April 18, 2013 | Vol. 39, No. 16

Yesterday's News

April 19, 1913 – Alaska as we know it: Alaska, the land of the midnight sun. That is true. Alaska, the country where snow and ice—in the minds of a great many easterners—is believed to be the only solid formation under foot, nine months of the year. That is not true. No mis-representation of fact is more repulsive to an Alaskan than such. Year after year, facts have been brought out disproving such falacious thoughts, still it is one of the prevalent ideas entertained by some down east people. Such ideas are only attributable to ignorance of the country. Tangible, incontestable proofs have been in evidence of that which Alaska soil can produce. Incredible as it may seem some are still seeking information, and in many instances, more to satisfy their curiosity than a proof of any real interest they have in the country.

Some three miles down the Narrows, a few years ago, one H. Papky located a homestead. Since then, he has occupied himself opening and otherwise improving his land. So far the improvements consist of a garden out of which he gets all his vegetables and a little for the local market. On the 11th day of April 1912, while feeding his chickens, he picked a grain of wheat and dropt it in the ground. On the 23rd day of October, the stalk measured five feet six inches in height, holding up 19 heads of fully matured wheat which averaged four inches in length. Out of one grain of oat planted at the same time, 16 heads of oats were recovered from one grain, three of which black oats. Mr. Papky has no theory, neither does he advance any explanation which in any wise may account for the difference in the color of the oats from the same stalk, and as he says, “I leave that part of it to the scientists to explain,” and he added, “what I say about the fertility of the soil in Alaska, I can prove.”

April 13, 1983 – The Clausen Memorial Museum has been chosen as one of five museums around the state to participate in a state research project because of their good record of achievement in the last five years.

The Alaska State Museum will be looking at the audiences served by the museum; the size of the facilities; and their staffing patterns and services.

Michale Edgington, president of the Clausen Memorial Museum Society, said the museum was probably chosen because of improvements in services to the public and organization of records.

April 22, 1993 – Goodwill garbage dumped at the Salvation Army Thrift Store on Sing Lee Alley could become the final straw, forcing closure of the needed community facility. Capt. Scott Nicloy said people leave trash at the store to avoid going to the city dump, where fees were raised in November.

April 17, 2003 – It was elbow room only last Friday at the Elks Ballroom as artists, instructors, and those just wanting to appreciate a vast medium of talent gathered for the presentation of awards in the Southeast Art Festival 2003. This is the first time this annual event has been held in Little Norway.

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