January 12, 2004
June Allen Column
Photographer: Harriet Elizabeth Hunt; Donor: Ketchikan Public
Courtesy Tongass Historical Society
Ladies, for the Library; From Bookcase to Building(s) - One
thing Ketchikan's founding fathers didn't think of was a library.
In their 1900 petition for Incorporation of the city - and thereby
for the ability to qualify for outside assistance as well as
the right to raise local taxes to pay for community needs - one
of the first things those men had been thinking of was the need
for a school. In fact, there were those fellows who were certain
their down-south sweethearts or wives would refuse to join them
in the wilds of Revilla Island if there were no school for their
children! And so the first schoolhouse was promptly built. As
mothers arrived with their children and newcomer families also
began to arrive, Ketchikan promised to grow. And it was the women
of Ketchikan who thought immediately of the need for a library.
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