records came from the Alaska State Dept. of Natural Resources Recorders
Office. I've included a variety of records, mostly homestead claims, but
there are bill of sales, a couple mining claims, mortgages, homestead
relinquishments, a few probate records, etc. I will be adding to this
page when I find more records.
in mind that there ARE typing errors on this page
Homesteading opened up
in alaska on 5/14/1898 and you could claim an 80 acre homestead. On 3/3/1903,
the rules were changed and you could claim a 320 acre homestead. On 7/8/1916,
the homestead size was reduced to 160 acres. The last homesteads were issued
in the 1980's.
The basic requirements were pretty simple; you had to be 21, or the
head of the household, or you could have served in the military. You
had to be a citizen of the United States or have filed a declaration to
become a citizen (you had to become a citizen before receiving the final
patent to your homestead). You had to live on the homestead for five years
(3 years after 1912) and you had to have a habitable dwelling on your
land (tents didn't qualify). You also had to cultivate at least one eighth
of the homestead in either grain, vegetables or farm stock.
NOTICE: The homestead location papers listed below had no document
numbers on them. The beginning of every "location paper" began with: "I,
the undersigned, hereby claim for homestead purposes, the following described
tract of land..."
After the description of the land was written, the document was
signed and dated by the Knik District Recorder. John Goodell was the Knik
District Recorder until the spring of 1910. H.H.Hildreth was the Knik
District Recorder until the spring of 1911 and Leopold David was the Knik
District Recorder after the spring of 1911.
7/21/1901 Homestead Location Papers: Charles
Ulanky Application 320 acres west shore of Knik Arm, located
on Fish Creek about 20 miles NE of Point McKenzie and 2 miles SW of Knik
Station. Southeast corner post is 1320' south from mouth of Fish Creek
and the northeast corner post is 1340' north from Fish Creek, thence runs
one mile west parallel on each side of Fish Creek. Said homestead includes
fishing station and improvements on Fish Creek used by the Native Indians
of the Knik tribe. Witnesses R. B. Perkins and O. G. Herning
8/13/1905 Homestead Location Papers:
W. D. Elliott south side of Knik Arm near its head and adjoining
on the west, 320 acres. G. W. Palmer homestead being to the east of latter.
Homestead Location Papers: M. J. McKinnon at mouth of
Cottonwood Creek, 6 miles from Knik Trading Station. Witnesses to application
were John Goodell and G. W. Palmer. Eighty rods west of mouth of
Cottonwood Creek, thence north 320 rods to NW corner; thence east 160
rods to corner; thence south 320 rods to corner; thence west following
the meander line of Knik Arm 160 rods to place of beginning. The cabin
in which I reside, on said claim, is 600' from high water line of Knik
Arm and about 900' from the S. E. corner of the claim.
4/20/1906 Homestead Location Papers: B. W.
Hedrick 320 acres West side of Matanuska River
6/21/1906 Homestead Location Papers: J. H.
Carnagey 320 acres East line runs close to and continues
out over the high bank of the Matanuska River on south. It joins H. Thistel ranch at the Junction between the north
line and Watson's Trail. It is about 3 miles from Moose cabin by
6/21/1906 Homestead Location Papers: Harold
Thistel 320 acres East line of this claim runs close to
high bank of Matanuska River and joins J. H. Carnegey's homestead on north.
The junction of Watson's trail and north line is about 4 miles from
Moose cabin by trail.
8/12/1906 Nakeeta Coal Claim
160 acres of coal land, south side of Matanuska River opposite
mouth of Granite Creek.
6/6/1910 Bessie Quartz Mining Claim by James Patchell
and Nakeeta: About
1 mile west of the north fork of Kings Creek in Knik Mining District.
2/12/1907 Homestead Location Papers: Andrew Jackson
Duffy on north bank of Knik Arm and joining G. W. Palmer's
garden and Knik Lake on the west. Witness: D. J. Beahm
2/3/1911 Homestead Location Papers: Orville G. Herning, 320 acres located 9 miles north of Knik, Alaska along what
is known as Herning's Winter Trail Road from Knik to Willow Creek Placer
and Quartz Mines. Witness: A. W. Hall (H.H.Hildreth
4/10/1910 Homestead Location Papers: Geo. A. Gates 160
acres situated 1½ miles NE of the town of Knik on the NW side of
Knik Arm and lies NE of and adjoins the homestead of John J. O'Brien. Witness:
F. B. Cannon (H.H.Hildreth District Recorder)
4/29/1910 Homestead Location Papers: H. W. Mitchell,
beginning at corner 1, situated 100 yards east of mouth of Soldier Creek
Gulch on the high band near mean high water mark; thence following meander
of Knik Arm in a SW direction about 815 yards to a spruce witness post on
the high bank above high tide; thence due west about 420 yards to post 2,
thence due north 1760 yards to birch post marked corner 3 thence due east
880 yards to a birch post marked 4 thence south to post 1 the place of
beginning. Homestead on northerly side of Knik Arm about 1 mile from town
of Knik. Witness W. H. O'Conner (H.H.Hildreth District Recorder)
6/14/1910 Homestead Location Papers: Peter Murray located
on what is known as Vasili Fish Creek
on south side of the creek and about 1/2 mile from the mouth of said creek.
Witness William Elliott.
10/1/1910 Homestead Location Papers: H. McKinnon, 320
acres 6 miles NE of the town of Knik on northerly side of Knik Arm and
adjoins Hughes homestead. Witness Wm. Hughes (H.H.Hildreth District
10/8/1910 Homestead Location Papers: Frank Brown 320
acres said homestead is near head of Knik Arm on south side about 700'
from NE corner of Indian Village church grounds.
Witness J. W. Hamilton. (H.H.Hildreth District Recorder)
7/9/1911 Homestead Location Papers: Percy E. Pitchford, 320
acres post 1 on Burr's Point on the Matanuska River thence north
1/2 mile to stake 2 thence east 1 mile to stake 3 thence 1/2 mile to stake
4 thence west to place of commencement. (Leopold David District Recorder)
10/1910 Homestead Location Papers: J. D. Whitney
160 acres beginning at corner 1 on left bank of Ship Creek, which
is identical with corner 1 of the F. W. Kincaid claim #31, extending
thence east 20 chains, thence north 80 chains, thence west 20 chains,
thence south 80 chains to the place of beginning. Witness: Fred Kincaid
(official survey done 3/22/1911)
10/10/1910 Bill of Sale: Wm. Hughes of Knik, in consideration
of $160, in hand, paid by George W. Palmer of same place, sell, transfer
and deliver to George W. Palmer, the building known
as the Knik House and the building known as the Blacksmith Shop.
Together with contents of Knik House (stoves, dishes, tables, chairs, beds,
bedding) and everything contained in said buildings. Witness: T. E.
10/18/1910 Bill of Sale: Regarding a suit of George W. Palmer
vs. George Purches and Eiline M. Purches against personal property of
said George and Eiline Purches, all right, title and interest in one dwelling
known as the Purches cabin. That at said sale, George
W. Palmer bid $150 for said property, he being the highest and best
bidder. Leopold David Special U.S. Deputy Marshal appointed by the
10/24/1910 Bill of Sale: Between Glenn Names and Daria Names,
his wife, of Hope, Alaska and W. G. Grady. for the sum of $100, paid in
hand, sold to W. G. Grady a building known as Names
Saloon in the town of Knik. Witnesses: Marcus O. Cherry and
J. H. Denny
11/20/1910 Homestead Location Papers: A. G. Swanson, 320 acres
situated on north side of Vasilla Creek and
adjoining the homestead of Peter Murray. Witness: Peter Murray (H.H.Hildreth
12/23/1910 Bill of Sale: E.D. McElroy of Susitna sold to W. G. Grady of Knik, the gasoline launch known as
Launch P.V., which is now at Susitna, Alaska for $200. Witnesses Henry
D. Gallagher and W. H. Nagley
Probate: Estate of A. J. Duffy, administrator
of estate, F. B. Cannon, sold the Pioneer Roadhouse and contents, the cabin
adjoining, the barn, dog house and out buildings connection with said roadhouse
and land on which said building are situated and grounds enclosed by fence
or otherwise known as "Duffy's Property", said right and title being known
as "squatters rights" therein. Property purchased by T. J. McLaughlin
for $580, he being the highest bidder.
H. H. Hildreth Probate Judge.
11/18/1911 Homestead Location Papers: Oliver Cromwell Miller,
320 acres at the Little Susitna Bridge, from this stake, I claim 80 rods
south, thence 80 rods east, thence 320 rods north, thence 160 rods west,
thence 320 rods south, thence 80 rods east to south end, middle stake.
12/29/1911 Notice of Mill Site Location: O. C. Miller
on this day, staked and located 10 acres of land for a mill site near
the top of the hill on the Carle and within 2000' of the Viola Mine.
1/1/1912 Bill of Sale: I, the
undersigned, a Native of Alaska, do hereby sell and transfer to Peter
Murray, for the consideration of the sum of $15 lawful money of the United
States, to me, in hand, paid and the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged,
all my right title and interest to those certain cabins known as Vassila's
Cabins on Palmer's Slough in the Knik District of Alaska. I further
state that I am the owner of said cabins and have a right to sell the same.
Signed Tom Stephan "X" (his mark) Witnesses: Leopold
David and George W. Palmer
3/26/1912 Homestead Location Papers: George Nylen, 320 acres
in Matanuska Valley on north side of Matanuska River and adjoins west side
of Cobb's homestead and about 1 mile east of A. G. Swanson's homestead.
Witnesses: A. G. Swanson, Peter Murray.
4/4/1912 Homestead Location Papers: Tim Calmes, 320 acres,
commencing at SE corner of Miller's water right taken in behalf of Viola
Mine and running 1320' west thence 5380' south thence 2640' east thence
5280 north thence 1320 west to starting point. Locations posted is about
100' west of starting point on what is called the Carle Wagon Road.
4/7/1912 Homestead Location Papers: Peter Hebert, 320
acres west of government road, about 19 miles north of Knik near a camping
place generally called Paradise; thence south 3000', thence west 1320',
thence north 1 mile, thence east 1/2 mile, thence south 1 mile thence west
1320' thence 3000' north to place of beginning.
5/3/1912 Bill of Sale: Sold to Margy King, a cabin known as the Carnegie cabin for value received.
J. F. Sumner Witnesses Ed Miller and Otto Langel
5/10/1912 Bill of Sale: Sold to Mattie A. Herning one tent
house 12'x14' on lot 45' x 75' for $100, situated west of Herning's store
garden in town of Knik, Alaska. Together with all the utensils and all
things on said lot except one "pump" now installed in well which shall be
delivered to Milo Kelly. Sold by O. C. Miller Witnesses: F.
B. Cannon and O.G. Herning
6/7/1912 Homestead Location Papers: Milo Kelly, 320 acres
commencing at canyon on the Little Susitna river thence south 1 mile.
New wagon road runs through about center of homestead. Lines blazed and
corners set. Witness Ross Kinney.
6/17/1912 Homestead Location Papers: Joseph Grimes, 320 acres
located below canyon on Little susitna River and joins the Kelly homestead
on the south, located along new wagon road. Witness Ross Kinney.
7/9/1912 Homestead Location Papers: E. W. Larson, E½
Section 36 T17N R2W and takes in Cottonwood Creek where it enters the
8/19/1912 Homestead Location Papers: A. N. Madsen, 320 acres
located as follows: adjoins Swanson's homestead on the north on Palmer's
Slough Knik Precinct.
8/19/1912 Homestead Location Papers: Rudolph Weiss,
320 acres located as follows: Adjoins Madsen homestead on the north on
Palmer's Slough, Knik Precinct.
11/1/1912 Homestead Location Papers: F. M. Crocker
320 acres NW¼ of Section 10, SW¼ of Section
3, T16N R2W Seward Meridian. Witness: Wm. Hughes
11/18/1912 Homestead Location Papers: Hugh McCaughey,
joining Ralf Wise on east side and George Bylen on west side and lies
between these 2, north of Palmer's Slough.
12/20/1912 Homestead Location Papers: Frank H. Andrews
320 acres located about 19 miles from Knik and alongside of Gold Bullion
3/25/1913 Notice of Location of Mission Site: 80 acres
west shore of Knik Arm about 1/2 mile from Goose Bay. Location is made for Presbyterian Church Mission purposes.
Agent T. P. Howard, witness Walter E. Howard.
5/16/1913 Homestead Location Papers: H. C. Shough, 320
acres joins Grimes homestead on south and is near Little Susitna River
along new government wagon road to Fishhook Creek.
6/6/1913 Homestead Location Papers: John W. Downing, 320
acres located 1½ miles in a westerly direction from town of Knik
and on the Susitna Winter Trail.
8/11/1913 Homestead Location Papers: Ellsworth Shepherd,
320 acres S½ Section 24 T17N R1E located about 24 miles from Knik
in the Matanuska Valley.
9/10/1913 Homestead Location Papers: John Lanquist, the
south 40 acres of Section 22 and the north forty acres of Section 27, T17N
R1E Seward Meridian.
10/24/1913 Homestead Relinquishment: John Loken N½ Section
20 T18N R2E Seward Meridian. Witnesses J. F. Major and Leopold David.
10/27/1913 Homestead Location Papers: John Loken, N½ Section
29 T18N R2E Seward Meridian. Witness Glen J. Blake.
12/28/1913 Homestead Location Papers: Mrs. Estella Dalton, 320
acres land for agricultural purposes, 13½ miles NW of Knik on the
main thoroughfare and I hereby claim this land to be known as the Dalton
Homestead. Witness: Mrs. Delia Rae
12/28/1913 Homestead Location Papers: Martin Leckvold, S½
Section 34 T18N R1E Seward Meridian. Witnesses: Glen Blake and John Loken.
4/8/1914 Notice of Location of Mission Site: The Board of Home Missions of the Presbyterian Church in
the U.S.A. claims the following property at Knik, Alaska, staked by its
agent T. P. Howard for mission purposes. Beginning at a point, the
east corner of the campus of the Knik Public School and running south 1100'
thence west 990' thence north 1100' thence east to the point of beginning
900', being 5 acres more or less.
4/10/1914 Homestead Location Papers: Ira V. Miller
N½ of Section 33 T18N R2W Seward Meridian. Witnesses
A. Wise and W. M. Smith
4/20/1914 Homestead Location papers: John M. Loken 320
acres NW¼ of SW¼ Section 34, SE¼ of Section 33 and
N½ of NE¼ of Section 4 T17N R2E Seward Meridian. Witnesses:
Ira V. Miller and Glen Brake.
4/25/1914 Homestead Location Papers: A. J. Price 320
acres begin at stake 1 located near winter trail, back of Knik Lake, thence
160 rods NW to post 2, thence 160 rods SW to post 3, thence 160 rods to
post 4. Witness Louis Lund.
5/2/1914 Homestead Location Papers: George B. Fisk E½
of SW¼ Section 13, SE¼ of Section 13 in T16N R3W and W½
of SW¼ of Section 18 in T16N R2W Seward Meridian. Witness: C.B.
5/7/1914 Homestead Location Papers: Charley Johnson
S½ of NW¼, N½ of SW¼. SW¼ of
NE¼. NW¼ of SE¼ Section 10 T17N Range 1W Seward Meridian.
5/8/1914 Homestead Location Papers: Curtis Ross W½
of SW¼ Section 16, W½ of NW¼ Section 21, E½
of SE¼ Section 17, E½ of NE¼ Section 20, all in T18N
R2E Seward Meridian. Witness: Adam Werner.
5/9/1914 Homestead Location Papers: William Campbell SW¼
and S½ of SE¼ Section 29 and S½ of SE¼ Section
30 T18N R2E Seward Meridian. Witnesses: James Page, Glenn Brake and W.
5/9/1914 Homestead Location Papers: F. F. Winchester NE¼
of Section 16 and the SE¼ of Section 9 T17N R1E Seward Meridian
Witness: M. M. Kinsinger
5/9/1914 Homestead Location Papers: M. M. Kinsinger NW¼
of Section 15 and SW¼ of Section 10 T17N R1E Seward Meridian.
Witness F. F. Winchester
5/11/1914 Homestead Location Papers: T. S. McDougal
320 acres E½ of NE¼ Section 4 and the NW¼ of
Section 3 and W½ of NE¼ of Section 3 T17N R1E Seward Meridian.
Witness W. J. Bogard
5/18/1914 Homestead Location Papers: Ben Marino W½
of Section 26 T18N R1E Seward Meridian. Witnesses: A. G. Danielson
and G. Danielson
5/20/1914 Homestead Location Papers: J. B. Fleckenstein
E½ of Section 16 T17N R1W Seward Meridian. Witnesses C. C.
Thorpe and F. H. Andrews
5/21/1914 Homestead Location Papers: J. F. Edlund SE¼
of the S½ of the SW¼ Section 13 T17N R1W Seward Meridian.
Witnesses: C. H. Bauer and Sophus Anderson.
5/23/1914 Homestead Location Papers: C. C. Thorpe 320
acres agricultural land located on Government road out of Knik at mile
post 12. Beginning at 12 mile post, I claim 1/4 mile in the northerly
direction and 3/4 mile in southerly direction and 1/4 mile in easterly direction
and 1/4 mile in westerly direction.
5/25/1914 Amended Homestead Papers: J. F. Edlund 240
acres S½ of SE¼ and S½ of SW¼ Section 13
and N½ of NW¼ Section 24 in T17N R1W Seward Meridian. Witnesses
C. H. Bauer and Sophus Anderson
5/26/1914 Homestead Location Papers: Axel Olson S½
Section 3 T17N R1E Seward Meridian. Witnesses: Martin Leckvold and Charles
5/27/1914 Homestead Location Papers: Roy Cornelius SW¼
Section 24 and the N½ of NW¼ of Section 25 and E½
of SE¼ Section 23 T18N R1E Seward Meridian Witness: Curtis
5/28/1914 Homestead Location Papers: Charles A. Larson
320 acres SW¼ Section 19 and the NW¼ Section 30 T18N
R2E Seward Meridian Witnesses: M. Leckvold and Axel Olson
5/28/1914 Homestead Location Papers: Samuel Marsh, E½
of Section 24, T18N R1E Seward Meridian. Witnesses Martin Leckvold and
5/29/1914 Homestead Location Papers: Arthur H. Olson
NE¼ of Section 26, W½ of SE¼ Section 23, E½
of SW¼ Section 23 T18N R1E Seward Meridian Witnesses
Henry Heath and M. Leckvold
5/29/1914 Homestead Location Papers: Dan Greenwalt
N½ of Section 33 T17N R1E Seward Meridian. Witnesses W.
C. Rannells and Robert Taylor.
6/15/1914 Homestead Location Papers: John Parks 320
acres located on Fish Creek, 7 miles from town of Knik and running 1 mile
east to NE corner, thence 1/2 mile south to SE corner, 1 mile west to SW
corner, then 1/2 mile north to NW corner. Witness: John Tomlinson
6/27/1914 Homestead Location Papers: Emil J. Hertel commencing
corner 1, located 1/4 mile NE from mouth of Goose Creek, thence 1/2 mile
easterly, thence 1 mile north, thence 1/2 mile west, thence 1 mile south
to place of beginning, following meander of shore line.
7/3/1914 Location of Trading Site: Miss Edith H. Furman and Miss
Edyth E. VanOrnum 80 acres commencing at post 1, which
is located 1/4 mile NE from mile 16 Government Road, thence 1/4 mile
east to post 2, thence 1/2 mile south to post 3, thence 1/2 mile west
to post 4, thence 1/2 mile north to post 5, thence 1/4 mile east to post
1, place of beginning. Witness Bob Dunlap.
7/15/1914 Homestead Location Papers: C. H. Wilson SW¼
of NW¼ Section 13, W½ of SW¼ of Section 13, NW¼
of NW¼ of Section 24, NE¼ of NE¼ Section 23, E½
of SE¼ Section 14, SE¼ of NE¼ Section 14, all in T16N,
R3W Seward Meridian.
7/29/1914 Homestead Location Papers: Herman Hugh 320
acres E½ of Section 12 T17N R1W Seward Meridian. Witness: J. F.
7/29/1914 Homestead Location Papers: Hans Hugh 320 acres
W½ of Section 7 T17N R1E Seward Meridian. Witness: Herman Hugh
8/3/1914 Homestead Location Papers: Anton Schmidt N½
of Section 28 T18N R1E Seward Meridian. Witnesses G. Danielson, Ben Marino
8/9/1914 Homestead Location Papers: John G. Johnson, N½
of Section 8 T17N R1E Seward Meridian. Witness Gus Haller.
8/28/1914 Homestead Location Papers: Herman Hoppell
commencing at a point on Knik Arm about 80 rods south of Hertel's homestead, SE corner post 1, thence south
1/2 mile to post 2, thence west 1 mile to post 3, thence north 1/2 mile
to post 4 thence east 1 mile to post 1, the place of beginning. Located at
lower end of Goose Bay.
8/31/1914 Homestead Location Papers: Wm. Larson SE¼
of Section 10 and the NE¼ of Section 15 T17N R1E Seward Meridian
Witness: M. M. Kinsinger.
9/5/1914 Homestead Location Papers: Abe Reising
W½ of Section 26, T17N R2W Seward Meridian witness W. G.
9/7/1914 Homestead Location Papers: Wm. Dalton
320 acres S½ of Section 28 T17N R1E Seward Meridian
9/7/1914 Homestead Location Papers: William G. Moffat
NE¼ of Section 34 and the NW¼ of Section 35, all in
T17N R2W witness: Abe Reising
9/7/1914 Homestead Location Papers: E. A. Duncklee
S½ of SW¼ Section 33 T17N R2E and NW¼ of Section
4 T 18N R2E and N½ of SW¼ Section 4 T18N R2E Seward Meridian.
Witnesses J. J. Bugge and C. Martin
9/14/1914 Homestead Location Papers: John Kusturin
S½ of Section 8, T18N R2E Seward Meridian
9/18/1914 Homestead Location Papers: Joe Rasmussen
W½ of Section 5, T17N R2E Seward Meridian. Witnesses: Charley
Martin and Al Walters
9/25/1914 Homestead Location Papers: W. H. Osbron S½
Section 25 T 18N R1W Seward Meridian. Witness Warren Fenton
10/5/1914 Homestead Location Papers: C. W. Dietzel
SE corner stake 1/4 mile from Martin's old log stable with east
corner stake 1/4 mile up Fishhook Creek. The NE corner stake 1 mile up
Little Susitna River, NW corner stake 1/2 mile west of Little Susitna
River. Homestead located 1/2 mile from Fishhook Bridge. Witnesses:
Robert Speck and E.L. Morris
10/14/1914 Homestead Location Papers: Hans L. Walby 320
acres SE¼ of Section 26 and the SW¼ of Section 25 T18N
R1E Seward Meridian. Witnesses M. Leckvold and Chas A. Larson
10/31/1914 Homestead Location Papers: John Springer
320 acres for agricultural purposes starting on the NE corner, post
1, a rocky point on the Matanuska river and adjoining the SE corner of
the Egvits homestead. running 3/4 mile to NW post 2, thence 1/4 mile
to post 5, thence 1/2 mile to SE post 6, thence 3/4 mile to post 1. Witness:
11/1/1914 Homestead Location Papers: John Henderson
NE¼ and E½ of NW¼ and NW¼ of SE¼
and NE¼ of SW¼, all 320 acres in Section 31 T18N R1E Seward
1/7/1915 Homestead Location Papers: Jas. St. Clair
320 acres located in unsurveyed Matanuska farming land facing the
waterfront, joining Joe Jewels claim on west and running east 1/2 mile
and joining Jack Tomlinson's on the east thence 1 mile south to initial
stake which is 1/2 mile north of section line on what is known as Burr's
2/6/1915 Homestead Location Papers: Dennis J. Curtin
W½ of Section 6 T17N R2E Seward Meridian.
2/6/1915 Homestead Location Papers: Con Norberg E½
of Section 6 T17N R2E Seward Meridian.
2/12/1915 Homestead Location Papers: M. R. Hussey 320
acres unsurveyed land supposed to be N½ Section 17 T17N R2E Witness:
2/12/1915 Homestead Location Papers: P. J. Mannion 320
acres unsurveyed land supposed to be S½ Section 17 T17N R2E Seward
Meridian. Witness: Chas Martin
2/20/1915 Homestead Location Papers: F. F. Farrington
320 acres 4½ miles easterly from mile 25½ on Govt. Road
and about 2 miles west of Moose Creek.
3/6/1915 Bill of Sale: That
certain building and ground on which same is situated and which the building
is known as the Railroad Kitchen and which was originally the Names Brothers
Saloon building and which is located at the foot of Main Street in Knik,
opposite the Olympus Bar, is sold to J. M. Woods and I. G. Brown for $500.
Witness Frank Churchill and P. C. O'Donnell
3/13/1915 Homestead Location Papers: Fred Carter 320
acres for agricultural purposes laying north of Jewell homestead and
1/2 mile east of Matanuska Townsite Reserve.
Supposedly the E½ of Section 18 T17N R2E Seward Meridian
3/15/1915 Homestead Location Papers: W. T. Bartlett
beginning at post 1, thence west 160 rods north to post 2, thence east
160 rods to post 3, thence south 160 rods along beach to post 4, thence
160 rods to place of beginning on west side of Knik Arm and about 4 miles
from Goose Bay Cannery.
3/15/1915 Homestead Location Papers: E. E. Clayton beginning
at post 1, 80 rods south of Bartlett homestead, thence west 320 rods
to corner 2, thence south 160 rods to corner 3, thence east along the
beach to corner 4, thence along the beach to post 1, located on west side
of Knik Arm.
3/22/1915 Homestead Location Papers: Wm. A. Perry W½
of the NE¼ and E½ of the NW¼ Section 4 T17N R1E
and the SE¼ Section 33 T18N R1E Seward Meridian
Witness: M. Leckvold
3/23/1915 Building Site Claimed by Paul Hansen: Located
on 1st bench west of Knik Post Office.
3/23/1915 Homestead Location Papers: Oscar Anderson SE¼
of Section 35 T18N R1W and E½ of NE¼ of SE¼ Section
2 and NE¼ of SE¼ of Section 2 and NW¼ of NE¼
of Section 2 Seward Meridian.
3/24/1915 Residence Building Lot Claimed by Helen Brown:
Located 75' x 50', 500' west of Knik Post Office.
3/26/1915 Homestead Location Papers: Albert J. Bailes
W½ of NW¼ Section 9, S½ of SW¼ Section
4, SE¼ Section 4, T18N R2E Seward Meridian.
3/29/1915 Homestead Location Papers: C. E. Carlton N½
Section 8 T18N R2E Seward Meridian.
3/31/1915 Mortgage in Knik: A building known generally as Mrs. Morrison's Roadhouse
and consisting of a building recently erected and buildings purchased
from Natives and remodeled which is on Main Street in the town of Knik
and almost opposite the Pioneer Hotel and between Cobb cabin and the
Simmonds cabin, for the price of $700. Seller is George W. Palmer,
Merchant of Knik. $700 plus 12% interest per annum is charged. If payment
is not made, Mortgagee may take possession of said property using all
necessary force to do so and may sell the building immediately. Witnesses:
G. W. Palmer and H. W. Wilmoth
4/13/1915 Location of Wharf Site: I hereby
claim a piece of ground 45' on each side of this stake, up and down
Knik Arm and 90' back to Davis' Saloon for wharfage purposes. This piece
of ground takes in the beach between Herning's and Palmer's wharf. Signed
Hughes and Pedersen
4/23/1915 Homestead Location Papers: Albert Parmenter.
Unsurveyed land running north and south 1/2 mile and 1 mile east and
west. Situated above Palmer's Canyon on the
left limit of the Matanuska River.
4/24/1915 Homestead Location Papers: P. Lynch 320
unsurveyed acres running north and south 1/2 miles and 1 mile east and
west. Situated about 1/2 mile above Palmer's Canyon
on left limit of the Matanuska River. Witness: Albert Parmenter.
4/24/1915 O. G. Herning, I hereby claim 24' in width
between what is known as the West Annex of the K. T. Co.'s store garden
making a total width of 29' to be used as an entrance and public road
from meantide from Knik Trading Co.'s dock to the first business street
from the beach and with 6' additional width gangway from said dock.
4/24/1915 Homestead Location Papers: B. Killie S½
Section 29 T18N R1E Seward Meridian Witnesses: W. J. Bogard and John
4/25/1915 Homestead Location Papers: Robert Quinn W½
of SW¼ of Section 33 T18N R2E Seward Meridian
4/26/1915 Homestead Location Papers: Niels Norgaard NE¼
Section 32 E½ of SE¼ Section 32 W½ of SW¼
of Section 33 T18N R1E Seward Meridian.
4/26/1915 Homestead Location Papers: Thomas Curtin N½
of Section 23 T18N R1E Seward Meridian.
4/27/1915 Homestead Location Papers: J. A. Moore 320
acres W½ of supposed Section 9 R17N R2E Seward Meridian. Witness
4/28/1915 Homestead Location Papers: S. W. Vail E½
Section 14 T17N R1W Seward Meridian.
4/29/1915 Homestead Location Papers: J. F. Gay NE¼
of S½ of NW¼ and N½ of SW¼ Section 35 T18N
R1W Seward Meridian.
4/29/1915 Homestead Location Papers: Oliver W. Evans Located
at Goose Bay about ½ mile from shore. Post #1 being located at
the NW corner of Deep Sea Salmon Cannery site.
4/30/1915 Homestead Location Papers: R. F. Spicer 320
unsurveyed acres on east side of Matanuska river about 1 mile east of the
south end of Palmer's Canyon. Witness: Arthur
brown and A. D. Brier
5/1/1915 Homestead Location Papers: J. A. Boden NE¼
and S½ of NW¼ and N½ of SW¼ Section 24 T17N
R1W Seward Meridian.
5/3/1915 Homestead Location Papers: Jas A. McLaughlin E½
Section 8 T17N R2E, Seward Meridian. This claim joins Chas Martin on the
south and Moore on the EAst. Witness: Chas. Martin
5/4/1915 Homestead Location Papers: Ed Erickson and S.
A. Marsh E½ Section 25 T18N R1E Seward Meridian
5/4/1915 Homestead Location Papers: B. W. Hoveland 320
unsurveyed acres S½ of Section 2 T18N R2E Seward Meridian
5/7/1915 Homestead Location Papers: Friedrich Ernst Roscher
E½ Section 26 T17N R2W Seward Meridian.
5/12/1915 Homestead Location Papers: J. W. Swank SE¼
of Sec 7 and SW¼ of Sec 8 T18N R1E Seward Meridian Witness: W.
5/14/1915 Homestead Location Papers: G. H. Saindon E
side of Matanuska River at a point known as Palmer's
5/14/1915 Homestead Location Papers: Fred Carlquist East
side of Matanuska River north of Palmer's Canyon.
5/16/1915 Homestead Location Papers (amended): E. L. Saindon W½
Section 8 T18N R2E Seward Meridian witnesses G. H. Saindon and
R. L. Phillips
5/24/1915 Homestead Location Papers: Dan Donovan E½
of Section 24 T17N R2W Seward Meridian
6/7/1915 Bill of Sale: Jack Sutherland, manager of
Cook Inlet Construction Co., Ship Creek, Alaska sold a tent building
for $100, known as Ship Creek Transportation building located on Main
Street Anchorage, to Hank O'Connell. Witnesses Chas Peters and J. M.
6/10/1915 Homestead Location Papers: C. H. Sharp 320
acres of land that lies on right side of the Matanuska river about 4½
miles above Palmer's Canyon and about 1/2
mile south of Wolverine Creek.
6/10/1915 Homestead Location Papers: Ed Houle located
4 miles from Knik in a SW direction on west shore of Knik Arm. Witness
6/11/1915 Homestead Location Papers: Alexander Allma SW¼
of Section 17 and the SE¼ of Section 18 T18N R2E Seward Meridian
6/12/1915 Homestead Location Papers: D. C. Mawhinney SE¼
of Section 2 and SW¼ of Section 1 T18N R2E Seward Meridian
6/12/1915 Homestead Location Papers: G. R. Matheson E½
of NW¼ Section 10 W½ of NE¼ Section 10 and SE¼
Section 3 T18N R2E Seward Meridian
6/14/1915 Homestead Location Papers: Mrs. U. D. Kilborn
320 acres starting at this notice thence 1/2 mile east; thence
1 mile north to NE corner; thence 1/2 mile west to NW corner; thence 1
mile sough to place of beginning. Supposed to be Section 18 T17N R2E and
joins the Matanuska Townsite Reserve. Witnesses
Charles Martin and Mrs. Geneva Hardy
6/14/1915 Homestead Location Papers: John Longworth, 160 acres
SW¼ Section 30 T18N R2E Seward Meridian Witnesses Thos. Curtin and
6/14/1915 Homestead Location Papers: Mrs. Geneva Hardy
This homestead lies south and joins Section 34 T17N R1E, known as
the Matanuska Townsite Reserve.
Witness: Charles Martin
6/19/1915 Homestead Location Papers: J. D. Ferguson W½
of Section 7 T17N R2E Seward Meridian
7/19/1915 Homestead Claimed: I. Blomqvist SE¼ of SE¼
Section 1 T17N R2W and N½ of NE¼ of Section 12 T17N R2W
and S½ of SW¼ Section 6 Township 17N R1W and N½ of
NW¼ Section 7 T17N R1W Seward Meridian
6/28/1915 Homestead Location Papers: John Kandare, 320 acres
W½ Section 3 T16N R1E Seward Meridian, partly unsurveyed and lays
south of section 34 of the Matanuska
Witnesses Charles Martin and Johnson Jones.
6/28/1915 Homestead Location Papers: Johnson Jones,
E½ Section 3 T16N R1E party unsurveyed and lying south of Section
34 of the Matanuska Townsite Reserve. Witnesses
Chas. Martin and John Kandare.
6/29/1915 Homestead Location Papers: William Roberts 320
acres commencing at NE corner and running 1 mile west, thence 1/2 mile
south, thence 1 mile east thence 1/2 mile north. Located 2 miles SE of
Palmer's Canyon on the Matanuska River.
7/11/1915 Homestead Location Papers: J. Bartels commencing
at state 1, about 1¼ miles from Fish Creek, southerly on Knik
Arm, thence 1 mile west, thence 1/2 mile north, thence 1 mile east to
shore of Knik Arm, then 1/2 mile south to place of beginning.
7/12/1915 Homestead Location Papers: Fred Carlson E½
Section 5 T18N R2E Seward Meridian
7/17/1915 Homestead Location Papers: Axel Herman Johnson NW¼
of Section 18, T17N R2E Seward Meridian. Witness: M. W. Kinsinger
7/21/1915 Homestead Location Papers: Henry J. Golightly, NE¼
Section 1 and E½ of SE¼ Section 1 T18N R1E and NW¼
of SW¼ and SW¼ of NW¼ Section 6 T18N R2E Seward Meridian
7/30/1915 Homestead Location Papers: Robert Bloomfield Lothrop
commencing at post planted on west bank of Matanuska River on
south line of Section 6, T18N R3E, westerly 80 chains, thence southerly
40 chains, thence easterly 80 chains, back to Matanuska river, thence
following river back northerly to place of commencement.
8/9/1915 Homestead Location Papers: A. Church 320
acres, I the undersigned having secured the relinquishment of M. R. Hussey
of his homestead, do hereby locate the same as my homestead. 320 acres
of unsurveyed land N½ of Section 17 T17N R2E Seward Meridian. Witness:
8/16/1915 Homestead Location Papers: S. R. MacClinton
320 acres commencing at a post on the west bank of Matanuska River
at junction with Moose Creek thence up the Matanuska River 1/2 mile thence
westerly 80 chains thence to Moose Creek to place of commencement.
9/4/1915 Homestead Location Papers: Mrs. Rose Johnson
SW¼ of Section 19 T17N R2E Seward Meridian
9/18/1915 Homestead Location Papers: John E. Schram
E½ of Section 33 T18N R2W Seward Meridian
9/18/1915 Homestead Location Papers: F. W. Nye W½
of Section 34 T18N R2W Seward Meridian
9/24/1915 Homestead Location Papers: Chas. Scheller
320 acres, E½ of NE¼ Section 9 and NW¼ of Section
10 and W½ of NE¼ Section 10 T17N R2E Seward Meridian
11/4/1915 Homestead Relinquished: Joseph Grimes I
do hereby relinquish this homestead filed for on 6/16/1915 which is near
mile 27 on the road from Knik to Willow Creek. It is impossible for me
to engage in farming at present. Witnesses Leopold David and Anna
11/20/1915 Homestead Location Papers: Pat Crowe W½
Section 7 T17N R2E Seward Meridian
11/24/1915 Homestead Location Papers: Odin A. Olson, 80 acres
W½ of the SW¼ of Section 33 T18N R2E Seward Meridian Witness:
12/9/1915 Homestead Relinquishment Papers: John W. Blase,
E½ of Section 7 T17N R2E. The relinquishment is made without any
valuable consideration, but solely for the reason that I am unable at the
present time to comply with the homestead laws.
12/11/1915 Homestead Location Papers: W. P. Murphy E½
Section 7 T17N R2E Seward Meridian
12/24/1915 Homestead Location Papers: Albert J. Bailes N½
Section 9 T18N R2E Seward Meridian
12/27/1915 Homestead Claim Relinquished: J. H. Mclaughlin
E½ Section 8 T17N R2E Seward Meridian
12/27/1915 Homestead Location Papers: W. G. Stevens E½
Section 8 T17N R2E Seward Meridian
1/17/1916 Homestead Location Papers: G. H. Saindon W½
of Section 17 T17N R2E Seward Meridian
1/28/1916 Homestead Claimed: Jacob Keffeler E½
of NW¼ Section 10, W½ of NE¼ Section 10 and SE¼
of Section 3 T18N R2E Seward Meridian
2/5/1916 Homestead Location Papers: John Rupprecht, NE¼
Section 22, W½ of SE¼ Section 15, SE¼ of SE¼
Section 15 and NE¼ of NW¼ Section 22 T17N R2E Seward Meridian
4/10/1916 Homestead Location Papers: R. S. Hecky, SE¼
of Section 5 T17N R2E Seward Meridian. Witnesses: Alvin Walter and E.A.
4/12/1916 Homestead Location Papers: Davis G. Browner E½
Section 10 T18N R2E Seward Meridian. Witness: M. W. Brown
3/18/1916 Homestead Location Papers: Fred Carlson SE¼
Section 5, the SW¼ of Section 4 T18N R2E Seward Meridian. Witness
A. J. Bailes
4/24/1916 Homestead Location Papers: Fred Carlquist Starting
1/8 mile west of Commission Railroad in a westerly direction along river
bank 1/2 mile, then running in a northerly direction 1 mile, then easterly
1/2 mile then in a southerly direction to true point of beginning. Witnesses
O. E. Davis and M. J. Murford.
4/25/1916 Homestead Location Papers: Herbert Harkness, N½
of Section 23 T18N R2E Seward Meridian. Witness J.H. Evans
5/1/1916 Homestead Location Papers: W. A. Shields, W½
of SE¼ Section 17 T18N R2E Seward Meridian. Witness J.H.Evans.
5/6/1916 Homestead Location Papers: Frank W. Reed located
and improved the piece of land (island) consisting of 80 acres on south
bank of the Knik river near the mouth.
5/16/1916 Bill of Sale: S.S.Cramer of Anchorage, sold, for
$1.00, to Mike Knutson of Anchorage, a 12 ton scow
known as "Burns", now situated at Anchorage and being registered at
Port Townsend, Washington official #165358, also 1 30x30 tarp, 2 15x15 tarps,
3 sets double blocks, 1 long 5/8" cotton line, 1 double jack, 1 4" line,
1 dynamo, 1 switchboard, 1 storage battery, 1 rear start, 1 dingy and 30'
galvanized chain. Witnesses: Carl Almy and Hugh S. O'Neill
5/24/1916 Homestead Location Papers: Sam Blowers, W½ Section
14, T18N R2E, Seward Meridian. Witnesses: George Winters and Arvid Bergstrom.
5/25/1916 Homestead Location Papers: Frank L. White W½
of SW¼ Section 33 T18N R2E Seward Meridian
5/26/1916 Homestead Location Papers: Robert E. Martin
NW¼ Section 26 T17N R2E Seward Meridian
5/26/1916 Homestead Location Papers: Harry Rohm, NE¼
Section 27 T17N R2E Seward Meridian, Witness Robert E. Martin
6/2/1916 Homestead Location Papers: John Morris Jones SE¼
Section 14 and SW¼ of Section 13 in T18N R2E Seward Meridian
6/19/1916 Homestead Location Papers: W. G. Huseman W½
Section 1 T17N R2E Seward Meridian
7/12/1916 Homestead Relinquished: Ira V. Miller NW¼
Section 33 T18N R2E Seward Meridian
7/12/1916 Homestead Location Papers: August H. Carlson
NW¼ Section 33 T18N R2E Seward Meridian Witness: Ira V.
8/9/1916 Homestead Location Papers: Chas. Nelson W½
of the NW¼ of Section 2 and W½ of the SW¼ of Section
2 T18N R2E Seward Meridian Witnesses Geo Nordgren and William Johnson
8/30/1916 Homestead Location Papers: L. R. Moore M.D.
SW¼ of Section 18 T18N R2E Seward Meridian Witness Norma
9/1/1916 Quartz Location Papers: John Bugge American
Eagle Load Claim located 5 miles easterly from Matanuska river
north of Chickaloon, south side of what they call Coal Creek.
3/28/1918 Bill of Sale: Sold one horse, hay rake and 2-horse
mower, now situated on hay ranch near Eklutna, to A.A.Shonbeck of Anchorage
for $1.00. Witnesses: W.T.C.Smith and M.G.Shaw.
4/15/1918 Bill of Sale: R. Matheson sold his half interest
in a boat known as the "Cody" with half interest
in one Cayley engine that is in the Cody boat, anchors and interst in all
equipment and tools on said boat to J.E.Kenney for $150. Witnesses:
W.J.McLeod and Walter Bust.
5/6/1918 Bill of Sale: Freda Courtland of Wasilla sold, to
J.H.Lander, that cer tain building known as Courtland
Roadhouse, at mile 32 on road between Willow Creek and Knik for $150.
Witness: Oscar Tryck.
7/10/1918 Bill of Sale: Jerry C. Murphy of Anchorage sold to Chas.
E. Herron of Anchorage, certain property known as the ANCHORAGE DEMOCRAT, being a weekly newspaper published
at Anchorage, together with all the machinery, type, furniture, fixtures
and supplies on hand; paper and supplies above referred to situate in a building
at 430 G. Street Anchorage. Price of sale $1.00.
7/22/1918 Bill of Sale: Sherman A. Polley sold W.W.Busey
the gasoline launch known as the "Maxine", now
located at Anchorage. Said launch being about 31' long by 7' beam and powered
with a Perfection 8 HP engine, together with masts, furniture, apparel and
tackle for $300. Witnesses: Miss A. Nelson and Leopold David.
8/3/1918 Bill of Sale: We the undersigned, Trustees of the
Alaska Labor Union, do hereby sell to C.G.Bacon,
a piano of the said Union for $300 in payment of 2 months wages as Secretary
of said Union for the months of July and August 1918. Signed T.H.Jeter and
T.G.Berg. Witnesses: C.H.Packhard, Patrick Marion, James A. Wilkinson and
8/17/1918 Homestead Location Papers: J.H.Lander, near mile
32 on Knik-Willow Creek Road about 1/2 miles north of the mouth of Fishhook
Creek on the Little Susitna River (west bank). Witnesses: Robert Stamp and
11/15/1921 Homestead Patent: Adam Werner Serial Patent #
832506 320 acres NW¼ of NE¼ Sec. 20 and E½
of NE¼ Sec. 19 T18N R2E Seward Meridian.
7/25/1922 Land Sold: John Kasturin of Oregon sold to A. J.
Swanson, 160 acres for $500 SW¼ of Section 8 in
T18N of R2E Seward Meridian
5/13/1929 Land Sold: M. D. Snodgrass of Matanuska sold
to P. N. Johnson of Matanuska 3½ acres for $150. S½
of the SE¼ of Section 10, T17N R1E Seward Meridian lying east of
public road known as Matanuska Trunk Road.
I decided to include the following 1934 estate record not only
because John Bodenberg was in the valley so early, but because I found his
homestead possessions very interesting.
8/27/1934 Estate of John Bodenberg sold to Victor
G. Falk $400 E½ of SW¼, SW¼ Section 14 and
SE¼ of SE¼ Section 15 T17N R2
Items in Bodenberg's Estate:
1 potato digger
1 spading fork
1 #4 Polson sled
1 pr. double trees
1 pr. pulley blocks 150'
1 post hold digger
1 hand sled 1
roll bldg. paper 2 stoves
5 1x12 boards
2 logging chains 14 sacks
barley ¼ ton hay
1 ton rye grain
1/2 ton oats 1/2
ton oat straw 1 bureau
1 Coleman lantern 1
bakers scale 1 can coffee
old shot gun
cooking utensils 3 hand saws
1 whip saw
4 cross cut saws
1 saw set 1 saw
clamp 2 squares
1 can hooks
2 wheel cart
1 pair skis
2 iron rakes
2 washtubs 1
blacksmith hammer speed
indicator shoe last
2 tool chests spray
600 egg incubator 100'
3/4" pipe 80' 1" pipe
1 Ford engine
spike tooth harrow garden cultivator
16" walking plow
12" walking plow 6' binder
extra wagon bed
Administrator of Bodenberg Estate: Charles L. Kemp