Only nine deaths were attributed to the earthquake while the remainder were due to the tsunamis generated by underwater landslides.
Stepping up were the people who were settling the community. A community club met to discuss needs such as a volunteer fire department came forth.
No Place was on the homestead taken out by Thillman “Til” Wallace in the mid-Fifties. It boasted of an artesian well sufficient to keep a large pond filled.
Walter Pippel suffered a stroke and passed in 1969 after being incapacitated for a long period. Melva remained in their home for several years thereafter.
It took little effort to persuade 27 clubs and organizations to support the idea, the group was named “Operation Chugiak High School” or OCHS
In the early years, Chugiak was known for colorful characters. One of the most colorful was Nora Collett, owner of Chugiak Candy Kitchen.
It was on February 17, 1947, that the community club made up of pioneer residents chose the name “Chugiak" chosen from many offered by the small crowd.
With one exception, for several years Chugiak remained in the dark and telephone, a fragile utility continued subject to the whims of wandering moose.
The time capsule was the brainchild of Andy Kirk, who had been a history and social studies teacher at the school since it opened in 1964.
Secretary of State William Henry Seward engineered the deal that gave Russia $7.2 million, roughly two cents an acre, for what was known as Russian America.