Martin and John Bugge
By Pam Grender
October 24, 2006
I was delighted to find your article on the web, regarding my
Great Uncle Martin, who my family always referred to as Magnus.
My dad was named after Magnus Bugge, my grandmother's brother,
who left their Minnesota farmhome to settle in Ketchikan, Alaska.
My dad, who is now 84, gave me a wonderful photo album full
of pictures saved through the years, by my grandmother. There
are pictures of both Magnus and his brother, John Bugge, who
was a homestead farmer in Palmer, Alaska.
I was thrilled to find an
old photo of my aunt and friends standing on the seawall "dam"
at Bugge Beach. There are also pictures of two sod huts, one
labeled "Alaska." I know they both built houses eventually,
but perhaps one of them started out in a sod hut.
Neither my dad nor I ever
had the good fortune to meet these industrious, hearty and colorful
men, but your wonderful story has entertained a good number
of my family members ever since I happened to discover it. I
think we all feel a little closer to Magnus and John, as well
as to a place called Ketchikan.
Received October 19, 2006 - Published October 24, 2006
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MARTIN BUGGE'S BEACH: Part of the 1915
Gold Nugget Claims By
JUNE ALLEN - Some people call it by one of its names, Rotary
Beach. Others call it by another, Bugge Beach. It's a popular
saltwater swimmin' hole and beachside park area at Mile 3.5 or
so on South Tongass Highway. A natural tidewater mini-bay between
natural rock formations formed a high-tide pond, the neck which
was dammed with a rock-and-cement breakwater many years ago to
create a "bathing pool." The long, narrow strip of
Bugge Beach is pocked with tide pools for discovering marine
life and there's dry land for picnic tables and play. It's one
of the few beach playgrounds along Ketchikan's road system. -
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