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Glacier Valley Gazetta

Glacier Valley Gazetta

A Glimpse into the Past

By Marc Donadieu
Glacier City Gazette

The pages of Glacier Valley Gazetta are a fascinating look into Girdwood and the Turnagain Arm region 52 years ago.
On page 2 of Vol. 1, No. 4, Aug.-Sept. 1967 issue is column of short news bits no more than a few sentences long, likely written by Editor Hugh Cruikshank Jr., which he coyly admits in the first one.

The MAULES-KAY, JULIAN and the four kids (but not their St. Bernard Bando)_Departed August 18 foe a two-month safari to the East Coast and the Rockies. Among others, they’ll visit JIM and PEGGY BRANCH in New Hampshire, ED and ALICE HASKINS in Silver Plume, Colorado. The Double Musky Inn will continue to be open seven days a week. The kitchen will be in the capable hands of HANNA JOHNSON, back from a summer in Bethel, the bar will be run by – by – well, someone whose name escapes us (he writes a newspaper)…. This is the Maules’ first trip to their former homes in the East in more than ten years.

Girdwood’s first washeteria is being built by the owners of the Glacier Valley Court, BRUCE and LEAH PURCELL. In addition to facilities for washing clothes, there’ll be showers for washing people. The washeteria, soon to be completed, is located in the new townsite, north of the Alyeska Road, next to the trailer court.