Legendary Locals of Chugiak-Eagle River

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Homesteading in Alaska was not an obvious lifestyle choice for most people in post–World War II America. In an age of gleeful consumerism, early settlers of Chugiak-Eagle River made a decision to live simply. Yet a simple life and an easy one were two different things. Many raised their own crops and a few, such as the Pippels, the Tatros, the Glenn Briggses, and the Vanovers, created larger-scale farming ventures. Other entrepreneurs, such as Paul Swanson, thrived in the frontier environment, taking on multiple enterprises to fill gaps in the area's services. Out of this can-do atmosphere sprang a number of artists, musicians, and performers. The Chugiak Belles dance group revved up audiences at the annual Spring Carnival, and the Chugiak Players staged a variety of dramas and comedies. Eagle River homesteaders Arthur and Eleanor Braendel helped found the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra and performed with them for 60 years. Radio host and homesteader Ruth Briggs sang and traveled with the original Anchorage Concert Chorus. As the area matured and schools grew, athletes began to thrive, creating their own legacy. More legendary locals are being minted every day.
ISBN: 9781467101363
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Alaska
Series: Legendary Locals
Images: 152
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Chris Lundgren wrote a long-running history series called “Remember When” for the Alaska Star newspaper. She currently sits on the Chugiak-Eagle River Historical Society's board of directors and listens raptly when other members tell stories about the old days.
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