If Joe Kapella Approached, Just Reach For Wallet

Joe Kapella had a reputation for taking people’s money. When you saw him coming, you might as well reach for your wallet.

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Chugiak Postmaster Paul Swanson Remembered

Important to the development Chugiak was Paul Swanson – school agent, bus driver, landlord, businessman, postmaster and quiet counselor.

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Ed Willis Early Chugiak-Eagle River Leader

Ed Willis is a soft-spoken man who became important to the political and social development of Chugiak-Eagle River.

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Danny Bell Left Mark On Community

The extension of Eagle River Loop had long been proposed by Danny Bell. Years later, he admitted that he secretly bulldozed it in the 1970s.

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Glenn Briggs A Community Benefactor

From government reindeer manager to pig farmer, Glenn Briggs became a huge figure in the development of Chugiak-Eagle River.

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Schools a Never-Ending Challenge

Those families who settled Chugiak in 1946 had children of school age, but there was no school for them to attend.

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Early Businesses Cater to Settlers

Eagle River John has to be recognized as one of the “first” in the field of commercial businesses and certainly the first local manufacturer.

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Ordinary Folks Take On Services

A dozen or so families moved to the wilderness area north of Ft. Richardson and took out Chugiak, home sites or business sites.

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Early Settlers And One Squatter

Other than at scattered homesteads and the Eklutna village, few people called chugiak-eagle river home in the late nineteenth century.

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