SOUTH CENTRAL ALASKA
MARRIAGE, BIRTH, DEATH,
MURDER, SUICIDE, RESCUE, COURT CASES
Misc. 1886 - 1972
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The article says that the native woman reported that she had been originally attacked by Mr. Wickersham on July 4th. She told him at that time she would not allow him to beat her again. On August 16, Mr. Wickersham, who was drunk, started to attack the native woman with a sheaf knife. After being cut on her hands, she shot her husband with a .32 Savage automatic three times. One shot grazed the left side of his head, the second shot entered the neck and lodged in his spine and the third shot entered his hip. Lee Harrison contacted the Deputy Marshal Frank Hoffman and told him of the shooting.
A coroners jury produced a verdict saying that Jess Wickersham had been killed by gunshot wounds at the hands of his common-law wife. The body was taken to Chickaloon and placed on the railroad speeder car and sent to Anchorage. The Marshall found a still at the cabin, that was not in use, as well as four gallons of moonshine, both were destroyed immediately.
The newspaper article gives a brief description of Jess Wickersham. He was reportedly well known in Anchorage and the surrounding territory and was about 48 years old. He was a veteran of the Spanish American war. The newspaper reported that he had wealthy relatives in Arkansas. Mr. Wickersham was survived by his native wife and their three children, the oldest one being 2 and the youngest being 6 months.
The native woman was arrested and brought to Anchorage and lodged in the federal jail, along with her youngest child. She was to face a grand jury for the shooting.
Jesse C. Wickersham was buried at the Anchorage Cemetery.
NOTE: The article does not say who the native woman is.
I feel fairly certain that the woman was Anne (Nicolai)
Wickersham (who later married Lee Harrison). I searched the
Anchorage criminal files for 1924 and found no mention of a trial,
so I'm assuming that she was not charged with anything.
5/1/1925 FRANK FLECKENSTEIN beaten to death by a Dillingham Native man (in Dillingham)
Mysterious Attack Follows Departure of Victim from Party Anchorage Times 6/12/1925
Deputy U.S. Marshal Hurlburt and Commissioner Ralph V. Anderson of Seldovia arrived in Kenai to investigate the death of Mrs. Sergy Pete, an Indian woman, 50 years of age, who was killed last Saturday night during a party which was located between Kenai and the McNeil & Libby cannery. Two daughters and a son of the victim were present and their testimony indicated that the woman left the tent and was attacked. The woman was strangled and severely cut on the back of her neck with a knife. The daughters of the murdered woman told authorities they knew who committed the murder. The husband of the woman is Sergy Pete, who was in Anchorage (in jail for fishing violations) at the time.
DEATH Alaska Weekly 1/25/1929
John Loken, pioneer rancher of the Matanuska Valley, killed when fast moving belt attached to a wood saw caught his clothes and hurled him violently to the ground. Mr. Loken had been operating the saw while his wife removed the wood as it was sawed. The engine was not working properly and Mr. Loken stepped around to the side to make an adjustment. The next thing Mrs. Loken knew, her husband was being whirled around; apparently having been caught by the belt, and he had made two revolutions before the tearing of his clothing released him. Neighbors were summoned, but there seemed to be little that could be done but await the return of the train from the coal mines. The injured man was carried to Palmer Station on an improvised stretcher and the journey to town was made in the caboose attached to the train. Owing to the swollen condition of his jaws, Mr. Loken could not talk and during most of the journey to Anchorage, he appeared to be in a semi-conscious condition. Mr. Loken was one of the most widely known farmers of Matanuska Valley and his farm is one of the best in the North, being situated just east of Palmer Station, between the branch line and Matanuska River. The homestead was take up in 1914. In recent years, the oldtimer has had the assistance of a very helpful wife, able and willing to work with him in the field as well as in their fine two-story home.
DEATH Daily News Miner 11/8/1930
(extracted by Sandra Davis)
Autopsy Held Sunday Fails to Reveal Crime
Anchorage Times 2/9/1931
An autopsy was held yesterday afternoon in Anchorage to determine the cause of the death of Alfred Danieloff and Billie Stephan who were burned in a cabin in Kenai on 12/23/1931 which will result in clearing Steve Ephim of charges of manslaughter. At the time of the finding of the bodies in the ruins of the cabin, the evidence showed that the door had been locked from the outside before the fire. Steve Ephim, the owner of the cabin, told different stories upon being taken into custody and questioned. X -ray pictures of the supposed wounds failed to show any depth to the holes. There was no evidence of the passage of a bullet through the body and the heart and lungs were normal and intact. A woman also died in the fire, but she hasn't been identified yet. Ephim, now held in Kenai on charges of manslaughter will soon be released.
DEATH Death Summons Valley Farmer Anchorage Times 4/6/1931
Matanuska Valley lost one of it's pioneer farmers last night in the passing of W. J. (Jesse) Bogard who died at his farm a few miles from Matanuska. His illness assumed a serious aspect yesterday and a call was sent to Anchorage for a speeder to
take him to the hospital. He died before the speeder arrived. George S. Moshier, who owns the homestead next to Bogard and Gerrit Snider of Wasilla were in charge of the body on it's way to Anchorage. Bogard had a sister in Boise, Idaho.
NOTE: The next three newspaper articles just baffled me. The unfairness of it all!!
MURDER OF CHIEF GOODLATAW
Native Slain; White Jailed Anchorage Times 1932
After being missing for five days, the bullet riddled body of CHIEF GOODLATAW, a native and resident of nearby Chitina, was found Saturday, buried in the turnip patch of R.L. Reed, about two miles from Chitina. Reed has been taken into custody and is being questioned by the authorities. It is known that Reed has had trouble lately with the natives and it is thought that there may be some connection. Reed is reported to have had several encounters with the law in the past due to liquor violations and only recently it is stated that his home was the scene of a drunken brawl in which Reed was severely beaten by some of the other natives.
MURDER OF CHIEF GOODLATAW CONTINUED
Chitna Paper Tells of Native's Murder: Clue Found in Ashes Anchorage Times 6/6/1932
Details of the finding of the body of Joe Goodlataw, widely known native of the Chitina District, are related in the 5/29/1932 issue of the Chitina Herald as follows: Joe Goodlataw who is the son of the late Chief of the native tribe, went out on Monday at 11:00 at Eight Mile. He told his wife he would be back soon. He took no gun with him so it is certain he did not go hunting. Captain Goodlataw, as he is known, has been missing for the last six days. Natives hunted all over for him but couldn't find a trace. Some people thought he was at Mr. Reed's, where he frequently goes, so they got a search warrant and some of the officials went out and made a careful inspection of the place. While hunting they found the ashes of a recent fire and in the ashes found some shoe eyelets, buttons and buckles from Goodlataw's clothing. While they were hunting, Frank Billum found a pair of stockings and a belt behind some moss and under a stump. So they sent into town and got 15 shovels and set 15 men to work digging for his body in a turnip patch which is about 1/4 acre in size. When they were about half done with it they found Goodlataw's body about 1 ½ feet in the ground on solid frost, so it was in good condition except for a bullet hole in the neck and the back. They brought him into town and packed his body in ice so it would keep until a doctor could come to town to perform an autopsy. They are trying to get an attorney from Anchorage. Mr. Reed has been charged with murder and is in the custody of the Marshal at present.
SHOCKING CONCLUSION OF MURDER OF CHIEF GOODLATAW
Evidence Lacking in Slaying Trial Anchorage Times 12/20/1932
Inability of the government sufficiently to connect the defendant R.L. Reed with the death of Captain Goodlataw, native of Chitina, resulted in a verdict of not guilty. The jury deliberated for 7 hours. The murder trial was held in Valdez court and took 4 days. The jury consisted of: Mrs. A. S. Day, E. C. Edgerton, Mrs. M. Gravelle, Mrs. Ted Johnson, Owen E. Meals, W. H. Palmer, Isabelle Streeter, Todd Winter of Valdez; W. W. Jones, Robert Manthey, Roy Neville and Mrs. Hilma Urie of Seward. According to testimony, Captain Goodlataw left his home in Chitina on 5/23/32 to visit relatives residing 8 miles out of Chitina on the Richardson Highway. He left his home about 11:00 in the morning, promising to return about 9:00 in the evening the same day. So far as known he was not seen on the road to 8 Mile that day nor did he return home that night nor the following day. A messenger sent to 8 Mile reported that he had not arrived at that place. A search instituted by the Natives between Chitina and 4 Mile revealed no trace of the missing man. A later search by the Natives between 8 Mile and 4 Mile did not yield any results. It was alleged that there was a deep enmity between Reed and Goodlataw and actions of the former during the search by the Natives excited their suspicion that he might have had a part in the mysterious disappearance of Goodlataw. On 5/29/32, armed with a search warrant, Deputy Marshal Nels Sobby and U. S. Commissioner Q.A. Nelson visited the Reed homestead to search the place for intoxicating liquor. They searched the property with the aid of several Natives from Chitina and found several kegs of moonshine. In the ashes of a fire (near the turnip patch) the also found some buttons, shoe nails and other articles and under a stump they found a belt and a pair of heavy German socks that belonged to Goodlataw. Commissioner Nelson gave the natives permission to dig in the turnip patch and after three or four hours of work the body of Goodlataw was found buried in the patch, minus shoes socks and trousers. An examination of the body revealed three bullets had entered the body from behind, any one of which would have been fatal according to Dr. W.H. Chase of Cordova.A loaded .30 government rifle, an auto loading shotgun, loaded and a revolver, also loaded were found in the cabin of Reed. At the conclusion of the government's case, Attorney's Donohoe and Taylor, for the defense, made a motion for a directed verdict of not guilty on the grounds of insufficient evidence to connect the defendant with the commission of the crime charged. The defendant did not take the stand or speak on his own behalf. Argument to the jury was opened by Attorney Taylor for the defense. He was followed by Assistant U.S. Attorney J. L. Reed, and he in turn was followed by Attorney Donohoe. Closing argument was made by U.S. Attorney W. N. Cuddy.
DEATH Anchoage Daily Times 9/27/1932
Frank Dougherty, a resident of Matanuska Valley for 15 years and a pioneer of the northland, died at his cabin near Wasilla Sunday night. He was found yesterday by Sam Kelly, who visited the old-timer daily to assist him in getting in his wood and preparing his meals. Death came quietly while the old-timer was dozing in his chair. The cabin known as the Dougherty cabin, is about half a mile out the Knik Road from Wasilla. The funeral was to have been held at Wasilla this afternoon. The deceased who was 72 years old, went to Fortymile District from Wasilla two years ago, intending to try his hand at mining again after a residence of more than a dozen years in the farming belt. But he returned to Wasilla last spring, unsuccessful in his quest for paystreaks and with the years bearing down rather heavily upon him.
SUICIDE Seattle Daily Times 2/3/1933 (extracted by Sandra Davis)
Samuel King, an old-time trapper, took his life by shooting himself at Wasilla Wednesday, coroner's deputies reported yesterday. His body was brought here by airplane.
DEATH Anchorage Times 2/14/1934
A fire about 6:00 Friday morning completely destroyed the home of Mrs. Nick Sablatking, native, and burned to death George Nicolai and Alexie Gregorieff, both natives according to the Valdez Miner newspaper on January 20th. The bodies were taken to Tatitlek on the gas launch "Pansy" for burial.
DEATH Anchorage Times 1/30/1935
Mrs. Barcillia Stephan from Montana Station on the Alaska Railroad died in an Anchorage hospital 1/30/1935
Chief Ezi of the Once Powerful Eklutnas Is Given Colorful Adieu Anchorage Times2/24/1935
Covered in a beautiful fringed and highly colored blanket, and with another warm blanket beside him, and wearing a strikingly designed, new, pair of mukluks, and attired in a new suit of clothes and other garnishments, Chief Ezi, for many years the respected idol of the once powerful tribe of Eklutna's, was laid to rest in the Anchorage Cemetery. Mourned by scores of his people who were present, and also honored by a number of white friends, the old Chieftain was lowered into the grave as men, women and children of his tribe chanted in Russian and as the burial ritual was recited in Russian by Mrs. Billy Austin. The old Chief rests beneath a “TOP” house, largest of the kind seen in this region, made by his own sons and placed above the grave yesterday immediately after the service and burial. The house stands 5 feet above the grave, is 6½ feet long and 3½ feet wide. Over the house rises a large wooden cross, cut out of a log in one solid piece. The services continued for 2 hours and were characterized with numerous songs, chants and readings, all in Russian, according to the ritual of the Orthodox Greek Catholic Church in who’s faith they had been reared and trained from childhood.
John Goodlataw Drops Dead While Working Jonesville Anchorage Daily times 2/22/1935
John Goodlataw, employee for the Alaska Railroad dropped dead while shoveling coal at Jonesville.He is survived by a widow and little daughters, who are at Jonesville. Before coming here, it is believed the family lived in Cordova
DEATH Anchorage Times 2/20/1935
Mrs. Lugila Nickolai, native, passed away at an Anchorage hospital after an illness of several days. Her son Tommy Nickolai is now in Anchorage.
DEATH Anchorage Times 3/28/1935
Funeral for the late Chief Nicholai is at 3:00 tomorrow. All friends are welcome
MURDER 1/11/1937 & 1/12/1937 (Herning Diary)
Palmer School teacher Zelda King murdered by her former husband ____ Pinkerton 11/12/1936. He tried to kill himself by jumping into a river, but was rescued.
SEARCH PARTY-DEATH ASSUMED 7/4/1937
On 7/4/1937, Shem Pete went to the U.S. Commissioner in Talkeetna and requested a search party to find Kroto Chelatna (that is the spelling on the actual record, but it should be spelled Chijuk). Shem told authorities that Chijuk had disappeared from his home during the latter part of May, after he went on a bear hunt and failed to return. Two men were sent to investigate and found nothing except some spots of blood on a mattress and pillow at Chijuk's cabin. Assumed dead.
The Alaska Miner Fairbanks 8/23/1938
Eklutna, a ghost town north of Anchorage, was brought back to life by death. The Native Village, which was abandoned 20 years ago, was the scene of activity Sunday when the remains of Indian Jim, a former resident of Eklutna were brought back to this place for burial
The Alaska Miner Fairbanks 9/6/1938
The deserted Eklutna Indian Village was alive last week as Natives from the section held a potlatch and buried Indian Jim, old-timer of the Matanuska Valley. Until his death, this village had been deserted by Natives came from Knik, fish camps along Cook Inlet and other points to conduct the funeral. Every house was filled.
FOUR MURDERS Department of Natural Resources Recorders Office Archives 9/13/1939
While investigating the murder (shot in the head) of Richard A. Francis in the Willow and Ruby Creek area (45 miles from Talkeetna), it was discovered that the cabin of Frank W. and Helena Z. Jenkins (who also had a cabin in that vicinity) was locked and no one was home. Knowing that the Jenkins were supposed to be at their cabin, and knowing that there were ill feelings between the Jenkins and the dead man, an investigation began. A search party was authorized to find Mr. & Mrs. Jenkins and Joy Brittell who was working for the Jenkins. The search party found Mr. & Mrs. Jenkins murdered on the trail, covered with weeds, grass and snow, with only one boot visible. There was no sign of Joy Brittell. Several days later, Frank Lee, a ferry boat operator at Talkeetna, found the body of Joy Brittell which was about 20' off the trail and 150 yards from the Jenkins cabin. All bodies were taken to Talkeetna and then Anchorage for autopsies.
DEATH Fairbanks Daily News Miner 5/31/1940
DEATH Anchorage Times 12/22/1942 Page 1
A report reaching Anchorage today reveals the death of Capt. "Slivers" McNeil, a native who lived in the Wasilla district for many years. "Slivers", as he was known to all who knew him, is said to have frozen to death last Friday night on the trail between Wasilla and the point where he had killed a moose. He had been in to Wasilla after downing the animal and it was on his return trip that he died. He was about 40 years old. It is reported here, that he was buried by his native friends in their own burial ground.
DEATH Herning Diaries 2/9/1943
George Grennan, age 84 died in the Palmer Hospital, he had been a Matanuska Valley farmer for 28 years
DEATH Herning Diaries 6/7/1943
Major Kermit Roosevelt, son of Theodore Roosevelt, committed suicide 6/4/1943 and was buried in the Fort Richardson cemetery.
DEATH Herning Diaries 8/5/1943
Gus Geller died.
DEATH Herning Diaries 1/3/1944
Jacob Metz, old time rancher, died today at Palmer Hospital.
DEATH Herning Diaries 6/21/1944
Adam Werner, old time rancher, died today at Palmer
SUICIDE Anchorage Times 2/7/1944 Page 1
Thomas McNeil, 37, died of a self inflicted gunshot wound last Friday near Palmer. According to evidence brought before a coroner's jury, the man shot himself with a 30.30 hunting rifle. McNeil, a trapper, is survived by a sister, Myrtle, a brother Victor and his father, Malcolm McNeil. Haines funeral Parlors have the body in charge.
DEATH Milwaukee Journal 10/8/1945
Carol Lucille Stephan, age 5, died after a short illness at the Matanuska Valley Hospital. She leaves behind her parents, Harold and Carol Stephan of Moose Creek
Road and 4 sisters.
DEATH Herning Diaries 1/23/1945
George Nylen died in the Sitka Pioneer Home
DEATH Herning Diaries 2/19/1945
E. B. "Buck" Sparling, old time prospector, died at Willow Creek
DEATH Herning Diaries 3/13/1945
Mrs. Pearl Horning died at Seattle, she worked for years at quartz mining in the Willow Creek District.
DEATH Herning Diaries 3/13/1945
Old Chris Gustafson of Nelchuk Mine died in Anchorage.
DEATH Herning Diaries 3/23/1945
Reported that M. J. McNeil, ex-squawman from Sunny Knik died with a stroke in Fairview farming District.
DEATH Herning Diaries 3/24/1945
A. J. Swanson, old time stock man, died at Palmer after 30 years of ranching and horse raising at Matanuska.
DEATH Anchorage Times 3/28/1945
The lives of four women and two sailors were claimed by the icy waters of Kupreanoff Straits on Sunday night when their boat capsized in rough waters on their way home from a movie. The party of six was returning home to Afognak, north of Kodiak. On their return trip the motor of the small boat failed and the two sailors left in a small dory to return to Latnik to get help. While they were gone, the craft capsized in rough water. The women were Mrs. Sophie Nelson, mother of 5 and her sister-in-law Jessie Nelson, mother of 2, Jean Mitchell, mother of 1 and her cousin, Augusta Gregorieff all of Afognak. The names of the Navy serviceman were being withheld. The only body recovered as of press time was Jessie Nelson.
DEATH Anchorage Times 4/28/1945
Margaret Longcarp, 17, student at Eklutna school, died 4/27/1945 in a Palmer hospital. She had been sick for a long time with Hodgkins disease.
DEATH Herning Diaries 10/19/1946
Mrs. J. B. Fleckenstein died.
DEATH Herning Diaries 1/4/1947
Mrs. Neil Browne Sr. died.
Orville George Herning died 4/18/1947 - Came to Alaska in 1898, had a general store at Knik from 1906-1917 and a general store at Wasilla from 1917-1947. Charter member of the Willow Creek Mining District. Buried in Anchorage with wife and youngest son.
DEATH 9/25/1947 (information found in the Talkeetna Recorders records)
John Cuculich found dead 9/25/1947, 400' from his cabin, close
to Clear Creek. Body had fallen forward and still had his hat
on and was holding his gun; apparent heart attack; no other injuries.
Body found by Reino Koivu, a friend; buried by Reino Koivu, Harold B.
Coleman and John Zulich.
Blind Man Steps Off Road To Miss Death Anchorage Times 5/4/1950
Two law enforcement agencies are carrying on a joint search today for a hit-and-run driver who fatally injured Annie Stephan, 64 year old native woman, early Wednesday on the Willow Creek road near Wasilla. Mrs. Stephan, member of a large and widely known clan, was killed when a speeding vehicle bore down on her blind companion, Nick McNeil. Mrs. Stephan's neck was broken by the impact. Her skull was fractured and she was badly cut. McNeil, known in the area as "Blind Nick" heard the car or truck approaching and stepped off the road. However, he was injured when Mrs. Stephan's body was hurled across the road with such force as to knock him down. McNeil's shouts for help aroused the dead woman's children who were asleep in the Stephan cabin about 100 yards away. The driver of the death vehicle, meanwhile left the scene. McNeil was unable to tell whether the vehicle was a car or truck but told investigators that it was running without a muffler. On that slender clue, Deputy Marshal Bill Bouwens of Palmer and Patrolman Stanley Laird of the Highway patrol have been trying to find the driver. The spot where the accident happened is about a mile north of Wasilla on a road known both as Willow Creek Road and as Fishhook Road. Funeral services were held for Mrs. Stephan at Knik.
NOTE: This tragedy took place at
mile 1 on Wasilla Fishhook Road which is where Blind Nick's cabin was. Also
at mile one was the Stephan cabin (Rufe and Annie Stephan and children Irene,
Doris and James). This information was found in a personal notebook of Thomas
"Pat" Carter of Wasilla (mid-to late 1940's). Is Rufe Stephan's wife
Annie the same Annie that was killed in 1950? Additional side note from Mr.
Carter's notebook said that Victor McNeil owned the land that Blind Nick's
cabin sat on.
DEATH 4/19/1951 Ellenburg (Washington) Daily Record
The Alaska Native Services Hospital reported the death, yesterday,
of Aunt Sally Fox, an Indian said to have been 115 years old. She had been
hospitalized for a year.
DEATH Eugene Register-Guard
2/18/1954 (extracted by Sandra Davis)
Trapped by a fire which blocked exits, a 26-year-old mother of three boys died with two of them in a cabin blaze at Knik, 30 miles southwest of here early Wednesday.
7 Year old Murdered, Dillingham Man Held Anchorage Times 8/18/1956
A Dillingham cannery worker is in Federal Jail here charged with the murder of a 7 year old boy. He is Robert Henry, 40, of Momokutuk, Chief Deputy U. S. Marshal, James Chenoweth said Henry is charged with second degree murder in the fatal shooting of young Billy Nikiti, May 10th. The child's body was reported to have been buried shortly after he was shot in the back of the head with a .22 caliber rifle. Details of the shooting are not known. Henry is a native of Togiak, also near Dillingham. He was arrested August 11th.
DEATH Family of Five Found Dead Near Iliamna Anchorage Times 1/6/1956
The frozen bodies of a Newhalen family of five were found buried in drifting snow 14 miles north of Igiugig near Lake Iliamna. Forty year old Simeon Wassela and his wife Catherine, 35, a daughter, Xanie 17, a 7 year old son and an infant were found frozen to death. Lt. Dick Jensen and scanner, Murphy Nickolai said the family apparently died of exposure as their dog team was nearing it's destination in the 50 mile trip from Newhalen to Iguigig. Only 2 of the 9 dogs the family took on the trip were found alive. Wassela left with three other families on the journey December 27th, but lagged behind soon after their departure. Nothing was thought of their absence at first because it was thought they were taking a different trail. However, when they didn't arrive in Igiugig, several days later, Wassela's brother, Ira, reported them missing to CAA.
Copper Center Man Is Slain; Suspect Held Anchorage Times 4/4/1956 page 1
A Copper Center man was found shot to death in the yard in front of his cabin last night, Territorial Police said here today. The police said five bullet wounds were found in the body of JOHNNY JOE, about 30. They said the owner of the cabin, identified as Austin P. Davis 30, has been taken into custody. Joe's body was discovered about 8:00. the cabin is located on the Richardson Highway near the Klutina River bridge. Preliminary investigation indicates Joe was shot to death in the Davis cabin. As Joe lay on the floor, four more bullets were pumped into his body. Austin P. Davis has been arraigned on a manslaughter charge and his bail set at $1000 at Copper Center. Davis and Joe were reported to be unemployed. Joe lived with his father near the Tazlina River. Davis, formerly lived in Homer and California. Copper Center is about 200 miles northwest of Anchorage and is the site of an Indian village.
DEATH Sophie R. Joe, 23, Dies Here Anchorage Times 5/27/1958 page 13
Sophie r. Joe, 23, of Scammon Bay, died at the Alaska Native Hospital after a five month confinement. She was born at Scammon Bay 8/6/1934 and is survived by her husband, Mike Joe, and a brother, Ralph Johnson of Anchorage. Funeral services will be tomorrow at 10 a.m. at the Evergreen Memorial Chapel. Eric Tetpon, assistant pastor to Rev. Job Kokochuruk of the Evangelical Covenant Mission of Anchorage will officiate. Interment will be at Evergreen Memorial Park.
DEATH Knik Arm Courier 10/7/1959
Sophia Prokopioff age 38, was killed in car accident at mile 33 Glenn Hiway. Husband Steve Prokopioff suffered broken foot in accident. Simon Chilligan and five other family memberswere also in the car. Max Yakasoff was driving the car too fast and could not negotiate the turn.
DEATH Knik Arm Courier 11/25/1959
Dick Evans age 47 was found frozen to death near his home on 1 1/ 20/1959, no foul play suspected. Evans, born at Knik, lived at Eklutna for a number of years and was the postmaster there and taught at the vocational school at Eklutna at one time. Only one living relative, Ruth Ezi, of Eklutna, a 3rd cousin.
DEATH Anchorage Times 8/31/1962
Ponto Eugene Goozmer, age 10 months, of Tyonek died at A.N.S. Born 10/6/1961 at Tyonek, he leaves his mother Barbara Goozmer and grandfather, Pedro Goozmer both of Tyonek.
DEATH Knik Arm Courier 3/20/1963
Nick Theodore of Eklutna died early Monday morning, apparently from a broken neck sustained from a fall from an upper bunk bed. Theodore was born 10/15/1907 in Knik. He is survived by 2 brothers, Mike and Bailey and 2 nephews, Bailey Jr. and Everett.
DEATH Knik Arm Courier 3/15/1965
Funeral for Olga Ondola who died last week at Birchwood. She was born at Eklutna in 1912. Survived by 4 sons: Geoerge, Carl, Roy and Jerry; 4 daughters Mrs. Gilbert Rosenberg, Mrs. Frank Wirth, Dorothy Cook and Georgiana Ondola. Also survived by sister Gronia Baird and 2 brothers, Mike and Roy Alex of Eklutna.
DEATH Knik Arm Courier 8/31/1965
Everett Theodore age 25 of Knik drowned 8/30/1965. Oscar Munson of Birchwood, told police that Theodore had taken a 14' dory, equipped with an outboard motor, across the Arm to Knik where he picked up his father, Bailey Theodore Sr. Then they began a return trip to Birchwood to pick up Munson and the three men were going to go to Fire Island to fish. According to Theodore Sr., the boat was about 300' from Birchwood shore when his son stood up and fell overboard. The father piloted the dory back and forth over the area, trying to find his son, but couldn't.
DEATH Knik Arm Courier 6/15/1966
Harry W. Theodore and Bailey Theodore killed in car accident at mile 24 Old Glenn Highway. Harry's wife Helen was taken to ANS and later died. Accident happend when mail truck driven by Gerald Roy Allen of Palmer collided with the Bailey's.
DEATH Knik Arm Courier 12/14/1966
Joseph G. Chilligan of Eklutna, probable victim of a heart attack, found by Mike Alex, frozen in the back yard of Carl E. Nelson. Survived by wife Pauline and five children: David, Irene, Lora, Norman and Herman of Eklutna and son George and daugahter Mrs. Doris Collins of Ft. Graham, Alaska and a sister Anne Toughluck of Talkeetna. Burial will be at Eklutna.
DEATH Knik Arm Courier 1/18/1967 and 1/25/1967
Ruth (Stephan) Ezi, age 59, thought to be victim of a fire which destroyed a frame cabin at Eklutna. According to Mike Alex, Chief of the Eklutna's, Mrs. Ezi, to whom the cabin belonged, had been seen shortly before the fire by two men who had cut wood for her. She had been staying with Mr. and Mrs. George Allen, but had returned to the village and had been seen in the cabin earlier that morning. Alex said he discovered the fire and called State Police. The Chugiak Fire Company responded with an ambulance because their truck was out of commission. The cabin was completely involved. Alex said human remains were throught to be found.
Funeral services for Ruth (Stephan) Ezi, age 59, were held at
St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox church at Eklutna; servies were held by Father
Oskolkoff. Her remains were found in the ashes of her burned cabin. Mrs.
Ezi was born 6/ 10/1908 at Knik. She is survived by her estranged husband
Peter Ezi Sr. of Eklutna and her son, Peter Ezi Jr. of Anchorage, and a
daughter Alberta Stephan of Eklutna.
DEATH Knik Arm Courier 10/23/1968
Peter Ezi Sr. died in a cabin (built in 1923) fire at Eklutna. He was born 12/18/1903 at Knik. Worked for the railroad and commercial fishing. Husband of Ruth Ezi who also died in a cabin fire a year earlier. Children: Peter Ezi Jr. and Alberta Stephan. Also survived by a brother Bill Ezi.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ DEATH Knik Arm Courier 6/19/1968
Rupert D. Baird of Eklutna died 6/15/1968 and is buried at Eklutna. He was born in Bloomfield, Iowa 2/12/1899 and came to the Matanuska Valley in 1928. Survived by wife Gronia (Alex) Baird, 2 daughters: Mrs. John Fullenwider and Mrs. Gaylord Stevens, and one son Robert Baird.
DEATH Knik Arm Courier 8/9/1972
Bill Ezi, a member of the Eklutna Indians but spent most of his recent years at his home up the Knik River. He died 8/5/1972 in Anchorage. He is survived by 4 sons: William Jr., James, Benjamin and Samual, and one daughter Elizabeth Mills of Anchorage.
DEATH Knik Arm Courier
THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WAS EXTRACTED FROM THE DIARIES OF
O.G. HERNING WHO CAME TO KNIK IN 1898. HE OPERATED A TRADING POST
AT KNIK FROM 1906 UNTIL 1917 AND A GENERAL STORE AT WASILLA FROM 1917 UNTIL
HIS DEATH IN 1947. THE DATES YOU SEE HERE ARE DIARY ENTRY DATES NOT NECESSARILY
EVENT DATES. MR. HERNING WAS NOT A GOOD SPELLER,
SO SOME OF THESE NAMES ARE PHONETIC SPELLINGS. KEEP IN
MIND THAT THE NAMES AND INFORMATION PERTAIN TO PEOPLE WHO LIVED/WORKED
(PRIMARILY) IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALASKA...AND MORE SPECIFICALLY,
KNIK, WASILLA, MATANUSKA JUNCTION, SUSITNA STATION, ANCHORAGE
1/29/1906 Matt Miller body found at head of Bay buried
8/13/1906 Elmer R. Herning age 10 buried at Knik/grave moved to Anchorage 1947
3/17/1907 John Headburg of Knik married the Talkeetna slave woman*
*Census records show that her name was Nastasa
(it also says she was Aleut born 1886).
6/10/1908 Evan Orloff died at Knik (assumed buried at Knik).
11/15/1908 James String and Maud Rose Mason both of Susitna married
6/27/1911 Dr. Cowen of Knik married
12/20/1911 Harry St. Clair died at Glacier Creek
1/6/1912 D. C. Wisner died at Knik buried at Knik
6/27/1912 Capt. Ward’s baby died at the Station (probably Susitna Station?)
7/13/1912 Jack (also called Hanson) and Inga (both Native) married at
Susitna, witnessed by Mrs. Nagley and a Native named Jacko.
4/27/1913 Larson’s son Jacko died (assumed buried at Knik)
10/21/1913 John Travers killed by slide at Gold Bullion Mine Willow Creek Mining District
6/25/1914 John Young committed suicide by tying Evinrude motor around neck and jumping
into Goose Bay buried at Knik.
3/17/1914 Sherman of Knik married Mrs. Dalton #1
5/19/1914 Old man Hunter died lived at Old Knik
2/11/1915 Mrs. Carrie buried at Knik
2/14/1915 R. E. Romano funeral with Masonic honors (assumed buried at Knik)
3/20/1915 Adam Block of Seldovia died at Sitka Pioneer Home
4/16/1915 Tom Hanmore died at Iliamna
7/22/1915 P. J. McDonald married Miss Longmire at Knik
10/26/1915 Una Pettit Mansfield (underworld woman) died at Knik hospital of pneumonia
1/15/1916 Unnamed man died-buried at Knik (cook at Cannon’s Knik Roadhouse)
2/1/1916 Mr. Styles of Hope died in Anchorage (brother of Dr. Dugan)
1/15/1917 H. C. Emery and Bert Steward killed in snow slide at Martins
Mine Willow Creek Mining District.
11/28/1917 Meehan baby (1st death at Wasilla) (assumed baby buried on homestead)
3/5/1918 Agent Jackson at Matanuska died
11/25/1918 Six Natives died of the flu at the Station (assumed Susitna Station?)
3/27/1919 Getchell (old-timer) married Frank Kelly Wasilla
6/10/1919 Unnamed man died at mile 32 mining camp
4/29/1920 W. A. Black died at mile 174 of railroad
2/4/1921 Mrs. Sparks married soldier from Matanuska Junction named Monroe
3/28/1921 Mrs. W. A. Black died at Anchorage
8/22/1921 Byron Bartholf Jr. died in Willow Creek mining accident buried Anchorage
9/10/1921 Mr. Kimball, Anchorage storekeeper, died in Anchorage.
9/13/1921 Joe Laubner was killed in Talkeetna Mine Willow Creek Mining District
12/13/1921 George Small got married in Anchorage
12/1/1922 Railroad conductor Sessions died
1/16/1922 William “Bill” Hughes of Knik died buried Anchorage
5/27/1922 Lander and Niemann married in Anchorage
7/22/1922 Unnamed RR man killed mile 277½ when railroad bridge collapsed killing engineer.
6/15/1923 F. B. Cannon died at Wasilla buried Anchorage (Postmaster-Commissioner of Wasilla)
7/26/1923 Mrs. Capt. Ward died at Anchorage
9/12/1923 Mrs. Al Davis died
1/21/1924 Dave McGinnis killed in snow plow accident
5/17/1924 Frank E. Young died at Anchorage
11/10/1923 August Carlson died at Anchorage
11/21/1923 Dr. Leopold David died US Commissioner at Knik 1910, 1st Mayor of Anchorage, buried at Anchorage.
11/28/1923 Dan McArdle died at Anchorage.
8/5/1924 Zink and Springstein married at Fairbanks
3/26/1925 C. A. Gooding died at Anchorage.
3/26/1925 Jerry Murphy died at Anchorage.
4/20/1925 Dave England died at Anchorage.
5/22/1925 Frank Fleckenstein murdered in Dillingham buried in Anchorage.
2/1/1926 Dave Reedy died on his trap line
3/14/1926 Stanley Herning married Eva Fleckenstein in Wasilla
6/21/1926 Mrs. W. A. Johnson died in Anchorage Susitna Roadhouse keeper
8/6/1926 George Haslett died in Cordova
8/13/1926 J. J. O’Brian of Knik died in Anchorage hospital
8/24/1926 Clo King married John Chamberlin in Fairbanks
11/5/1926 Mrs. Gust Haller died in Anchorage (skull fracture by train in Wasilla)
10/15/1927 Chief Nakela died (assumed buried in Knik)
10/19/1927 Clarence Marsh married at Nenana
11/9/1927 Chris Sterns (old timer) died in Portland
12/28/1927 Mary Vail married _____ Phelps (4th husband)
3/17/1928 James Girdwood died in New York (Crow Creek prospector 1896)
3/1928 Mrs. W. E. Bartholf died stateside age 74
7/27/1928 Baldwin (railroad man) died
10/6/1928 Al Harper died
10/6/1928 Fred Simmons died
10/10/1928 Mrs. Murray of Knik (moved to Palmer Station) died
11/22/1928 Tuck (old agent) married 6’ tall Texan girl Wasilla
1/28/1929 Charles Magaha died at Anchorage
6/10/1929 Henry Fischer died
2/8/1929 Charles Magaha funeral buried at Anchorage
4/11/1930 George W. Palmer died (suicide) Kenai buried Anchorage (to Alaska 1893 merchant)
7/6/1930 Harry Lander of Wasilla died in Michigan
11/28/1930 J. W. Kempf died at Anchorage (old time Willow Creek prospector)
2/10/1936 Fern, a Native girl died (not sure where, or where buried)
3/28/1936 George Sexton died at Seward (in Alaska 38 years)
4/22/1936 Mr. Machell died at Anchorage
7/8/1936 Mrs. Oscar Tryck died buried at Anchorage
8/2/1936 Edward Fries died at Palmer hospital (old time rancher) buried at Palmer
8/28/1936 Harry Vail died age 49
12/11/1936 H. H. Healy died at Susitna Station
12/11/1936 Leckwold died
1/22/1927 Eckman died at Anchorage (furniture man)
5/28/1937 Jim Murray’s son died at Cache Creek Willow Creek Mining District
8/19/1937 Frank Churchill died buried at Knik in McGuire Cemetery to Alaska 1898
11/28/1937 Tom Cavanaugh died at Knik beer hall
4/17/1937 Frank Hoffman died in Anchorage US Marshall
5/25/1937 Dorothy Hill and Peter Nelson married
5/28/1937 Miss Pryer Wasilla schoolmarm married
8/5/1937 Dr. Romig married again
8/8/1937 Wanda Soper married
9/2/1937 Pat Snider married in Anchorage
2/1/1938 Mrs. Oscar Bergman died in Anchorage
4/28/1938 Oscar Bergman died in Anchorage railroad section man
9/17/1939 Sharon Fleckenstein married Florence Strigga Edlund at Wasilla
10/8/1938 Mrs. McNeil of Knik died
2/24/1939 Harvey J. Bartholf died age 70
7/27/1939 Wasilla agent Browne’s oldest daughter married Arlo the Caterpillar man
12/2/1939 Mr. Redwood died in Palmer hospital (old timer)
2/22/1940 Word arrived in Wasilla that Pete Snider died on Navy boat in Honolulu
2/6/1940 George Zink died at Portland
2/9/1940 Harry Staycer died at his Crow Creek Mine (ex-marshal of Anchorage)
8/27/1940 John Thomas died at Willow Station
9/3/1940 Trusty Kelly died of pneumonia
5/11/1940 Kenneth Soper married Monte Edlunds wife
5/14/1940 Elizabeth Bergman married at Anchorage
7/4/1940 Jack Slumberger married
4/3/1941 Mattie Vail died in auto accident buried Palmer (came to valley 1915)
2/7/1941 Mrs. Fred Simmons of Knik died (old timer)
2/8/1941 Mr. Wilson of Knik died at Sitka Pioneer Home (Knik old timer)
4/11/1941 Vic Blodgett died
7/8/1941 Mrs. Dan Donovan died
7/9/1941 Bill Taylor died at Sitka Pioneer Home
9/16/1941 Anna Simmons died
6/26/1942 Hi Gill died
2/21/1942 Nels Larsen died at Palmer hospital
6/4/1943 Major Kermit Roosevelt died at Ft. Richardson (suicide) son of Teddy Roosevelt
8/5/1943 Gus Geller died
1/3/1944 Jacob Metz died at Palmer (old time rancher)
6/21/1944 Adam Werner died at Palmer (old time rancher)
12/2/1944 McAllen died at Fairbanks (ex-Willow Creek Mining District supervisor)
1/23/1945 George Nylen died at Sitka Pioneer Home (old time Matanuska farmer)
2/19/1944 E. B. Buck Sparling died (old time Willow Creek prospector)
3/13/1944 Pearl Horning died in Seattle (old time Willow Creek quartz miner)
3/13/1944 Chris Gustafson of Nelchuck Mine died in Anchorage
3/23/1945 M. J. McNeil of Fairview Farm District died (old timer)
3/24/1945 A. J. Swanson died at Palmer (ranched in valley 30 years)
4/14/1945 Mrs. W. S. Horning died (old time miner)
4/11/1944 A. O. Wells died (old time miner)
6/8/1944 Mrs. Sexton died (Colonist)
11/23/1944 Ernie Pyles wife died age 44
6/2/1946 O. O. Krogh died in California (old time Matanuska store keeper)
1/20/1946 L. V. Rae died at Seward (lawyer, partner of Leopold David)
3/2/1946 Chas J. Tecklenberg died stateside buried in Seward (old timer)
4/6/1946 T. W. Hawkins died age 78
5/15/1946 Red Jack Bartell age 86 died (old Cook Inlet boat captain)
10.20/1946 Mrs. J. B. Fleckenstein died in Anchorage
9/30/1946 Ray Morrison married Virginia Browne at Wasilla
4/18/1947 Orville G. Herning died at Anchorage (to Alaska 1898, merchant 1906-1947)
1948 N. J. Gaikema died buried Anchorage
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