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

Alice Mikami & Beatrice McNally 1

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Alice & Beatrice stand for their picture to be taken in a vacant area of Palmer's "Tent City".

Description

Alice Mikami and Beatrice McNally stand together in a low grass field for their picture to be taken. Alice is dressed in a black dress with a black & white checked over-dress and a full length light brown coat over her shoulders. Beatrice is in a full-length black coat. Temporary "Tent City" frame buildings are partially visible behind, as are piles of material for the Colony project. Heavy forest forms the backdrop with mountains faintly visible in the distance.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Alice Mikami 1

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Alice Mikami is standing at the entry of a Colony tent

Description

Miss Alice Mikami, stenographer in the ARRC main office, stands in a black dress in front of a white Colony tent.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Anchorage Depot 1

Creator

Alaska Road Commission

Subject

Anchorage residents welcome arriving Matanuska Colonists to the area.

Description

This image shows a large collection of automobiles parked in foreground at the Anchorage train depot, several rail cars in middle ground beyond them, and a large group of people in between. Several people are evident near the depot building at far left with one man on the roof. Several men are standing on the roof of a bus parked among the cars. A dilapidated boardwalk is obvious at the near left and a single auto is parked facing the viewer in near foreground. The occasion is identified as residents of Anchorage welcoming newly arriving Matanuska Colonists on their way to Palmer.

Location

Anchorage, 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

Baseball 1

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

A baseball game is in progress, a batter at the plate, the catcher and umpire in position and spectators watching

Description

A baseball game is in progress between Palmer and Anchorage teams at Palmer with a batter at the plate, the catcher and umpire in position, and spectators in the background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Baseball 3

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

During a pause in the action of a baseball game in Palmer, local homesteader John Tully takes up the bat at home plate.

Description

At home plate during a lull in a baseball game on the Palmer community center quad, a local man, identified as homesteader John Tully, stands ready at the plate for the pitch.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Baseball 5

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Spectators are gathered to watch a baseball game in Palmer while the local team takes a break from the action.

Description

Local residents gather on the sidelines of a baseball game in Palmer while their team takes a break from the action.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Beatrice McNally 1

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Beatrice McNally, stenographer in the ARRC accounting department, stands for her photograph.

Description

Beatrice stands in this summer scene for her photo in a vacant area of "Tent City" dressed in a white shirt, short black jacket, black high-cuff pants and a black hat. Behind her several colony tents are partially visible and an automobile. Heavy forest forms the backdrop.

Location

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

Betty Hermon 1

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Miss Betty Hermon stands for her picture to be taken with a kitten on her shoulder

Description

The image is of Miss Betty Hermon, daughter of Colonists John & Hilda Hermon, dressed in a white dress with diamond pattern, and with a kitten on her shoulder, standing in a dirt road with heavy forest behind. Shadows of others standing nearby are apparent.

Location

Matanuska Valley, 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

Bob's Barber Shop 1

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Bob Munford Giving Barney Anderson a Haircut

Description

Image is of Bob Munford giving Barney Anderson a haircut in Bob’s Barbershop.

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

Cabinet Shop 1

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Five men pause in their work in the colony cabinet shop where they are constructing cabinetry for the new buildings of the colon.

Description

Five men pose in the Colony Cabinet Shop among many tools used to construct the cabinetry for the colony homes and other new buildings. Some cabinets under construction are visible.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Calvin Culp 1

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Calvin Culp, dressed in his work coveralls, stands behind the Co-op blacksmith shop where farm machinery is stored.

Description

A man, identified as Calvin Culp, dressed in work coveralls, stands in front of a buck rake with a portion of a building and smokestack behind.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Camp 7 Girls

Creator

Ruth Bailey

Subject

The three Miller girls holding Nona Fay Bailey at Colonist Camp 7

Description

Image is a summer view of four girls, identified as Mary Miller holding baby Nona Fay Bailey, Priscilla Miller in center, and Janell Miller at right. Nona Fay was the daughter of Colonists Ferber & Ruth Bailey. The other three were daughters of Colonists Neil and Margaret Miller. They are standing in front of one of the tents located at the temporary Colonist camp #7 north of Palmer, Alaska.

Location

Camp 7 north of Palmer, 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

Camp 9 Cows 1

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Colonist Bill Ising visits the cows of Camp 9. Cow at right is being milked.

Description

Colonist Bill Ising visits the cows belonging to residents of Camp 9 at milking time. Cow at right is being milked.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Camp 9 Logging 1

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Bill Ising skids firewood logs to the tents of Camp 9.

Description

Image is of Colonist Bill Ising skidding firewood logs to Camp 9 tents for firewood with his two-horse team.

Location

Camp 9 south of Palmer

Title

Camp 9 Logging2

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Colonist Allen Frederick skids a log of firewood to the tents of Camp 9

Description

Allen Frederick skidding firewood logs to Colony Camp 9 with his horse

Location

Camp 9 south of Palmer, Alaska

Title

Camp 9 Tents

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Colonist's tents at Camp #9 while waiting for their houses to be built.

Description

Image shows the Colonist's tents at Camp #9 with Pioneer Pk. in the background. Initials or names of the occupants have been noted by each tent along with a quote that accompanied the photo.

Location

Tract # 82

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

Carnival 2

Creator

Unknown

Subject

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

Description

Image is of a parade float at the 1937 Fairbanks Winter Carnival. Several women and one man are riding on the float. 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

Carnival 3

Creator

Unknown

Subject

“Miss Matanuska”, Virginia Berg of Palmer, entrant in the Queen contest at the Fairbanks Winter Carnival royal court

Description

Image is of the royal court at the 1937 Fairbanks Winter Carnival. Several women and men are gathered. Miss Virginia Berg of Palmer is the “Miss Matanuska” entry in the festival Queen contest and is seen seated in the center left of the image behind the child. The American flag is prominent.

Location

Fairbanks, Alaska

Title

Carnival 4

Creator

Unknown

Subject

“Miss Matanuska”, Virginia Berg of Palmer, entrant in the Queen contest at the Fairbanks Winter Carnival Royal Court

Description

Image is of the Royal Court at the 1937 Fairbanks Winter Carnival. Several women and men are gathered. Miss Virginia Berg of Palmer is the “Miss Matanuska” entry in the festival Queen contest and is seen standing at left between the men. A military honor guard is present in foreground. The festival queen is seated at center.

Location

Fairbanks, Alaska

Title

Celebration 1

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

The 1936 Palmer Fourth-of-July parade begins with five mounted horseback riders, followed by marchers carrying the American flag.

Description

Five horseback riders lead the Palmer Fourth-of-July parade marchers along a gravel road. Four marchers in military uniforms carry a large American flag directly behind the horses and they are followed by members of the local fire department.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Celebration 10

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Young "Colony Kid" Darlene Higginbotham waits with the busses for the 1936 4th-of-July parade in Palmer to begin.

Description

A young girl, identified as Darlene Higginbotham, waits with the parked busses in front of the creamery for the Palmer 4th-of-July parade to begin.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Celebration 11

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

A crown is gathering near the speakers platform on the quad as two parade floats arrive

Description

A crown is gathered on the quad in front of the speaker's platform as two floats from the Palmer 4th-of July parade arrive. Men of the local fire department are prominent in foreground, the Teachers Dorm is in middle ground behind the crowd.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Celebration 12

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Don Irwin addresses the 4th-of-July crowd gathered on the community center quad in Palmer in 1936.

Description

Don Irwin speaks to the crowd gathered for the 1936 Fourth-of July celebration on the Palmer community center quad in front of the new school building. An open window on the top floor of the school revels a photographer taking photos of events below and responsible for some of the related images in this collection.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Celebration 13

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

A crowd gathers at the speaker's platform on the quad during 4th-of-July celebrations in Palmer.

Description

People gather at the speaker's platform on the community center quad during celebration of the 4th-of-July in 1936. Musicians and speakers are on the platform, two cars are parked next to the "Teacher's Dorm" behind the crowd, and the flag pole is erected but without the large concrete slab yet at the base. The photo appears to have been taken from the upper floor window of the school.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Celebration 17

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Children are dancing on the quad during "Palmer Day" celebrations.

Description

A group of children dance holding hands on the community center quad as they celebrate "Palmer Day", May 15-1937.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Celebration 2

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Members of the Colony Volunteer Fire Department are marching in the 1936 Forth-of-July parade in Palmer. Some marchers are carrying a large American flag.

Description

Members of the Colony Volunteer Fire Department march in the 1936 Forth-of-July parade. A large American flag is carried by the second rank of marchers.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Celebration 26

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

The American flag is being raised on the community flagpole in Palmer on the 4th-of-July, 1936.

Description

A Navy and Army color guard stand by as two other men begin to raise the American flag on the community flagpole as part of the fourth-of-July celebration in 1936. Two mounted riders, a small boy with a decorated bicycle and other spectators watch from beyond. A parade float vehicle and the Community Gym form the backdrop.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Celebration 3

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Several members of the Colony Volunteer Fire Department, and one youngster, are marching in Palmer's 1936 Fourth-of-July parade.

Description

Members of the Colony Volunteer Fire Department march in Palmer's Fourth-of-July parade. A youngster has joined the group in the first rank.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Celebration 4

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Four men ride on the back of a decorated truck while they play musical instruments, including a tuba, trombone, accordion and drum set, as a float in Palmer's Fourth-of-July parade.

Description

Four men sit on the decorated bed of a truck playing various musical instruments as a float in Palmer's 1936 Fourth-of-July parade.

Location

Palmer, 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

Clarence Sjodin

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Clarence Sjodin stands in front of his barn and chicken house on his Colony farm.

Description

Image is of Clarence Sjodin standing in front of his barn and chicken house on his Colony farm.

Location

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

Co-op Store 1

Creator

Unknown

Subject

The hard goods department of the co-op store thought to be as it was established in the vacated warehouse and moved from the Trading Post across the street.

Description

Image shows the dry goods section of the Co-op Store thought to occupy the vacated warehouse and moved from the Trading Post across the street. Nick Nichols stands at left. A clerk and two other women are also visible. Stairs are seen at left leading to the upper floor. Decorative streamers are strung from the overhead lights, possibly indicating celebration of the recent move.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Co-op Store 2

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Christmas-time business is being conducted in the drygoods department of the Co-op Store.

Description

This image is an interior view of the Co-op store drygoods department after the store moved into the vacated warehouse building from the Trading Post in 1940. Four women are visible, two shoppers and two employees, including Colonist Irene Benson, Manager, at far right.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Co-op Store 3

Creator

Unknown

Subject

People crowd the recently opened Co-op Store in its new location of the old warehouse as they prepare for Christmas.

Description

Christmas ornaments decorate the Drygoods department of the Co-op Store while several men and women and a child shop and two clerks check out the purchases and wrap the presents.

Location

Palmer, 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 & Horses

Creator

Unnown

Subject

Allen Frederick & Bill Ising stand with their new teams of horses harnessed and ready to work

Description

Colonist's Allen Frederick & Bill Ising stand with their new teams of horses

Location

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 Family 2

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Ferber & Ruth Bailey family

Description

Image is of the Ferber & Ruth Bailey family taken next to their Colony house in summer of 1940. Children are identified as Ferber Gene, Nona Fay, Janice, David and Ardith.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Colony Farm 28

Creator

Clarence Sjodin

Subject

"Jr." Sjodin and his dog stand in the snow on the Sjodin farmstead with the Colony barn and chicken coop behind.

Description

Image shows "Jr." Sjodin and his dog in a winter scene in the Sjodin farmstead with the barn and chicken coop behind.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Colony Farm 36

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Several people stand at left viewing the cold frames and water truck on the Pippel farm.

Description

Image is a springtime view across a cleared field to a low hillside where several cold frames with white covers are installed. A truck, with water barrels evident on the back, is parked nearby. Several people stand at left.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Colony Farm 37

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

A woman and two young boys standing bent over in a large cabbage field as if harvesting.

Description

Summer overview of a cabbage field with a woman and two young boys working in it bent over as if harvesting.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Colony Fishing Crew

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Men associated with the Matanuska Colony pose with salmon they have caught.

Description

Image is a summer view of seven men gathered around the back of a pickup truck. A man at left, identified as Colonist Chris Anderson, is holding two salmon in his hands. Additional salmon are visible in the back of the truck. Rev. Bert Bingle leans against the truck next to Anderson. Young Gene Bailey stands front and center.

Location

Matanuska Valley, 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 Home 26

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Two men with a caterpillar tractor readying a Colony house to be moved to a new location

Description

Image is of a log Colony house being readied to be moved. One man, identified as colonist Ferber Bailey, operates a caterpillar tractor while an unidentified man assists in placing transport beams under the house. Over the years since the Matanuska Colony houses were constructed in 1935, many have been moved from their original locations as farms were consolidated and as housing was needed in Palmer or elsewhere throughout the valley.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Colony Home 27

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Two men on a caterpillar tractor with a Colony house ready to be moved to a new location

Description

Image is of a log Colony house ready to be moved. One man, identified as Ferber Bailey, stands on a caterpillar tractor while an unidentified man sits at the controls. Support beams and wheels are visible under the house. Over the years since the Matanuska Colony houses were constructed in 1935, many have been moved from their original locations as farms were consolidated and as housing was needed in Palmer or elsewhere throughout the valley.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Colony Home 30

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Four men stand in front of the partially constructed log home of the Charles Sjodin Colony family.

Description

Image shows the Sjodin Colony log home under construction with four men doing the construction standing in front.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Colony Home 35

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Four men stand in front of a partially completed log house they have been building.

Description

Four men stand in front of a partially completed log house. Colonist Clarence Sjodin is the third man from the left, the others are assumed to be "Transient" workers employed by the ARRC overseeing the Colony project. The Sjodin farm was located on tract #98 north of Palmer.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Colony Home 46

Creator

Unknown

Subject

A new Matanuska Colony house appears to be complete and two people standing at the front door appear to be moving in.

Description

A white frame house sits in a wooded setting, identified as being the new home of Colonists Bernard and Alice Reitan. Two people stand on the landing at the front door, bed springs are leaning against the wall near the entry.

Location

Matanuska Valley, 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 10

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

"Colony Kid" Bud Bouwens shows his young horse at the Fair.

Description

"Colony Kid" Bud Bouwens stands next to his young horse as he shows it at the first Matanuska Valley Fair in Palmer. The lumber skeleton of a building is behind which was covered with tarps to provide an animal barn for the fair.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Colony Kids 12

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

A youngster waits on a white horse for "Palmer Days" activities to begin.

Description

A youngster sits astride a white horse in Palmer's community center with two buildings behind. The rear part of another horse is visiblw at left.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Colony Kids 13

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

A young boy shows his 4-H project calf at the fair.

Description

"Colony Kid" Adelbert "Bubs" Ring shows his 4-H project calf at the first Matanuska Valley Fair in Palmer. A white blanket over the calf's back identifies them as part of the "Midnight Sun 4-H Club".

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Colony Kids 14

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

"Colony Kids", Jim and Bob Pippel, pose with their shaggy dog in front of a white house.

Description

Young boys, Jim and Bob Pippel, stand in front of a white house with a shaggy dog in front of them.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Colony Kids 15

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Children of the Ring and Bouwens Matanuska Colony families are seated in an open patch of woods with buckets of wild red current berries they have picked

Description

A group of seven children are seated on a grassy slope with buckets of current berries they have picked. Trees and brush are behind.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Colony Kids 16

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Young girl is showing the small pail full of berries she has picked as she stands next to a large bucket full of berries

Description

A young girl, identified as Delores Bouwens, is showing her small bucket full of berries as she stands next to a large bucket of berries picked by the older children she is with on their outing seen in photo "Colony Kids 15".

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Colony Kids 17

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Two colonist's sons, Jim and Bob Pippel, stand in a field of head-high grain in the Matanuska Valley.

Description

Two young boys stand in a field of head-high grain in the Matanuska Valley.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Colony Kids 18

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

A group on children riding in the back of a pickup truck are part of a float in the 1936 Palmer 4th-of-July parade.

Description

A black pickup truck with several children riding in the back and a sign on the side identifying a 4-H club forms a float for the 1936 4th-of-July parade in Palmer. Two other automobiles are visible behind.

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 Kids 20

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

A group of young children are gathered together in a grassy field to have their picture taken.

Description

Children who had lived temporarily in tent camp #3 at Palmer are gathered later to have their picture taken. Visible behind them are a stand of trees, the Palmer water tower and mountains east of town.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Colony Kids 3

Creator

Ruth Bailey

Subject

Gene Bailey & Jerry Yohn show white snowshoe rabbits they brought home from hunting

Description

Image is of Colonist children Gene Bailey (left) and Jerry Yohn exhibiting snowshoe rabbits (varying hares) that their hunting will contribute to the family dinner tables.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Colony Kids 4

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Colony kid, "Jr." Sjodin , sits on the porch of the tent serving as temporary family home while waiting for their permanent log home to be built on their land tract #98.

Description

"Jr." Sjodin, sits on the porch of the tent that was the family home while waiting for their new home to be constructed on their land tract.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Colony Kids 6

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Marian Frederick and pets, Colony barn in backround

Description

Marian Frederick plays with pets, Frederick barn in background

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Colony Kids 7

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Marian Frederick stands with her accordion

Description

Marian Frederick stands with her accordion

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Colony Kids 8

Creator

Unknown

Subject

A large group of small children stand with two adults

Description

Two adults and a large group of small children

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Colony Kids 9

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Three young boys, two holding a rifle and dead Hoary Marmot each.

Description

Two young boys, one identified as Clarence Frederick, each hold a rifle and a dead Hoary Marmot. A third boy in middle ground looks on. The setting appears to be alpine country assumed to be the Hatcher Pass area north of Palmer.

Location

Talkeetna Mountains north of the Matanuska Valley, 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

Community Center 16

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

A man and woman sit reading newspapers in the community center dormitory living room

Description

Image shows furniture and layout of the community center dormitory living room. A woman and a man sit reading newspapers.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Community Center 24

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Ground is being filled and graded to begin construction of the Creamery and Cannery buildings.

Description

A man on a Cat tractor and a man with a shovel backfill and grade the ground at the east end of Warehouse #1 in preparation for construction to begin on the Co-op Cannery and Creamery buildings. The rail spur tracks are visible beyond and several tents are apparent beyond that at the edge of the forest. One tent has a sign indicating it is storing gasoline. Three men and a truck are in front of three other tents

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Community Center 28

Creator

Des Moines Sunday Register

Subject

Women shoppers are walking from the Co-op store past parked cars with the store and Cannery building behind them.

Description

Image is a view of the front of the Co-op Trading Post and west side of the Cannery building in 1945 with automobiles parked in the lot and women shoppers walking from the store.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Community Center 44

Creator

Ordway

Subject

Mechanics are working on automobile engines and parts in the east bay of the Co-op Garage.

Description

Inside the Co-op Garage in Palmer's Community Center, mechanics overhaul and maintain the ARRC's fleet of automobiles and equipment as well as machines of the Colony members and others. This view shows mechanics attending to auto engines and parts on the work bench in the east bay of the garage.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Community Center 6

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Two people standing in front of a ARRC staff house, Manager's house and the Dorm under construction

Description

Image shows a fall view of a ARRC Staff house, Manager's House, Dorm under construction and two people standing in foreground.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Community Center 7

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Teacher Lucinda Ward stands in front of the temporary rail car school room and other Community Center buildings in fall 1935.

Description

Teacher Lucinda Ward stands in front of Community Center buildings, including the warehouse at left, temporary rail car school room at center, and other buildings at right.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Community Center 8

Creator

Allen Frederick

Subject

Winter 1935-36, Marian & Charles stand in front of Palmer's new Post Office.

Description

Marian and Charles Frederick stand in front of the new Post Office in Palmer's Community Center, winter of 1935-36.

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

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