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Arthur Yates Memorial Hospital Building
By Doris Tobin Bordine


November 07, 2011
Monday PM

I, too, think the building should be preserved. I fully agree with Mary Henrikson that it could be used as a visitor center. If it is, I would be willing to donate a visitor's sign-in book that we had in the magazine office/store for signing since the 1940s. It has a copper tooled cover and is about 12' x 18' in size with maybe 50 pages. It now resides in our family cabin at Willard (near Stevenson) Washington. My daughter-in-law has laminated some of the pages. Comments made by the visitors are precious.

I also have at least one of Beth Eberhart's paintings. She was mentioned in one of the Sitnews' letters. I would be interested in selling them.

The building housed the editorial offices of "The Alaska Sportsman," the Alaska Specialties gift store, apartments upstairs where many school teachers lived, and our war-time apartment, downstairs, consisting of 3 rooms: my cubby hole of a bedroom, a kitchen and a living room/bedroom (the folks slept on a daveno bed/sofa).

That makes it of historical significance to me.

Celebrating God's grace,

Doris Tobin Bordine
Eagle River, AK

About: "I am the daughter of Emery and Clara Tobin who published "The Alaska Sportsman" magazine from the Yates Building and annex. born, reared. educated and married in Ketchikan I hold the town dear to my heart. "

Received November 05, 2011 - Published November 07, 2011


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