Title

"Warton School"

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Teacher & students attending the school at “Warton” in 1934-35 term.

Description

Image shows school teacher, identified as Harold Thuma, and eight students standing near a two story log building identified as the school at the community of “Warton”, later named Palmer, Alaska.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Bar 1

Creator

Cliff Moore

Subject

Interior view of the Tropical Gardens Bar in Palmer in 1959

Description

Image is an interior view of the Tropical Gardens Bar in Palmer. Ruby and Bill Miller, proprietors from 1959 until 1962, are standing behind the bar at left.

Location

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

Church 10

Creator

Unknown

Subject

A film crew documents choir practice at the Presbyterian Church in Palmer

Description

Image is of a Warner Brothers film crew documenting choir practice in the log Presbyterian Church in Palmer. Identified members of the choir are Rev. Bert Bingle at the pulpit, Harry Wimmer, Howard Estelle and Ruth DeArmond Estelle at right.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Cliff Marcus

Creator

T.H. Day

Subject

Cliff Marcus, Conservation Surveyor, evaluates a soil sample as he maps an area’s soil types

Description

Image shows Conservation Surveyor Cliff Marcus, evaluating a soil sample he has extracted with his auger as he maps soil types on the Kenai Peninsula. Cliff worked out of the State Soil Conservation Service office in Palmer for many years, traveling to various areas of the state to identify and map the soils for their agricultural potential.

Location

Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

Title

Colony Home 10

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Colony “cottage” home under construction

Description

Image shows a Colony home under construction. Homes not built of logs were referred to by the government as “cottages”. Two men are visible working on scaffolding on the outside of the house. Considerable debris is apparent in the yard.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Colony Home 11

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Colony “cottage” home under construction

Description

Image shows a Colony home under construction. Homes not built of logs were referred to by the government as “cottages”. Three men are visible with scaffolding on the outside of the house. Lumber and considerable debris are apparent in the yard. Heavy forest is the backdrop.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Ed Duncklee 1

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Portrait of Edward A. Duncklee, Palmer area homesteader

Description

Image is a portrait of Edward Albert Duncklee, (1872-1943) Palmer-area homesteader, taken in 1924 per note on the back. He was known to be in the Matanuska Valley in 1915, he applied for his 319 acre homestead about 1916 and received the patent on 10/9/1919. He sold his homestead land to the government for inclusion in the Matanuska Colony project of 1935.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Ed Duncklee 2

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Ed Duncklee working in a blacksmith shop in Valdez with three others

Description

Image is a view of the inside of a blacksmith shop in Valdez showing three men standing near the forge and anvil with racks of horseshoes and tools on the wall behind. The hand of a fourth man extends into the image at right holding an object they have apparently made. The man at left in the photo is Ed Duncklee who would later take up a homestead in the Matanuska Valley which he later sold back to the government for inclusion in the Matanuska Colony project at Palmer.

Location

Valdez, Alaska

Title

Ed Ueeck 1

Creator

Elsie Havens Blue

Subject

Trapper Ed Ueeck with his sled dogs displaying his winter's catch of fur

Description

Image depicts Alaska trapper Ed Ueeck kneeling with his two sled dogs below a display of his winter's catch of furs hanging on the gable end of a house. Furs include coyote, wolf, wolverine, lynx, fox and martin. One dog, "Pinkie," identified as a 120 lb Diomede husky, is hitched to an upturned sled. The other dog is not identified.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Ed Ueeck 2

Creator

Elsie Blue

Subject

Trapper Ed Ueeck in Palmer

Description

Image is a winter scene of trapper Ed Ueeck and his two sled dogs in front of a building with furs hanging on display. Trees are in middle ground and snow-clad mountains in background. Displayed furs represent the trapper’s winter catch, and include wolf, lynx, coyote, wolverine, fox and martin.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Ed Ueeck 3

Creator

Elsie Havens Blue

Subject

Trapper Ed Ueeck displays wolf pelts

Description

Image is of trapper Ed Ueeck of Palmer, Alaska sitting between two hanging wolf pelts and with a third wolf pelt draped over his shoulder and across his lap. Ueeck is wearing a soft flat cap and high-top laced boots.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Ed Ueeck 4

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Ed Ueeck , Alaska Trapper

Description

Image is of a man, identified as trapper Ed Ueeck, wearing wolverine mittens and holding a rifle. Mr. Ueeck was a resident of Palmer for many years and trapped around the Sheep Mountain area at the head of Matanuska River. He is the subject of a book, “The Man From Sheep Mountain”, by his nephew Kim A. Ueeck.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Ed Ueeck 5

Creator

Elsie Blue

Subject

Trapper Ed Ueeck and dog “Pinky” with furs on display

Description

Image shows trapper Ed Ueeck and his dog “Pinky” in front of a log cabin with furs hanging on display on the cabin wall. Snow is on the ground and a pair of snowshoes are visible against the wall. Furs include coyote, lynx, fox, wolverine, and martin.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Ed Ueeck 6

Creator

Elsie Blue

Subject

Trapper Ed Ueeck and his dog “Pinky”

Description

Image is of trapper Ed Ueeck and his sled dog “Pinky” in front of a log building with portions of some furs visible hanging on the wall. A pair of snowshoes are visible against the wall.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Eliza Jane Duncklee 1

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Portrate of Eliza Jane “jenny” Duncklee

Description

Image is a portrait of Eliza Jane “Jenny” (nee Morell) (Eaton) (Loken) Duncklee. Jenny came to Alaska from England in 1918 and lived in the Anchorage area for a while, then moved to the Matanuska Valley where she married homesteader John Loken. Loken’s homestead was in the vicinity of present-day Palmer. Following Loken’s death, she married homesteader Ed Duncklee. She was active in Valley Homemakers clubs and social activities. Eliza Jane Duncklee was the mother of Fanny (nee Eaton) Werner who followed her mother to Alaska in 1929 and married homesteader Adam Werner.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Fanny Werner 1

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Formal color portrait of Fanny Werner

Description

Image is a formal color portrait of Fanny Werner in her Hospital uniform. Following the death of her husband, Adam, Fanny continued to operate their dairy farm for a time and then took employment as a housekeeper at the Valley Hospital. She took great pride in her work at the Hospital, as she did in maintaining her Homestead.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Fanny Werner 2

Creator

"Creaveg"

Subject

Portrait of Fanny (Eaton) Werner

Description

Image is a portrait of Fanny Eaton taken in England, probably shortly before she came to Alaska in 1929 and subsequently married Adam Werner in 1930.

Location

England

Title

Fanny Werner 3

Creator

Adam Werner

Subject

Fanny Werner In Her Homestead Garden

Description

Image is of Fanny Werner in her garden at the Werner Homestead. The house is partially visible at left. On the photo margin is lettered “My Little Sweetheart Farmer, Adam”.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Fanny Werner 4

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Fanny Werner mowing grass in her Homestead flower garden

Description

Image is of Fanny Werner pushing a lawnmower on her Homestead with flowers and shrubs behind. A portion of chicken wire fence and a log building are also visible behind her.

Location

Matanuska Valley Near Palmer, Alaska

Title

Fanny Werner 5

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Fanny Werner and buildings on her Homestead

Description

Image is of Fanny Werner standing on a portion of her Homestead farm with a log barn building and sheds behind her

Location

Matanuska Valley Near Palmer, Alaska

Title

Fanny Werner 6

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Fanny Werner and buildings on her Homestead

Description

Image is of Fanny Werner standing on a field of her Homestead farm with log barn buildings, flowers and trees behind her.

Location

Matanuska Valley Near Palmer, Alaska

Title

Fanny Werner 7

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Fanny Werner with her Mother & her Mother’s latest husband, Mr. Findlay

Description

Image is of Fanny Werner on the right with her Mother, Eliza Jane (“Jenny”), and her Mother’s latest husband, Mr. Findlay. Following the death of Ed Duncklee, Jenny returned to England in 1954 where she married Mr. Findlay, then returned to visit Fanny on the Werner Homestead where this photo was taken.

Location

Matanuska Valley near Palmer, Alaska

Title

Homestead 5

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Frank Clark’s cabin on Lazy Mt.

Description

Image shows three men building a log house surrounded by dense forest. Men are identified as (l to r) Sam Woolcock, Frank Clark, and Horace (Frenchy) Dufore. The 166 acre Clark Homestead was located on the lower slope of Lazy Mountain above the Matanuska River east of Palmer. Clark raised sheep and sold wool.

Location

Near Palmer, Alaska

Title

Homesteaders 2

Creator

Don Irwin

Subject

Homesteader “Ty” Wilson

Description

Photo is a color image of a man, identified as homesteader “Ty” Wilson standing in a gravel area with trees behind.

Location

Near Knik, Alaska

Title

Homesteaders 3

Creator

Don Irwin

Subject

Homesteader Ann Wilson

Description

Photo is a color image of a woman, identified as homesteader Ann Wilson standing among bushes and flowers, a blue vehicle is partially visible behind and trees beyond. Ann and her husband “Ty” homesteaded on Fairview Loop south of Wasilla, Alaska.

Location

Near Knik, Alaska

Title

Homesteaders 4

Creator

Don Irwin

Subject

: Homesteaders “Ty” Wilson and “Mac” McHenry

Description

Photo is a color image of two men, identified as homesteaders “Ty” Wilson and “Mac” McHenry at the front of a black automobile. Both men homesteaded in the Fairview Loop area south of Wasilla, Alaska. The photo was taken at Fish Creek near Knik, Alaska. Wet socks and boots in the photo may indicate they had been fishing.

Location

Near Knik, 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

Hospital 2

Creator

Ordway

Subject

Nurse in the Palmer hospital operating room

Description

Image is of Nurse Katheryn Powers in the operating room of the Palmer hospital.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Lazy Mt. Home Construction 1

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Men Unloading Concrete Blocks From a Truck

Description

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

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Lazy Mt. Home Construction 2

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Beginning construction of the main permanent building

Description

Image shows the excavation for the main building with footings in place, people and lumber on the floor of the excavation. The well is blocked in at lower left. Heavy forest in middle ground and Lazy Mountain in background

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Lazy Mt. Home Construction 3

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Kenneth Hughes blocking in the well during construction for the first permanent building at the Home

Description

Image shows a man, identified as Kenneth Hughes, laying concrete blocks around the well during construction of the first permanent building at the Home.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Lazy Mt. Home Construction 4

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Children await the laying of the first concrete block of the new building

Description

Image shows a group of resident children waiting for the ceremony to lay the first concrete block in construction of the basement of the new permanent building for the Home.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Lazy Mt. Home Construction 5

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Children await the laying of the first concrete block of the new building

Description

Image shows a group of resident children waiting for the ceremony to lay the first concrete block in construction of the basement of the new permanent building for the Home.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Lazy Mt. Home Construction 6

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Women preparing to lay the first concrete block for the new building

Description

Image shows several women, identified as associated with the Home, holding the first concrete block to be laid in construction of the basement of the new permanent building for the Home. Several children of the Home look on.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Lazy Mt. Home Construction 7

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Woman laying the first concrete block for the new permanent building

Description

Image shows a woman, identified as Vivian, laying down mortar to receive the first concrete block in construction of the basement of the new permanent building for the Home.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Lazy Mt. Home Construction 8

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Concrete block basement under construction for the first permanent building at the Home

Description

Image shows a concrete block basement under construction for the first permanent building at the Home. Identified as being a 40’ x 90’ full basement to house a recreation room, deep freezer, furnace, food storage and more. Workmen are visible, a Quonset Hut is in far middle ground, heavy forest provides the backdrop.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Lazy Mt. Home Construction 9

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Concrete block basement under construction for the first permanent building at the Home

Description

Image shows a concrete block basement under construction for the first permanent building at the Home. Identified as being a 40’ x 90’ full basement to house a recreation room, deep freezer, furnace, food storage and more. The blocked-in well is visible at lower left. Workmen are visible, heavy forest provides the backdrop with Lazy Mountain in background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Lazy Mt. Home Ken Hughes

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Ken Hughes and El Nathan Sign

Description

Image is of Ken Hughes standing beside a sign with directions to the “El Nathan Children’s Home Branch”, which became the Lazy Mt. Children’s Home on Lazy Mountain near Palmer. Mr. Hughes was the founder and director of the new home. A road is visible passing the sign with mountains in background.

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

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

O.O. Krogh Building

Creator

Unknown

Subject

O.O. Krogh building

Description

Image is of Mr. & Mrs. O.O. Krogh, merchants of the community of Matanuska, standing in the doorway of their store. The front of the frame store is prominent with large glass display windows capped with smaller decorative windows, and “O.O. KROGH.” painted above.

Location

Matanuska, Alaska

Title

Palmer Street 15

Creator

Unknown

Subject

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

Description

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

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Palmer Street 18

Creator

Joe Fournelle

Subject

Color 1956 image of Palmer Drug Store with two small boys sitting on a log rail in front and cars parked at the side

Description

This color image shows the south side of Palmer Drug Store with two young boys, identified as John and Joe Fournelle, sitting on a log rail in front. Several parked cars are partially visible at left. Signs are evident. Snow-clad mountains are visible in background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Palmer Teachers 1

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Four Palmer school teachers in 1954-1955

Description

Image is of four women, identified as Palmer teachers Gloria Wilson, Wanda Kauffeld, Joann Farnsworth, and Joyce Campbell. Information furnished with the photo indicates that all began teaching in Palmer in September 1954, with Wanda and Joyce teaching one year, Gloria taught three years and Joann taught in Palmer for 10 years.

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

People 13

Creator

ACME Newspictures

Subject

Oldtimers gather at the Palmer Post Office & Store

Description

This is a press photo image of five men, identified as “Oldtimers” of the area, standing in front of a building exhibiting a sign identifying it as a “Post Office and Gen. Merchandise” store. The story line attached to the photo indicates the men were waiting to welcome the arrival of the Colonists.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

People 14

Creator

Unknown

Subject

John Bugge & Otis Russell

Description

Color image of two men, identified as Otis Russell (left) and homesteader John Bugge, standing in front of one of the log cabins on Bugge’s homestead at Palmer, Alaska. A modern frame building is partially visible behind.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Railroad Freight Office 1

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

People

Description

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

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Railroad Freight Office 2

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

People

Description

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

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Russ & Rusty Dow

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Russ & Rusty Dow at the Palmer Pioneer Home

Description

Image is of Russell (Russ) Dow and his wife Rusty at a dinner at the Palmer Pioneer Home. Russ was a well-known photographer and historian. Rusty was a well-known artist and truck driver throughout the Valley and beyond.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

SCS Palmer staff 1953

Creator

Ray Kent

Subject

Palmer SCS staff in 1953

Description

Image is of the Soil Conservation Service staff at the Palmer office posing in front of a car.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

SCS Staff 1958

Creator

Charles Wilson, Soil Conservation Service

Subject

SCS Staff at Palmer, summer 1958

Description

Image shows the Soil Conservation staff at Palmer during the summer of 1958 posing in front of the Palmer office. Identified as (l to r): Flavia Marcus, Wanda Somerville, Dupree Sanders (detailed from Texas), James DeMent (detailed from Louisiana), Allan Linn, Edna Wehking, Sam Rieger, Cliff Marcus. Not shown is Charles Willson who took the picture. The two detailers were here for the season to conduct soil surveys.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

SCS Staff 1958

Creator

Charles Wilson, Soil Conservation Service

Subject

SCS Staff at Palmer, summer 1958

Description

Image shows the Soil Conservation staff at Palmer during the summer of 1958 posing in front of the Palmer office. Identified as (l to r): Flavia Marcus, Wanda Somerville, Dupree Sanders (detailed from Texas), James DeMent (detailed from Louisiana), Allan Linn, Edna Wehking, Sam Rieger, Cliff Marcus. Not shown is Charles Willson who took the picture. The two detailers were here for the season to conduct soil surveys.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Sawmill 3

Creator

Lew Hanks-USDA Soil Conservation Service

Subject

Sawmill

Description

Image shows a man, identified as Bob Welch, standing next to a portable sawmill in a birch forest setting. The mill carriage and circular saw blade are obvious. A stack of lumber is evident in foreground and logs to be sawn are visible. Two fuel barrels are evident, one with a pump attached. Background is composed of a forest stand. largely composed of slender birch trees. Information associated with the photo indicates this was the only operation in Alaska specializing in producing birch lumber at the time.

Location

Near Knik, Alaska

Title

Soil Scientists

Creator

Art Hawk, Soil Conservation Service

Subject

Soil scientists evaluate a soil sample

Description

Image shows three men, identified as soil scientists (l to r) Bobby Hinton, Dr. Sam Rieger, and Frank Carlisle, inspecting a soil sample drawn from the ground by a soils probe tool. Headquartered in Palmer, they were reviewing soils surveyed and mapped on the Kenai Peninsula. The soil survey is the basic tool of land-use planning in Alaska. SCS technicians use the survey to advise homesteaders on which land is most suitable to clear and the best use for each soil type on the homestead.

Location

Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

Title

Sourdough Women 1

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Home Makers and Sourdough Club woman gathering 1937

Description

Image is of a group of women belonging to Valley Home Makers and Sourdough Clubs gathered at one of the women’s log home under construction. All are identified and referenced to numbers on the photo. One young boy is also present and identified.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

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