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Mamie Elwell is interviewed by Mike Dalton in Anchorage, Alaska in 1974

Author: Mamie Elwell; Mike Dalton
Series: Tanana Yukon Historical Society tapes
Edition/Format:   Audiobook : Reel-to-reel tape : English
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ORAL HISTORY 78-35-01. Mamie Elwell talks about where she was born, coming to Alaska in 1920, her husband, Luke, how she chose her pen name, Niska, where her husband was born and where they met, her husband's first job in Alaska surveying for the road to Hope, getting a dog team from Russian John, living in Seward, gold mining in the Peters and Cache Creek, Luke getting a guide's license, working with Andy Simons
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Genre/Form: Interviews
Named Person: Mamie Elwell; Luke Elwell; Ward I Gay; Gus Gelles; Warren G Harding; Herbert Hoover; Charles P Lane; Jack Lane; Hank Lucas; Howard Glenmore Romig; Russian John.; Andy Simons; Frank Taylor; Pat Taylor
Material Type: Audio book, etc., Internet resource
Document Type: Sound Recording, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mamie Elwell; Mike Dalton
OCLC Number: 428103122
Notes: For educational and non-profit uses only. For commercial uses, please contact the UAF Oral History Program.
The Copyright to these interviews has been transferred from the Tanana-Yukon Historical Society to the University of Alaska Fairbanks Elmer E. Rasmuson Library. To listen to the interview, click the link at the bottom of this record. Please contact UAF-APR-reference-Service@alaska.edu to discuss using the whole or part of this recording in another work or ordering a copy for personal use. A small fee may be charged to defray labor and postage charges. Any copies of recordings used in any other material must attribute the work to the Tanana-Yukon Historical Society and the University of Alaska Fairbanks Elmer E. Rasmuson Library.
Event notes: Recorded in 1974 in Anchorage, Alaska.
Description: 2 sound tape reels (70 min.) : analog, 3 3/4 ips, mono. ; 7 in.
Series Title: Tanana Yukon Historical Society tapes

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ORAL HISTORY 78-35-01. Mamie Elwell talks about where she was born, coming to Alaska in 1920, her husband, Luke, how she chose her pen name, Niska, where her husband was born and where they met, her husband's first job in Alaska surveying for the road to Hope, getting a dog team from Russian John, living in Seward, gold mining in the Peters and Cache Creek, Luke getting a guide's license, working with Andy Simons and Hank Lucas for five years, their hunting clients, working with Gus Gelles, Elwell's Fishing Lodge on Russian Lake between Seward and Anchorage, traveling after their retirement, selling their lodge to Ward Gay, Howard Romig, having a pet mink, spruce grouse, moose, and bears at the lodge, traveling in Africa, growing vegetables at the lodge, the custom of leaving food in a cache at the mining camps at the end of the year, joining her husband in the hunting camps, and being the cook in hunting camp.

ORAL HISTORY 78-35-02. Mamie talks about what they cooked at camp, shooting a grizzly bear while she was picking blueberries, her husband shooting bears to protect clients, the Alaska earthquake when they were in Hawaii, staying at Kenai Lake in the summer, Jack Lane, Mrs. Charlie Lane, Frank Taylor, Pat Taylor, hauling freight with a dog team from Talkeetna to a mining site on Peters Creek, sled dogs, President Warren Harding's visit to Seward, Herbert Hoover, and never owning a car.

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