Title

"Buddies" 1

Creator

Manuel P. Nadler

Subject

People

Description

Image is of two children, identified as Arleta Goodrich and Davy Harrison, standing in a Palmer gravel street eating ice cream cones. Part of a building, automobiles and mountains are visible behind. Photo was taken by a visiting soldier who failed to get names of the children. Later, wanting to give the photo to their family, he enclosed it in a large envelope with a letter, taped a copy of the photo on the outside to serve as the addressee "in care of Community Center Post Office, Matanuska Valley, Alaska". It was delivered with no problem.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

"Buddies" 2

Creator

Capt. Manuel P. Nadler

Subject

“Buddies” envelope with photo & address

Description

Envelope used to send the attached picture to the family of the children without knowing their mailing address.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

"Buddies" 3

Creator

Capt. Manuel P. Nadler

Subject

Transmittal letter associated with the “Buddies” photo.

Description

Transmittal letter associated with the “Buddies” photo. Letter's date of 1944 appears to be a mistake considering its content and the date stamp on the envelope it was delivered in, and should be 1945.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

"Buddies" 4

Creator

Manuel P. Nadler

Subject

“Buddies” envelope

Description

Image is of the envelope used to send the negative of the “Buddies” picture to the Goodrich family

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

"Buddies" 5

Creator

Capt. Manuel P. Nadler

Subject

Transmittal letter associated with the negative of the "Buddies" photo

Description

Letter to the Goodrich family transmitting the photo negative to them of the “Buddies” photo.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

4-H Club Float 1

Creator

Hewitt's Photo Shop, Anchorage

Subject

4-H People

Description

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

Location

Palmer, Alaska

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

4-H Club Girls

Creator

Ruth Estelle

Subject

People

Description

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

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

4-H Club Meeting

Creator

Ruth Estelle

Subject

People

Description

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

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

4-H Sewing Club

Creator

Ruth (DeArmond) Estelle

Subject

People

Description

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

Location

Bodenburg Butte Area, Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Barber Shop at Camp 7

Creator

Margaret Miller

Subject

People

Description

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

Location

Camp #7 Northwest of Palmer, Alaska

Title

Bert Bingle 1

Creator

Don Irwin

Subject

Rev. Bert Bingle, Presbyterian minister at Palmer

Description

Image is a close-up of Rev. Bert Bingle, Presbyterian minister at Palmer. Rev. Bingle came to Palmer at the beginning of the Matanuska Colony project to establish the Presbyterian Church and lead construction of “The Church of a Thousand Trees”. He was a hands-on leader of many endeavors to build the new community.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

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

Title

Boys On The Hay Wagon

Creator

Unknown, probably Irv Plitt

Subject

Children

Description

Image is a summer scene showing six small boys sitting on a farm hay wagon with shrubs and forest beyond.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Camp 7 Kids

Creator

Margaret Miller

Subject

Children of temporary camp 7

Description

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

Location

Camp 7 north of Palmer, Alaska

Title

Camp 7 Wash Day

Creator

Neil Miller

Subject

Clothes washing at tent #1, Camp 7

Description

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

Location

Camp 7 north of Palmer, Alaska

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

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

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

Title

Claiming Their Freight 1

Creator

Unknown Journal staff

Subject

Colonists claiming their trunks, boxes and barrels of belongings from piles of freight off-loaded from the train and stacked about.

Description

This is a slightly enhanced news photo showing Matanuska Colonists sorting through the boxes, barrels, trunks and crates of possessions off-loaded from the train at Palmer and stacked along the tracks, claiming their own and loading them on a truck to be delivered to their tents. The marks on the photo indicate how it would be cropped for printing in the newspaper.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Classy Car

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Nick Nichols Poses in a Classy Car

Description

Image is of Nick Nichols posing in a “Classy Car”. Contemporary photos in our collection support the assumption that this photo was made on a group outing to the Goose Bay area, and the car may have belonged to Grace Bagoy of Anchorage.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Colonist Watering Her Temporary Garden

Creator

Associated Press

Subject

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

Description

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

Location

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

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

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

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

Colony Family 1

Creator

Associated Press

Subject

Colonists Vernon & Pearl Olmstead and their two children at their new log home.

Description

Image is of Colonists Vernon and Pearl Olmstead with their children Jane and Gerald, and the family dog, in front of their new log home located on tract #28 near the Matanuska Experiment Farm. They were reported to be the first Colonists to move from their tents into their new home in 1935. The squared logs used in construction were milled at a sawmill set up not far away near Camp 2.

Location

Matanuska, Alaska

Title

Colony Home 17

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Colony frame “Cottage” under construction

Description

Image is of a frame house under construction. A man is visible up on scaffolding and a boy is on the ground. Lumber is stacked on the ground and leaning against the building. Cottonwood trees form the backdrop.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Colony Home 24

Creator

Wide World Photos, Inc

Subject

Colony Home and family of Joe & Blanche Puhl

Description

This is a press photo exhibiting marks indicating where it was cropped for publication in the newspaper. Image is a summer view of Joe and Blanche Puhl and their two sons at a wood pile next to their Colony tent and their new log home on farm tract #99 on the north side of Palmer. Rolls of barbed wire are stacked by the tent and blocks of birch wood await in the foreground to be split for fire wood.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

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

Title

Colony Kids 2

Creator

Hewitt's Photo Shop, Anchorage

Subject

People

Description

Image shows a group of small children sitting on a rail in front of a rail car. Trees and mountains are visible in background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Colony Warehouse Fire 2

Creator

Unknown

Subject

The Colony warehouse in “Tent City” is burning

Description

Image shows heavy white smoke rising from fire consuming the Colony warehouse in “Tent City”. Men are standing and observing. As well as goods stored in the warehouse, many important records and documents were lost to the fire, causing difficulty for many Colony families in establishing their true indebtedness to the corporation managing the project.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Colony kids home school

Creator

Associated Press

Subject

Teacher and Colony children doing school work at home

Description

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

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

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

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

Title

Cutting Firewood

Creator

Unknown

Subject

People

Description

Image is of two men standing next to a cross-cut saw embedded in a log sitting atop a sawbuck with several cut lengths of firewood on the ground. Several boys are behind them, two holding axes. They all stand between two rows of colony tents with clothes hanging on lines behind them and trees beyond.

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

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

Title

Don Irwin and Rex Beach

Creator

Nichols

Subject

Don Irwin & Rex Beach display examples of crops being grown in the area

Description

Image shows Colony manager Don Irwin and author Rex Beach displaying examples of farm plants presumably produced in the local area. The men stand in front of a frame building exhibiting signs indicating it was Irwin’s office.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Dorm 2

Creator

Elsie Havens Blue

Subject

View of Elsie Havens’ wedding shower being held in the lobby and living room of the Community Center dormitory

Description

Image is of the wedding shower for Palmer hospital nurse Elsie Havens as she prepares to marry Walt Blue. The setting is the living room of the singles dormitory in the Community Center and attendees include fellow nurses, teachers, corporation employees and other ladies of the community.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Dr. C. Earl Albrecht

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Dr. Albrecht, Colony physician, writes a prescription for a Valley resident at a woodpile amid Colonist tents at Palmer.

Description

Image is a winter scene showing Dr. C. Earl Albrecht, Matanuska Valley physician, standing beside a woodpile writing a prescription for a woman nearby. At his feet are two medical bags, one opened and exhibiting its contents while perched on the piled wood. Tents are in middle ground and a truck is partially visible behind the woman with a man standing next to it. Snow-clad Pioneer Peak is in background.

Location

Palmer, 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

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 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 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

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

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

Title

Hatcher Pass Outing

Creator

Neil Miller

Subject

Margaret Miller & son Tim on Hatcher Pass outing

Description

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

Location

Hatcher Pass in Talkeetna Mountains north of Palmer, Alaska

Title

Hatchery Incubators

Creator

Nichols

Subject

Workers unload incubators for installation in the new hatchery building

Description

Image shows a winter scene of workers uncrating incubators for installation in the new poultry hatchery building in the community center of the Matanuska Colony Project in Palmer. The Colony warehouse and water tower are visible in background. Overhead electric lines are evident, dense forest is apparent at right and a truck is partially visible at left.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

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

Title

Homesteaders 5

Creator

Don Irwin

Subject

Homesteader “Mac” McHenry, Estella Irwin, Louis Odsather, and homesteader Ann Wilson

Description

Photo is a color image of four people, identified as homesteader “Mac” McHenry, Estella Irwin, Louis Odsather and homesteader Ann Wilson. A black automobile is behind and fishing gear is evident. The photo was taken at Fish Creek near Knik, Alaska.

Location

Near Knik, Alaska

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

Title

Hospital 3

Creator

Ordway

Subject

Nurse in the Palmer hospital sterilizing room

Description

Image is of Nurse Kelley in the sterilizing room of the Palmer hospital.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Hospital 4

Creator

Ordway

Subject

Nurse Katheryn Powers at the nurses station in the new Palmer hospital

Description

Image is of the hallway of the new hospital in Palmer. Nurse Katheryn Powers is visible at the nurses station at the far end of the hall.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Hospital Isolation Ward

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Three boys hang around the front of Palmer’s hospital isolation ward building

Description

Image is of three young boys hanging around the front of a wood frame building. A sign on the front of the building reads: “ISOLATION WARD KEEP OUT”. Two bed spring frames lean against the front of the building and a tent is partially visible at right.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Hospital Staff 1

Creator

Elsie Havens (Blue)

Subject

Dr. Albrecht and hospital nursing staff in 1937

Description

Image is of the Palmer hospital staff on October 1937, posing on the hospital entry steps. Staff is identified as (l to r): Mabel Rude, anesthetist & lab tech; Dr. C. Earl Albrecht; Marian Batdorf, nursing supervisor; Luella Batdorf, hospital secretary; Elsie Havens, OR nurse & Dr. assistant; Eunice Anderson, public health nurse.

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

Jack Allman

Creator

Elsie Havens Blue

Subject

Jack Allman

Description

Image shows Jack Allman in suit jacket, tie & hat holding a megaphone. A pickup truck and wood wall of a small building are behind him in the foreground with community building beyond. The megaphone indicates he likely had a prominent role in the 4-of-July events of the day.

Location

Palmer, 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

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

Title

Max Sherrod & Cabbage

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Max Sherrod Holding a Cabbage

Description

Image shows a man, identified as Max Sherrod, holding a wire basket and a large cabbage. The man is standing in a field of vegetables with trees and mountains in background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

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

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

Title

Nurse 2

Creator

Elsie Havens Blue

Subject

Katherine Powers, Palmer Hospital Nurse

Description

Image shows Palmer hospital nurse Katherine Powers standing beside the "Nurses Car" and ambulance parked on the gravel Palmer to Anchorage Road. The location is likely just south of the Knik River Bridge based on other associated photos in the collection. The vehicle is identified as "ARRC 31."

Location

On the Palmer-Anchorage road near Knik River Bridge

Title

Nurse 3

Creator

Ruth DeArmond

Subject

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

Description

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

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Nurse 4

Creator

Ruth DeArmond

Subject

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

Description

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

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Nurse 5

Creator

Ruth DeArmond

Subject

Red Cross nurse Miss Pearl Williams making her rounds in the Matanuska Valley by horse cart

Description

Image shows a woman, identified as Miss Pearl Williams, Red Cross Nurse, in a cart pulled by a white horse. Cottonwood and spruce forest is the backdrop.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Nurse 6

Creator

Unknown-probably nurse Powers

Subject

Nurse Elsie Havens with the nurse’s car

Description

Image is of registered nurse Elsie Havens standing beside the nurse’s car along the road between Palmer and Anchorage. The car, identified as A.R.R.C. vehicle #31, was available for use by the hospital nurses and was also used as the ambulance as needed.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Palmer Tent City 2

Creator

Berts

Subject

Palmer "Tent City" activity

Description

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

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Palmer Tent City 3

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Colony tents & lumber being loaded on trucks

Description

Image is of men loading lumber onto trucks from piles in front of many Colony tents at Palmer during the early days of the Colony project.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Palmer Tent City 4

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Cars and tents of Palmer “Tent City”

Description

Image is of automobiles, tents and other buildings of “Tent City” in the earliest days of the Colony establishment at Palmer. A man is seen walking on the street. Power poles are evident.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Palmer View From Bugge’s Hill 5

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Winter view of Palmer, viewed from Bugge’s Hill with skaters on frozen pond below

Description

Image is a winter easterly view from Bugge’s Hill across John Bugge’s homestead field with a frozen melt-water pond in foreground and several children skating. Bugge’s homestead buildings and Palmer buildings are in middle ground with snow-clad mountains in background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

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

Title

People 10

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Men of the Colony

Description

Image shows five men associated with the early colony activity. They’re identified as: (l to r): Clair (Nick) Nichols & Louis Odsather (commissary); John Osseward (ARRC Accountant); Ron Pasco (Railroad Agent); and Skip Cowden (Commissary). A dog also poses with the men. A small wooden building and several tents are visible behind the group and mountains are visible in background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

People 11

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Two men, identified as transient laborers associated with the Matanuska Colony project, pause in their job of clearing land of trees to make way for construction of Colony development

Description

Two men, identified as transient laborers associated with the Matanuska Colony project, pause in their job of clearing land of trees to make way for construction of Colony development. One man holds a bow saw, also called as “Swede Saw”, the other holds an ax.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

People 15

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Nurses and Doctor at Matanuska Colony isolation ward in Palmer

Description

Image shows several nurses, including Max Sherrod (third from left) and Dorothy Sherrod (fifth from left), and Dr. Albrect at right. They are standing in front of the temporary hospital isolation ward building established in Palmer before the new community hospital was opened in fall of 1935.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

People 16

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Three people hold and measure a large Rhubarb stem and leaf in front of the Co-op Creamery building in Palmer

Description

This summer press photo shows three people, identified as Lois Spencer (left), Ross Sheeley (center) and Stuart Campbell (right) holding a large rhubarb stem and leaf as they measure it. They are standing in front of the new creamery building in Palmer’s community center. Marks on the photo indicate where it would be cropped before printing in the newspaper.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

People 17

Creator

Associated Press Photo

Subject

Colonists Arriving At Palmer “Tent City”

Description

The image shows a group of people, identified as the second contingent of Matanuska Colonists from Michigan & Wisconsin, walking beside railroad cars toward white tents in the middle ground. Pickup trucks and cars are at left, a small building is in near middle ground and the train depot is visible in far middle ground. Forest is in far middle ground with snow-clad Talkeetna Mountains in background.

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

People 2

Creator

Margaret Miller

Subject

Colonist Ruth Bailey and daughter Nona Faye

Description

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

Location

Camp 7 north of Palmer, Alaska

Title

People 3

Creator

Margaret Miller

Subject

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

Description

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

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

People 4

Creator

Neil Miller

Subject

Two women stand ready to pick berries

Description

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

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

People 5

Creator

Neil Miller

Subject

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

Description

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

Location

Tract #155 North of Palmer, Alaska

Title

People 6

Creator

Neil Miller

Subject

Three Colony girls astride a working horse while mother looks on

Description

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

Location

Tract #155 North of Palmer, Alaska

Title

People#1

Creator

Margaret Miller

Subject

Colonist Neil Miller is getting a haircut

Description

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

Location

Camp 7 north of Palmer, Alaska

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

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

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

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

Title

Red Cross Helpers

Creator

Ruth Estelle

Subject

People

Description

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

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Sawmill 1

Creator

Arville Schaleben

Subject

Sawmill and house logs

Description

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

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Sawmill 2

Creator

Arville Schaleben

Subject

Men operating a portable saw mill

Description

This is a slightly enhanced Milwaukee Journal press photo. Image shows a group of men gathered around a portable sawmill in foreground. The mill is temperately shut down in order to adjust the log carriage. Mosquito nets are evident on most hats. The man third from left is identified as colonist Tom Lepak. Man in white hood, center, is tentatively identified as colonist Virgil Eckert. Two boys look on. A homestead barn, woodpile, outhouse and at least two horses are apparent in middle ground. Cleared fields and forested hills are beyond. This mill was set up near Camp#2 to saw house logs for constructing Colonist homes in the vicinity of the Matanuska Experiment Farm.

Location

Matanuska, Alaska

Title

Sawmill 4

Creator

Neil Miller

Subject

Gathering houselogs to a portable sawmill

Description

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

Location

Camp 5 north of Palmer, Alaska

Title

Sawmill 5

Creator

Neil Miller

Subject

Men working ariund a portable sawmill

Description

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

Location

Colony Camp 5 north of Palmer, Alaska

Title

Skating Rink

Creator

Unknown

Subject

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

Description

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

Location

Palmer, Alaska

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