Early Chugiak Residents / Settlers & Pioneers
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Mary Lue & Glen
Ruth & Dale Briggs Lived
and worked in Alaska
for many years. Both departed
Ken Laughlin 1934 Ken Laughlin files on 160 acres adjoining Siebenthaler's homestead to the east. Laughlin opens what might be called first fast-food service in Chugiak-Eagle River, selling hot dogs and hamburgers to highway crews. Built his cabin above Upper Fire lake in 1935.
Ray Tedrow family
Ida & George Allen George and Ida Allen opened Allen's Grocery at mile 24
Jo & Frank Brink
Eleanor & Art Brendel
Mlva & Walter Peppel In
late 47 they moved into the Lars Nyberg home, right on the road. At that time
operating two other farms, 1 in Palmer, and 1 in Spanard. They came to
Alaska with the colonist in 1936.
Hal Nagel and Family
Vesta & Pete Marimans
Marie & Jim Mcdowel MooseHorn
Trading Post "opened in the summer 1946"
Margaret & Paul
Swanson Swanny Slopes
Cloise & Justin Parks
Less and Dotty Fetrow Both departed
& Reese Tatro
the shore of mirror lake Grace and Reese Tatro started building. Reese
had lived & worked in Alaska for many years. Reece
& Gracie Tatro had a hamburger and ice cream shop in Peters Creek at about
mile 22. They called it the Dairy Delight and it was a popular “Sunday
drive” destination for many people. Today, the Dairy Delight has morphed into
Bella Vista Pizza.
& Vernon Haik 1947
mile 20 Vern and Elma Haik were coming along with their cabin. Next year they
would start construction of Spring Creek Lodge.
& Gib Reid
Gib departed 7/14/2008...
Gib departed 7/14/2008...Eileen departed August 3, 2014
& Henning Johnson
and Simon Media
Both departed... Bobby & Simon lived out
their last years in Black Diamond, WA.
Both departed... Bobby & Simon lived out their last years in Black Diamond, WA.
& Joe Newman Came
from Holy Cross, Alaska on the western Yukon River.
Dolly Whaley Of Eagle River
Mildred & Roger Ball
and Bob Stewart Homesteaded
at a later date about Mile 21
and Glen Rogers 1947
at mile 23. Glenn put up a place where he later started the first bar in
Chugiak. Reid's borrowed a small tent from them early on.
Kathy & Ollie Walker
& John Stockhausen On 15 Sep. 1947 John Stockhousen pulled; with his
1˝ ton Chev. 4x4; Reid's
Wanagan down the road from Simon's property near Moose Horn Trading Post; onto
our homestead at mile 18.
Edmunds "Edmonds Lake" Leased his property from the Territory, and worked for Road Commission.
occupied a cabin on the old Crusey homestead
Pat & Martin Tuttle
Peters' Creak, Leo had started a place.
Milten Wyatt 1947 Wyatt quickly threw up a log cabin on the Homesite next to the Fetrows at mile 19.
& Micky Green
& John Davis
Wayne & Mickie Dickey (not sure of spelling)
Eleanor Waterman Chugiak Elementary School Teacher
& Russ Oberg
Wallace Extended Family Jeanette & Francis Wallace, Arthur F Wallace, Ella & Thillman F Wallace, Mike Wallace, Jim Wallace
Lillian & Jim Polyefko
Cleda & Bill Stephens
Lorraine & Art Johnson Information from Son Johnny Johnson 2/17/2010
Harriet “Rusty” Bellringer Harriet
S. "Rusty" Bellringer. Ph.D., died Aug. 2, 2003 settled in Peters
Creek 1951. "The Knik Arm Courier" This weekly newspaper was
edited and published by Rusty Bellringer from 1960-1973
Elfie & Tom Towne Elfie departed Sept. 2, 2007
Joyce & Fred
was Mike's mentor for Ham Radio. Thanks Fred
Joyce & Fred Sawyer Fred was Mike's mentor for Ham Radio. Thanks Fred
Esther & Reverend Wayne Hull " Minister of Chugiak Methodist Church" Wayne departed April 23, 2001, Esther Departed ?
Rachel & Reverend Ernest H. Jones "Ernie" Minister at Chugiak Methodist Church in 1962
Robert Schoonmaker Born March 18, 1931, in Portland, Maine. He served in the Air Force and was a seaman in the U.S. Merchant Marines. He moved to Alaska in 1949, residing in Chugiak 1949-52, 1953-64, and 1978-2006.
to Chugiak in 1960 and taught music at Chugiak and Eagle River elementary
Bucky Morse Teacher at Chugiak School
12/20/2020... Mike, Just though you may want to correct the name for my father Bucky Morse. We moved from Chugiak in 1963 to a logging camp in Rodman Bay till 1965 when we moved to NW Oklahoma for 3 years. From there we moved to NW Arkansas where he still lives today. My mother Louise who also retired from teaching school passed in 1999.
Thanks for the correction Leslie !
at Chugiak School
Carol Witherell Teacher at Chugiak School
Joy McGladrey Music Teacher
at Chugiak School Hance Ence Ben Ernst
Donna Joy McGladrey Music Teacher at Chugiak School