Elton M. Anderson
Loner rancher Elton M. Anderson, 75, died April 27 (1995) in Homer.
Anderson and his wife, Edna, built a home and ran a cattle and horse
operation on a grazing lease in the hills north of Homer long
any neighbors nearby. Eventually they bought part of the
property--reported to be the state's first grazing
lease--but not before much of the surrounding land had been subdivided into
Though the nearness of neighbors sometimes put a crimp in his ranching
befriended the newcomers and touched their lives in ways he probably never knew.
neighbor Adele Hiles, who moved several years ago to Arizona, kept in touch and
him by phone the week before he died, another neighbor said. Hiles wrote a poem
which was printed on the back of the memorial service program. Homer troubadour
Varsos, another former neighbor, memorialized Anderson in song several years
Anderson's death, he wrote another song that was read at the memorial service.
neighbor Chat Wise built the casket for Anderson, and another neighbor, Kiki
Anderson made a lot of friends in his 35 years in Alaska. According to
family, Anderson spent countless hours helping and advising the young families
nearby, sharing his knowledge of farming and homesteading. In addition to
neighbors, Anderson helped start the Happy Valley Rodeo and provided stock for
the events for many years. He raised cattle and horses there until his death,
supplement the family income he spent many winters working in road and oil-field
construction. He accompanied the first Caterpillar train to the North Slope and
Anderson retired from construction work in 1984.
Source: Homer News, August 1995