By Al Johnson
February 23, 2007
Ms Pamela Stevens Dunn wrote: "My father was the manager
of the Stedman Hotel from 1949 to 1952. He was recruited by Limon
Ferris from the east coast where he was the general manager for
the Sumit Resort. My Father's office was located on the second
floor in the room containing cupola room. I remember visiting
my Father, Howard Stevens, there."
As I read the story on the Stedman, I recalled to my wife that
my Father, Elmer G. Johnson CPA was employed by Marshall Crutcher
who was one of the first CPA's in Alaska. The office was in the
cupola as well. The years were prior to l949. I recall the office
as one that was wide open with a business fence between the waiting
area containing hardback chairs of which I presently own two.
The business side where the desk were located, were accessed
by a swinging gate in the low fence. The setting was much like
early frontier day scenes of banking offices. The location of
the professionals within the cupola lent a feeling of royalty
where low voices were used in all conversations.
I can recall the Chamber of Commerce had their lunch meetings
in the dining/ball room, the old travel agency, owned by Cliff
Taro at one time,was located next to the cafe and the gathering
of all the local professional busy bodies for coffee and such.
Nice to have the memories brought back.
Received February 22, 2007 - Published February 23, 2006
Stedman Hotel... By Pamela (Stevens) Dunn - Centennial, Colorado
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Remembering Gordon Zerbetz and the
old Stedman Hotel By
JUNE ALLEN - It was well after midnight on a black and rainy
Ketchikan, Alaska, night in late August 1964 when Stedman Hotel
owner/manager, Gordon Zerbetz himself, welcomed my family and
me to his hotel. We Allens, seven of us, were clutching luggage,
paper bags and candy wrappers or comic books, and still lurching
a little on unaccustomed sea-legs after the long State Ferry
journey south from Haines. We had begun our long and tiring adventure
in far-to-the-north Fairbanks en route to Ketchikan, our destination..
Our five tired and cranky children were whining and complaining.
Tuesday PM - February 20, 2007
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