Elva Ruth Scott
Eagle historian, author Elva Scott dies
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A former mayor of Eagle instrumental in restoring the
community's historic buildings has died.
Elva Ruth Scott, 83, died Jan. 10.
Scott served as president and curator of the
Eagle Historical Society as well as chairwoman of the Alaska Historical Society
board of directors.
Born Oct. 7, 1919, she was raised on her
parent's ranch in San Bernardino Valley, Calif.
She earned a nursing degree from University of
California-San Francisco and a master of education degree from the University of
She met husband, James W. Scott, while working
in the pediatric ward of Children's Hospital in Los Angeles. In 1946, they moved
to Homer and helped found the Homer Society of Natural History and Homer United
In the early 1950s, the Scotts built and lived
in the Homer Ranger Station, now occupied by the Kachemak Bay State Parks
From 1959-60, the Scotts lived in Fairbanks and
from 1960-72, they lived in Anchorage, where Elva Scott was active with the
Anchor Park Methodist Church, the Jessie Lee Home, the Girl Scouts of America,
the Alaska Nurse's Association, and the establishment of Alaska Methodist
University. Elva worked as the school nurse at East High School and later served
as the Anchorage School District's first school nurse coordinator.
The Scotts retired in Eagle in 1972. Elva
served as mayor, council member and as president and curator of the Eagle
Eagle is a city of about 130 nearly 200 miles
east of Fairbanks on the Yukon River just inside the boundary with Canada. Eagle
in 1901 became the first incorporated city in the Interior. It was home to Fort
Egbert, completed in 1900, but abandoned in 1911 when gold prospects in
Fairbanks and Nome lured miners away.
Elva Scott wrote ''Jewel on the Yukon-Eagle
City,'' ''Eagle Schools Eighty Years 1901-1981,'' ''Upper Yukon Health History''
and several other historical publications on the region.
With her guidance, many of Eagle's historic
buildings were restored and opened as museums.
Elva Scott was preceded in death by her
husband, James, son Pat Scott and daughter Peggy Scott-Bittlingmaier. She is
survived by sons Tom and David, daughter-in-law Janice Scott, son-in-law Kurt
Bittlingmaier and their families.
Source: Peninsula Clarion, January 26, 2003