Fred Hanson is interviewed by Kathleen "Mike" Dalton in Anchorage, Alaska on September 28, 1974

Hanson, Fred (Sig)


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ORAL HISTORY 78-25-01. Fred Hanson talks about where he was born in Sweden, how he came to Alaska in 1911, heading for the gold fields in the Klondike, crossing Lake LaBarge and falling through the ice, arriving in Dawson in the spring of 1911, heading to Ruby but ending up in Manley, staking his claims in Manley in 1912, John Johnson, prospecting on Boulder Creek near Manley, Adolph Bock, the type of food they ate while prospecting, storing their provisions in the frozen ground, meeting his wife Amante Tonseth Hanson in Fairbanks, his sons, Bob, Don and Stan, returning to visit Sweden, Axel Edman, working at Ladd Air Base until 1959, keeping his mining operations in Tofty, getting mail in winter by dog team from Fairbanks, Bob Buzby, Jay Buzby, traveling by dog team in the winter and rivers in the summer, being able to receive radio stations in Tofty, phone service run by the Army Signal Corps, Bob Hanson driving a dog team owned by Julian Hurley, Mary Joyce, Mary Hansen, Leonhard Seppala, Tofty and Manley Hot Springs under quarantine during the 1917 flu epidemic, and the population of Woodchopper in the past.
ORAL HISTORY 78-25-02. Fred Hanson talks about meeting Leonhard Seppala, buying a bear robe from Martin Pinska in 1914 and still using it in Tofty, Grace Harkness, Archie Pringle in Manley, breaking his knee cap in 1916 and being rejected for army duty during WWI, F.E. power plant in Fairbanks, and old and new hotels in Fairbanks.
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Recorded on September 28, 1974 in Anchorage, Alaska.
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