, another on the binder at the edge of the uncut grain beyond. Roof tops of several buildings are visible beyond the grain field. Heavy forest is in background with clouds above. Location is identified as Art Thompson's farm on Scott Road just north of Palmer.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Farm 6

Creator

Cliff Marcus, USDA Soil Conservation Service

Subject

Farm

Description

Image shows a summer season fenced in foreground with a farmstead in middle ground at the base of Bodenburg Butte. Mountains are in background. Caption: "Leonard William's farm. Brome fields with Bodenburg Butte in background."

Location

Bodenburg Butte, Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Farm 7

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Matanuska Valley farmstead

Description

Image is a southerly view of a two-story log house in center middle ground with another building at right. A single lane road is in foreground with wood posts and hog wire fence on both sides. Stump piles are visible at left. Snow-clad mountains are in background.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Farm 8

Creator

Jackson

Subject

Haystacks in a field

Description

Image is a northerly view of a hay field with many haystacks in foreground and middle ground. A house and other buildings are visible in far middle ground. Heavy forest surround the field with Talkeetna Mountains in the background.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Farm 9

Creator

Hewitts Photo

Subject

Farmstead buildings with harvested grain in foreground and mountains in background

Description

Image shows a farmstead with a barn not of the typical Colony style, with shocked grain in foreground and heavy forest beyond. Mountains are in background with Mt. Marcus Baker in the Knik River Valley visible.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

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

Title

Farming 10

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Colonist Claire Patton and horse “Prince” harrowing a field

Description

Image is of a farmer, identified as Colonist Claire Patton, and a horse, identified as “Prince”, standing in a field of tilled ground, pausing in the process of harrowing. Part of a log building is visible behind the horse. A fringe of forest is in far middle ground and mountains are visible in background. Location is assumed to be on Patton’s Colony tract #49 south of Palmer. The horse, “Prince”, was the youngest stud horse brought to the Colony, and was well known as highly intelligent and capable in any kind of work.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Farming 11

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Frank Clark’s sheep on Lazy Mt.

Description

Image shows a flock of sheep grazing on the slopes of Lazy Mountain east of Palmer. The sheep were owned by Frank Clark. A man is evident standing among the sheep, identified as the herder, Sam Woolcock.

Location

Near Palmer, Alaska

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

Title

Farming 3

Creator

Jackson

Subject

Harvesting wheat

Description

Image is an easterly view of a wheat field being harvested with a Cat tractor and grain binder. A partially harvested field with bundles on the ground is prominent. A fenced road and electric line is at left and a farmstead with a Colony barn and other buildings is visible in far middle ground. Snow-clad mountains are in background.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Farming 4

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Threshing grain

Description

Image shows several men threshing grain. Two men at right unload a truck into the threshing machine. One man in center tends the sack receiving the grain while the machine boom above blows the straw onto a large pile at left. A mixed forest forms the backdrop.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Farming 5

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Tilling With A Horse Team

Description

Image shows a man riding a tilling machine drawn by a team of two brown horses in a field of prepared ground in the foreground. A forest of mixed birch & spruce trees is in middleground.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

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

Title

Farming 7

Creator

Associated Press

Subject

Colony farmer spring planting grain with machinery

Description

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

Location

Tract #128 Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Farming 8

Creator

Worald Wild Press

Subject

Spring plowing with a two-horse team

Description

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

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Farming 9

Creator

Hewitts

Subject

Man on a cat tractor disking newly cleared and plowed ground

Description

Image is of a man on a cat tractor pulling a disk on newly broken and plowed ground. The hillside beyond has been plowed with heavy forest at the ridge top.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Grain Binder and Grain

Creator

Unidentified but probably Pitt

Subject

Grain Harvest on Valley Farm

Description

Image shows a partially cut grain field with a grain binder machine in foreground and several shocks of grain. Buildings of a farmstead are visible in middle ground with forest and snow-capped mountains beyond. Lazy Mountain and Beyer’s Peak are evident.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Grain Dryer

Creator

Cliff Marcus, USDA Soil Conservation Service

Subject

Farm

Description

Image shows a collection of structures including a large metal container with an exhaust tube and fan. A high-sided truck is backed up to the structures. A fuel barrel on a stand is evident, as is a power pole and power lines near a wooden shed. Location is identified as the Barney Hollembaek farm south of Palmer. Mountains are in background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

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

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

Title

Haystacks 3

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Harvested Grain & Hay

Description

Image shows a field (probably at the Matanuska Experiment Farm) of harvested grain formed into shocks at the left & harvested hay formed into stacks on vertical poles at right. Forest is in middle ground & mountains in background.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Homestead & Haystacks

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

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

Description

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

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Homestead 1

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Hickey/Walters Homestead

Description

Image shows wire fence on wooden posts in fore & middle ground. A two story log house is prominent in middle ground with another log building and pole barn beside. Two men and a woman stand in middle ground. A cleared hillside and forest fringe are in background. This is the homestead originally built by Mr. Hickey and owned by Al Walters at the time the photo was taken.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Land Clearing 1

Creator

Jackson’s Photo Shop

Subject

A man on a bulldozer clearing a field of stumps

Description

Image shows a man on a bulldozer pushing stumps and root wads from a field into windrows. Colony farmstead buildings are visible in background. The photo illustrates the method to best clear the land with little removal of the soil. The field beyond the dozer shows that trees have been previously cut and removed, leaving high stumps. By pushing on these high stumps, the dozer can push them over, tipping up just the root ball which can be removed as shown without removing much of the surrounding soil.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Lew Hanks and farmer LaRose

Creator

Lew Hanks

Subject

Conservationist Lew Hanks consults with farmer LaRose

Description

District Conservationist Lew Hanks reviews a land use map with Matanuska Valley farmer and Colonist Henry LaRose during the winter of 1953. Temperature was noted to be minus 30 degrees.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Livestock, Sheep 1

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Sheep grazing on Bodenburg Butte above Colony farms

Description

Image is of a band of sheep grazing on the side of Bodenburg Butte above Colony farms visible below and beyond. While the date, and by whom, the photo was taken is uncertain, the note in the lower left corner, “Photograph approved by theater sensor ADC”, indicates it was during the time of WW II and may have been produced for commercial circulation.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Matanuska Valley Air View 6

Creator

T.H. Day, USDA Soil Conservation Service

Subject

Matanuska Valley

Description

Image is an oblique aerial view looking northwest across the Matanuska Valley with the City of Palmer in foreground. The fairgrounds and surrounding farms are evident. The Glenn Highway passing through Palmer, and the Palmer-Wasilla Road are evident. Land clearing patterns are apparent. Talkeetna Mountains are in background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Max Sherrod and vegetables

Creator

Lew Hanks, Soil Conservation Service

Subject

Max Sherrod packing vegetables for shipment to market

Description

Image shows Palmer farmer Max Sherrod in his packing shed preparing and crating vegetables for shipment to market. Vegetables shown include carrots, cauliflower, and lettuce. This produce was grown with the aid of irrigation.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

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

Title

Palmer Air View 10

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Color northerly aerial view of east Palmer to the Matanuska River

Description

Image is a color aerial oblique view looking north across the east part of Palmer showing buildings, roads and farm land to the Matanuska River in background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Palmer Air View 11

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Northwesterly aerial view of Palmer and surrounding farm lands and forest

Description

Image is an aerial oblique view looking northwesterly across the Community Center of Palmer showing buildings, roads and surrounding farm land and forest.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Palmer Air View 12

Creator

Jackson

Subject

Northerly aerial view of Palmer and surrounding farm lands, forest and the Matanuska River

Description

Image is an aerial oblique view looking northerly across Palmer showing buildings, roads and surrounding farm land, forest and Matanuska River.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Palmer Air View 13

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Northerly aerial view of the Matanuska Colony “Tent City” at Palmer and surrounding farm lands, forest, Matanuska River and Talkeetna Mountains

Description

Image is an aerial oblique view looking northerly across the Matanuska Colony “Tent City” at Palmer showing buildings, tents, roads, surrounding farm land, forest, Matanuska River and Talkeetna Mountains in background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Palmer Air View 9

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Color southerly aerial view of Palmer and the Springer System to the Matanuska River and Bodenburg Butte beyond

Description

Image is a color aerial oblique view looking south across part of Palmer to the Springer System farm land, the Matanuska River and Bodenburg Butte.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

People 12

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Max Sherrod and helper, Helen Stenvall, grade potatoes produced on the Sherrod farm.

Description

Image shows farmer Max Sherrod, with helper Helen Stenvall, sorting potatoes in preparation to send them to market. A pickup truck is visible behind them.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Sprinkler Irrigation

Creator

Cliff W. Marcus, USDA Soil Conservation Service

Subject

Farming

Description

Image shows a grass field with a pond in foreground. A farm tractor, pump and pipes are at the edge of the pond. A man attends the tractor with a pickup truck behind. A collection of barns, houses, silos, and Quonset huts are in background at the edge of the forest. Caption: "Pumping equipment and sprinkler system from pothole. Leonard Moffitt farm."

Location

Near Palmer, Alaska

Title

Two Barns

Creator

Unknown press photo

Subject

Two Colony barns on a dairy farm.

Description

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

Location

Matanuska Valley near the Butte

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