May 2, 1935 page 3
Start Migration Soon
Iron River--Departure of the five
Iron county families who will participate in Uncle Sam's epoch-making farm
migration to Alaska has been set for approximately May 10.
Miss Eleanor Savolainen, district rural
rehabilitation supervisor, reports that the families have signed their
contracts and are now getting ready for the trip. They will, according
to tentative arrangements, be routed to Seattle, via St. Paul. They
will board a ship at Seattle May 15. In Matanuska valley they will
join 200 other Michigan families, and many from other mid-western states.
According to the contracts, the families must
remain in Alaska for 30 years, with the rehabilitation corporation paying
all initial expenses. The selectees promise to pay back the money when
their farms are on a paying basis. The land in the Matanuska valley is
fertile, and requires very little cultivation.
May 3, 1935 page 8
Off to Alaska Pioneer Honeymoon
by hope of a new start in a land of plenty, these happy couples are off on a
pioneer's honeymoon in far-away Alaska, quitting their homes in northern
Minnesota to become members of the federal colony being established in the
Matanuska valley. George Lemmon and his wife, left, were married three
months ago and Guilford Lemmon and his bride, right, just before the start
of their 3500-mile journey to their 40-acre farms in the northland.
May 4, 1935 page 3
67 Wisconsin Families Will Move on to Alaska
Madison, Wis., May 4--(AP)--Sixty-seven
Wisconsin farm families Friday were notified of their selection as members
of the Wisconsin contingent which this month moves on to Alaska in search of
a better life from the soil of the Matanuska valley.
One of the families to make the long trek to Uncle Sam's most
northerly possession has 12 members while others are only two. The
average family is four in number. They were selected from hundreds of
There will be 183 children and 134 adults in the Wisconsin
group, making a total of 317. Seventy-five of the children are under
five years of age, 73 are between 5 and 12, and 36 are 12 or more years old.
The Wisconsin farm families are part of a group of 200
being sent to Alaska in the FERA Rural Rehabilitation division's plan to
remove worthy families from the relief rolls or land which offers a
precarious livelihood at best to the relatively fertile soil of the
All Eager to Leave
The families were selected on their ability to farm, their
physical condition, dependability and willingness to engage in cooperative
enterprises. Mrs. Winifred Ferguson, field representative of the
Wisconsin Emergency Relief administration, selected the families after a
long survey throughout the state.
"They are all very eager and exceptionally enthusiastic
over the prospect of carving out new and better homes in Alaska," she said.
"I tried to discourage every applicant to determine whether he was
half-hearted about the matter. I painted a not too bright picture of
Alaska to many, but virtually all were ready and eager to gamble hard work
and hardships against a chance to become independent."
Tomorrow the prospective Alaska settlers will load their
choicest belongings on freight trains. They are limited to 2,000
pounds so most are expected to leave behind inexpensive furniture,
machinery, etc., and to take musical instruments, and any other articles
having a monetary or sentimental value.
The families will be picked up by two trains and conveyed
to Seattle where they are scheduled to embark on the army transport St.
Mihiel which left San Francisco carrying a group of settlers from Minnesota.
Big Group from Oneida
Wisconsin's representatives in the government's
"colonization" program come from 20 counties. The largest county group
is that from Oneida which is sending nine families.
Food and tools will be provided by the FERA and livestock
furnished to stock the pioneers' farms. Each family is to be allotted
40 acres of farm land and a farm home and other buildings all with a total
value of $3,000. The initial cash outlay will be repaid to the
government over a 30-year period.
Wisconsin families selected for the project follow:
Ashland county--George Novak, Butternut; Runar Mattson,
Ashland, Route 4.
Bayfield county--Albert Covert, Cable; Walter Ferguson,
Burnett county--Scottie Runyan, Hertel.
Douglas county--George Connors, Henry Keonen, both of
South Range; Carl Ellison, John Lake and Bernard Reitan, all of Superior;
William Smith, Bennett; August Rascke, Wentworth; and Joseph Ubert, Town of
Barron county--Oscar Beylund and Joe Dragseth, both of
Rice Lake, Route 3; Joseph Puhl and Clarence Sorenson, both of Rice Lake.
Mercer Man to Go
Forest county--Lester Monroe, Hiles; Frank Hess, Cavour;
Lawrence Arndt, Nelma.
Iron county--Eugene Juvette, Mercer.
Lincoln county--Joe Lentz, and William Lentz, both of
Route 4, Merrill; William Schultz and Victor Yohn, both of Route 1,
Marinette county--Joseph Ring and Einer Huseby, Pembine.
Oconto county--Ferber Bailey, Route 5, Lena; John E.
Church and Paul Nelson, both of Route 1, Mountain; Harry Campbell, Abrams;
Earl Barry, Oconto; Cecil Kurtz, Suring.
Oneida county--Carl Erickson and William Boens, both of
Rhinelander; Victor Johnson, Harshaw; Martin Soyk, Route 1, Minocqua; Henry
Roughan, Monico; Frank Worden, Route 1, Three Lakes; Otis Brown, Route 2,
Pelican Lake; Raymond Greise, Starks; Allen Sexton, Route 1, Pelican Lake.
Polk county--Harry Nichols, Luck; Perle Archer,
Price county--Henry Larose, Jr., Philips.
Sheboygan county--Edgar Carman, Route 2, Elkhart Lake;
Berton Gessler, Sheboygan Falls; John Herman, Plymouth.
From Other Countries (sic; likely should be 'counties')
Sawyer county--Archie Larson, Round Lake; Howard McKenzie
and Edgar Deland, both of Winter; Paul Walport, Stone Lake, and Clarence
Taylor county--Nicholas Weiler, Star route, Medford;
Bernard Gulberg, Route 3, Medford.
Trempealeau county--Neil Miller, Blair; Leonard Herreid,
Florence county--Robert Biller, and Ballard Dean, Fence;
Neil Taylor and Harry Jensen, Tipler.
Dunn county--Leroy Hamann, Downing.
Washburn county--Walter Clayton, Star route, Spooner;
James Johnston, Chris Anderson, Claire Lafram and Arthur Nelson, all of
May 6, 1935 page 5
Families Pack Up For Alaska
Alaskan Colonists Leave This Week for Seattle to Begin
Rhinelander, May 6--(AP)--Fired with
the zeal of early American colonists, some with adventure, others with
independence as their goal, 67 families from the wastelands of Wisconsin
today were packing for their journey to the fertile fields of Alaska's
The 317 men, women and children of the
Badger branch of the government's new FERA colony will leave from here,
Green Bay, Superior and St. Paul by train this weekend for Seattle where
they will embark on the sea leg of the trip.
Grimly, they have prepared for the
hardships that were predicted. The Alaskan picture was not painted too
bright, lest some fancy a new paradise after harrowing years here.
Demands Are Small
Those who have felt the sting of
Wisconsin's bitter blizzards or the blaze of the summer sun on parched
scrublands wonder if Alaska with all its rough climate and unsettled
frontiers can make earning a livelihood more difficult than it has been
The Martin Soyks of Minocqua, for instance.
Their demands of a paradise are small after their years here.
"We're going to Alaska," said Mrs. Soyk
with an inflection of thrilled awe in her voice. Typical of the women
of the group is this mere strip of a girl whose countenance worry has marked
with the lines that to most others come with age.
"We're going through with it, all the way,
we're enthusiastic about it. I think I'll have a better opportunity to
make a living. Here our place isn't big enough."
The "place" was a shack that Soyk had piled
together after one of the misfortunes in a long series befell them. It
stood on the clearing Soyk bought after their marriage.
Once it had a fine long cottage, built by
Soyk, a natural born carpenter. There the young mother cared for her
first born, Sonny. When the second lad, Jimmie, was born not long
after Sonny, the mother grew seriously ill. Sonny became ill and died.
Cottage in Ashes
One day the three were out in the
surrounding section and saw smoke from what they believed a haystack near
their home. They returned to find their log cottage and all their
belongings in ashes.
"All we had left," Mrs. Soyk said, "was the
clothes on our backs. This place here is just a shack that Martin
threw together so we'd have something."
Living in Alaska, she said, is "going to be
hard work," but she said she felt cheered by the knowledge that some of
their neighbors envy them.
With slight variations, Mrs. Soyk's story
tells that of most others of the group. Some ask only adventure, but
the Soyks and others will take thrills as garnish for
the fruits of toil they found unproductive here.
Seward, Alaska. May 6--(AP)--Everything was
ready for the government's Matanuska colonists today except the Matanuska
The 76 mid-west farm families are scheduled to disembark
here when the army transport St. Mihiel arrives this evening. When
they step down the gang plank, the newcomers will find bands playing, flags
waving, harbor craft whistles screaming and the entire population of this
picturesque town turned out to greet them.
And the first thing they'll view will be "depression's
end." Seward has a labor shortage on its docks. Nine winchmen's
jobs alone went begging for men Saturday, all because eight gold finds in
recent weeks have drawn most of the jobless out
Plans to speed the colonists to the valley were disrupted,
however, because the St. Mihiel is arriving too closely on the heels of the
North Star which docked here only Saturday night. The latter brought a
contingent of CCC men who were dispatched to the valley to start building
shelter for the families.
The colonists must wait here and at Anchorage for several
days until the tent homes and other necessary structures are erected.
Not only is there a lack of housing in the Matanuska
valley, but reports at Anchorage yesterday were that surveying of farms for
allotment to the colonists is not completed. The weather in the
Matanuska however is mild. The snow is all gone and pioneer farmers of
the district are preparing their fields for spring work.
Colony managers are confident the movement will swing
along splendidly after a few days. All available cars were sent here
from Anchorage Saturday to speed the CCC men and their lumber and other
supplies over the Alaska railroad to Palmer, selected as the community
center for the new settlers.
May 9, 1935 page 2
Matanuska is Land of Giant Cabbages, Bagas
Palmer, Alaska. May 9--(AP)--A
land of giant cabbages and rutabagas nourished by soil the intense cold of
winter rids of parasites-- such is the Matanuska Valley where 67 Wisconsin
families will take up new homes within a month.
The valley, surrounded by snow-capped
mountains, today was buzzing with activity as CCC workers prepared to
receive tomorrow 67 Minnesota families, the first of the colonists under a
new FERA project.
Within a few hours a city of tents rose up
and temporary homes were expected to be completed by tonight. Tractors
and trucks hauled materials from freight cars to the site of the temporary
May 13, 1935 page 1
State Families Off To Alaska
29 Others Will Entrain at Manistique to
Make Trip With Badger Group
St. Ignace, Mich., May 13--(AP)--One
hundred and fifty-nine members of 36 Michigan families will leave here at 3
o-clock this afternoon for Alaska. Twenty-nine other Michigan families
will entrain at Manistique to make the trip with the Wisconsin contingent.
Two other Michigan families will leave with the group going from
Four baggage cars were packed with
provisions and personal belongings of pioneers in the train here. Dogs, cats and one canary were
brought to the train and put in a baggage car.
The colonists were happy and enthusiastic
as the departure hour neared. The youngest is Hamich Dreghorn,
Cheboygan, ten-day-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Dreghore. Mr. and
Mrs. Milan Spencer, of Sherman, have a 13-day-old son.
The St. Ignace train will go via the Duluth
South Shore and Atlantic to Duluth before moving on to Seattle.
The Eino Nutilla and Russell Pakonen
families of Gogebic county leave Ironwood tonight for Rhinelander, where
they will join other Upper Peninsula families for the long trip to the
Matanuska valley in Alaska.
Rhinelander, May 13--(AP)--High
enthusiasm prevailed today as the hour approached for the departure from
here of a contingent of Alaskan colonists.
No last minute withdrawals were reported by
authorities in charge of the expedition. Baggage was being packed in
cars to be attached to the special train which will leave here at 2 a.m.
tomorrow. Seventy-four persons will board the train here.
The Rhinelander American Legion will
entertain the colonists tonight with a party. The Rhinelander train
will go to St. Paul where
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all Wisconsin colonists congregate before
leaving for the west coast.
Palmer, Alaska, May 13--(AP)--They
have Uncle Sam back of them and 500 CCC "hired hands" to help, but these
transplanted Minnesotans face two or three years of toil before their
Matanuska farms will bear them an adequate living.
Don Irwin, manager of the Alaska Rural
Rehabilitation Corp., and project construction director, explained today
that all is not going to be wild strawberries and cream for the Matanuska
The colonists worshipped on yesterday's
Sabbath as their forebearers (sic) might--out in an open field.
Today they start their first workaday week.
Only 15 per cent of the lands will be
cleared this year for planting next season. It will take two or three
years to clear the remainder of the 40-acre tracts allotted each family.
But the settlers are satisfied, for they
are homeseekers (sic) and home builders and the work the colony directors
plan is home building.
First, log homes and roads to reach them,
so that none will be farther than 10 miles from Palmer. And then a
school here--to house 400 children--with a large gymnasium and a community
center building. It will have facilities for motion pictures and other
Then a creamery, a warehouse and a cannery,
all to be erected through the rural rehabilitation corporation.
To finance their homes, each family is
given a credit loan, now estimated at $3,000, home supplies and equipment to
be charged against each householder and goods to be furnished at the colony
It is expected the colonists will start
repaying their advances in the fifth year.
May 13, 1935 page 3
Badger Pioneers Begin Trek to Alaska Tonight
Green Bay, May 13--(AP)--Nine of the 67 Wisconsin farm
families chosen by Uncle Sam for an Alaska colonization project today began
arriving here to start on the first leg of their 4,000 [mile] land and water journey
to new homelands in the Matanuska valley.
They follow a like number of
Minnesota families already starting to settle in a tent city rising up in
They assume the roles of pioneers under the federal rural rehabilitation
program, with the prospect of fulfilling in some measure the quarter-century
old prophecy of the first President Roosevelt:
"I predict that Alaska, within the next century will support as large a
population as does the entire Scandinavian peninsula of Europe. I
predict that you will see Alaska with her enormous resources of minerals,
her fisheries and her possibilities that almost exceed belief, produce as
hardy and vigorous a race as any part of America."
All Are Willing
Their hardiness has been tested in the scrubby wastelands of northern
Wisconsin where lean years, drought and individual misfortunes have eked out
Their vigor has made them endure the trials of blizzard marked winters in
fragile shacks and cabins far from the beaten highways.
All have expressed enthusiastic willingness to combine these
qualifications in leaving the lands of their fathers for the new colony of
the northwest, there to start anew with the aid and blessing of Uncle Sam.
The nine families of about 80 men, women and children from the
northeastern section of the state will entrain tonight at 8:45 o'clock
(central standard time) for St. Paul. Meanwhile, another train
starting from Sault Ste. Marie with emigrants from Michigan, the third state
participating in the project, will be speeding westward to Superior, Wis.
Another train will leave with colonists from north central Wisconsin from
Rhinelander at 2 a.m. tomorrow. The Sault train will pick up others
from northwestern Wisconsin at Superior at 8 a.m., and all trains will meet
at St. Paul from where the group will travel on to Seattle.
Each Gets 40 Acres
On reaching the coast, the party will sail on the army transport, St.
Mihiel, for Seward, Alaska. Another rail trip of 150 miles will take
them into the Matanuska region where snow-capped mountains, gleaming in the
warm spring sun, provide a colorful backdrop to the scenic valley they will
Each family will receive a 40-acre tract of land, a home and implements,
the cost limited to $3,000 a family. The government has arranged for
long term payments of the loans.
Already a tent city is spreading over the valley where civilian
conservation corps workers are aiding the Minnesotans in clearing land.
Soon frame homes will dot the colony.
The Wisconsin group will arrive just as Alaska enters upon its warmest
season when temperatures rise to the 90 mark and higher. Eighteen to
20 hours of daylight from a sky free of clouds and twilight nights from six
to four hours long produce crops with almost magic speed.
Produce, moreover, will find a welcome market from among the
earlier settlers, some of them remnants of the Klondike gold rush who have
been paying dearly for imported commodities.
No Rosy Picture
The picture that the government has painted so
as not to disappoint some possibly believing themselves en route to a garden
of Eden is less bright.
summer, they said, will bring troubles from giant mosquitoes, pests that
balance the absence of soil parasites that feed upon costly crops. The
intense cold of winter rids the ground of insects dangerous to vegetation.
Winter brings cold that sends temperatures to
60 degrees below zero levels, and long winter nights, harborers of
homesickness for the thawing sun of the states.
The colonists, however, have cast their lots
with the government. They say their troubles in the new land can be no
worse, while the prospect of betterment of themselves is high.
Cheerfully they go, tearing asunder the bonds
that tied them to Wisconsin, trusting new and stronger fetters will grow
along with happiness in their chosen land.
May 14, 1935 page 9
400 Pioneers on to Alaska
Wisconsin and Upper Michigan Families on Way to Seattle
Green Bay, May 14--(AP)--Spirits
high as they envisioned the thrills of starting life over again in a strange
land, more than 400 pioneers from Wisconsin and upper Michigan today were
rolling westward in a steam driven Mayflower toward new homes in Alaska.
While crated dogs barked and whined in
coaches up front and children of all ages roamed from seat to seat through
the long train, the adult emigrants chosen by the federal government to
colonize the Matanuska Valley under an FERA project were acquainting
themselves with new neighbors.
Nine families from northeastern Wisconsin
and six from Menominee county, Mich., 103 persons in all, left here last
The remainder of the 67 Wisconsin families
entrained at Rhinelander and Superior, and those from Michigan from Sault
Ste. Marie. All are colonizing in hopes of reaching economic
independence after lean years here.
Enthusiasm is High
The enthusiasm that had been theirs since
the government notified them of their selection for the project remained at
its high pitch as the time for departure from the lands of their fathers
Tears were shed, but mostly by kinsfolk
gathered for the farewell on the site of old Fort Howard. Their noses
flattened against windows, the children received adieus from those on the
platforms while parents waved happy responses.
"It's a chance that comes once in a
lifetime," said Kenneth Foster, of Menominee county, Mich., as he sat in the
coach with his wife, Marion, and their two girls and one boy.
Foster said he was "very much satisfied"
with the first stage of the 4,000 mile land and water journey to the 40-acre
plat that will be his in the 70,000 acre valley of rich soil. "We've
been treated square from the start, and we know we will be always."
"We're so thankful," his auburn haired wife
The government had pictured great hardships
to those aspiring to membership in the group. Most of them laughed
that off and pointed to their trials in the barren and sterile scrub lands
of the north middlewest.
All Sturdy, Vigorous
Some were from farms, others from small
towns, but all were vigorous with the prospect of earning a livelihood of
which they had been deprived in the states.
"This will be a cinch after what we've been
through," said the bronze-faced Earl W. Barry, whose experience in rough
country prompted the government to go beyond its age limit and accept him as
a colonist at the age of 45.
"And there's going to be lots of Barrys in
Alaska," he said. The former Oconto storekeeper, who homesteaded in
Montana and pioneered in Albert, has seven children.
Not everyone was from farm districts.
There was young Mrs. Harry Campbell, born and reared in Milwaukee. She
smiled as her 25-year old husband, Harry, of Abrams whom she married last
September declared he was "rarin' to go."
While babies-in-arms were plentiful in the
party, "the baby" was Norma Noreen Nelson who rode with her mother and
24-year-old father, Paul, from their old home at Mountain to Green Bay on
the day she reached eight months of age. Norma Noreen had only "goo"
to say as her mother told of the thrills of going to a new home.
Nothing New to Him
Alaskan climate and mosquitoes, reckoned
the worst blight of the country, will be nothing new to Jack Herman who
served in the territory with the army. A southerner, Herman and his
wife and family of six, three children by a first wife, resided in
Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, and Spooner and Shell Lake, Wis., before
settling in Plymouth.
George, 3, and youngest of their children
could only say "I'm goin' to 'Lasky'" as he squirmed restlessly on a
davenport in the U.M.C.R. lounge while his mother relaxed.
Asked what he was going to do there, he
promptly announced: "Gonna hunt and fish."
The train ride here from Plymouth was
George's first and neither he nor his exhausted mother had quite recovered.
"Lots of people think we're crazy," said
Mrs. Neil Taylor of Tipler, waiting with her one daughter for switchmen to
make up the train. "I don't, though; it seems like a great opportunity
and from what I've seen we're going to have some mighty fine neighbors.
In Seattle Thursday
Others who expressed similar beliefs were
the families of Arnold Havenmeister, Oscar Chaney and John Pfeiff, all of
Menominee county, Mich., smiling and gay as departure time arrived.
Conductor R.A. Morris of Green Bay, who
commanded the train bringing President Roosevelt here last August, called
out his "b-o-o-a-r-d," and amid shouts and cheers, the colonists moved on.
Leaving St. Paul today with the remainder
of the Wisconsin and Michigan group, the colonists will reach Seattle
Thursday afternoon. They will embark Saturday aboard the U.S.S. St.
Mihiel for the six-day trip on the Pacific to Seward.
From there the Alaskan railroad will carry
them 150 miles inland to the site being cleared for their homes. Each
family will receive a tract of the rich soil and a home and implements
limited to $3,000 in value.
Schools and churches will rise up and
before the long winter sets in, the colonists are expected to be housed
comfortably in log and frame homes which will replace the tents of the
May 15, 1935 page 7
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Anderson and families
left Monday night by special train for St. Paul, Minn., where they joined
others on the trip to Matanuska valley in Alaska. Mr. and Mrs.
Anderson have five children, the youngest being six months old.
On Friday evening the community gave a
farewell party at the Town hall for the Anderson family. Music was
furnished by Camp 662 orchestra. Dancing and games were enjoyed.
At 11:30 a lunch was served to a large number of friends.
Supt. H.O. Johnson gave a farewell speech. A purse of money was given
to Mr. and Mrs. Anderson from the community.
May 15, 1935 page 9
Biggest Brood Among the Alaskan Pioneers
The new "pioneer colony" in
Alaska's Matanuska Valley is going to thrive, prosper, and grow if the
family of William Bouwens of Rhinelander, Wis. is any criterion. The
Bouwens, in taking all their 11 children to Alaska with them, make up the
largest complete family among the emigrants. Bouwens is a skilled
butcher, and a deputy sheriff. The family, left to right: top row,
Dorothy, Eunice, Mrs. Bouwens, Delores, William Bouwens, Sr., Edward and
Evelyn. Front row, Audrey, Ronald, Wayne, William Jr., George and
May 17, 1935 page 5
Michigan Colonists Rest Up at Gateway to Alaska
Seattle, May 17--(AP)--Seattle
became the "Gateway to Alaska" again today with the second group of
Matanuska valley colonists waiting for a northbound vessel.
The party of 650 settlers from Michigan and
Wisconsin arrived here on two trains yesterday. They are being housed
in a down town hotel--famous among Alaskans as a Seattle headquarters--until
they sail Saturday on the army transport St. Mihiel to join the earlier
party of midwesterners already on the ground.
It's been almost 37 years since Seattle has
played host to such a large Alaskan migration. Back in '98 thousands
poured through "The Gateway to Alaska" lured by promises of gold and sudden
Waldo Fox, former Michigan farmer, trapper
and fox raiser, voiced the attitude and hopes of today's immigrants, when he
"Give us a chance at that Alaska! It
will take hard work, but we'll be working for ourselves. And that
makes the difference. This is a new lease on life for all of us."
Many of the party have been on relief.
And they are drawn to Alaska by the lure of homes and a chance to make a
They are cheerful but not exuberant.
They are hard headed farmers.
"We didn't take the government's word for
climatic conditions in the Matanuska," one said, "we checked up ourselves,
and learned that the climate is better than it was at home."
Gov. Clarence D. Martin, who with Mayor
Charles L. Smith and other state and city notables welcomed the party at the
railroad stations, was particularly taken with two of the youngest members
of the entourage, lifting up blankets to peek into baskets and wiggle his
fingers at Clifford Cousineau, eight weeks old, late of Roscommon, Mich.,
and Ronald Spencer, 15 days old, whose old home was Cadillac, Mich.
He also was impressed with Melvin and Alvin
McCormick, small twins who are accompanying their grownup brother, Martin,
and four pet ducks, from East Tawas, Mich.
May 21, 1935 page 1
Michigan Colonists Due at Seward Soon
Seattle, May 21--(AP)--The army
transport St. Mihiel, carrying 136 Wisconsin and Michigan farm families to
the government's Matanuska project in Alaska, is due at Seward at 1 a.m.,
"Moderate seas, long swells, many seasick,
otherwise all content," the St. Mihiel radioed the army quartermaster
depot's office here.
The St. Mihiel sailed Saturday carrying the
second contingent of colonists north.
May 22, 1935 page 1
Colonists Will Draw for Farms
Men Will Entrain for Valley, Women and
Children to Follow Later.
Palmer, Alaska. May 22--(AP)--The
second contingent of middlewestern farmers, arriving today at Seward aboard
the army transport St. Mihiel, will be welcomed at their future Alaskan home
here by a public drawing for the 40-acre farm sites allotted them.
Arrangements were completed today for the
lottery which will determine the farm lands each family will hold in the
federal rural rehabilitation colony here. The drawing will be for men
The men will entrain for the Matanuska
valley as soon as each family's ton of household goods can be unloaded from
the transport and transferred to the railroad train.
The colonists already here will help the
new arrivals to move their furniture, bedding and other articles into the
temporary tent homes awaiting them. When all is made ready, the women
and children will follow. For the time being the "tenderfeet" will be
housed in eight or ten camps near their farm sites.
A wet welcome appeared in store for the
newcomers for the valley has been drenched with rain for the past day or so.
A welcome of a different kind was also
being planned by civic leaders--the first arrival of the traditional stork
at the colony, expected about the middle of next month. Donations of
all kinds have been volunteered for the occasion.