September 15, 2004
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Pole Will Honor the Ketchikan Native Community; Israel Shotridge
Commissioned To Carve 40' Totem Pole for KIC Health Clinic
- The Ketchikan Indian Corporation recently commissioned
Tlingit Master Carver Israel Shotridge to carve a 40' western
red cedar into a totem pole to honor the Ketchikan Native Community.
Once finished, this pole will be placed at the Ketchikan Indian
Community Health Clinic.
This huge 40' totem pole will
represent three tribes - the Tlingit, Haida & Tsimpshian
people. There are no main animal figures being carved on this
magnificent totem, except the eagle and raven. The eagle and
raven will be at the top of the totem and will represent all
the people. - More...
Wednesday - September 15, 2004
The Alaska Army National
Guard, Detachment 7, Company A, 3rd Battalion (Scout),
297 Infantry building in Ketchikan, Alaska...
Photo by Dick Kauffman
National Guard Troops in Ketchikan Mobilized - In the first
federal call-up of an Alaska National Guard infantry unit since
World War II, a company of Army National Guard troops - including
troops from Ketchikan - was mobilized last Friday by Governor
Frank Murkowski as part of an involuntary call-up of guard units
from several states to support the war in Iraq.
About 130 soldiers of A Company,
Third Battalion (Scout), 297th Infantry of the 207th Infantry
Group (Scout) headquartered in Juneau were activated by the call.
Their activation is expected to last up to 18 months.
Sgt. Blankenship said there
are 9 Ketchikan troops plus one guardsman from Metlakatla who
are being called to active duty. He declined to name the local
troops with orders to report. - More...
Wednesday - September 15, 2004
June Allen Column
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Koel, Baker to Banker; An eccentric philanthropist John Koel
was a well-known figure in Ketchikan from the day he arrived
in 1901 to the day he died in 1946. The eldest son of German
immigrants who settled in the Midwest, Koel was a 38-year-old
confirmed bachelor, a slight man with high cheekbones, a small
mustache and a tidy bankroll he had saved to finance his adventure
in Alaska. A baker by trade and already a canny businessman when
he alighted on the steamship dock, he quickly toured the new
city of Ketchikan and almost immediately opened the OK Bakery
on Dock Street, near the intersection with Main Street. - Read
the rest of this story by June Allen...
Tuesday - September 07, 2004
Gillam: A Tragic Final Flight; Ketchikan remembers the search
'Fish House Tessie'; She was proud of the nickname
Golden Heart City; A story of its founding
'Swede' Risland (1915-1991);The town's most memorable logger
Deepwater Highway; A part of Alaska history
American Legionnaires; Here's to 'the boys' of Post #3 -
Cruise Ship Industry; A light-hearted look at its origins
First City Players; Did you hear that applause?
biography of Alaska's herring: A little fish of huge importance...
Read more stories by June Allen...
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