End of the Trail
Notices in this section are limited to names of those who have achieved pioneer status through many years in the North, or who are otherwise of unquestioned importance in the daily scene.
Oscar A. Kerttula, 63, one of the few original Matanuska Valley colonists who stayed with farming throughout his life there. died in a Juneau hospital May 10. He had suffered a stroke in Haines five days before, while en route from Palmer to Juneau. Death came on the 30th anniversary of the date on which he and his family arrived at the Matanuska Valley railroad station to carve a new life out of the wilderness. He had been a lumberjack and power plant operator in his native Wisconsin. In the valley, he paid $7 an acre for his first land, and he and his family finished the inside of their cabin by the light of a gas lantern that first winter. Mr. Kerttula served in the Navy in World War I and in the Merchant Marine during World War II. In addition to farming, he worked for the Matanuska Valley Electric Cooperative power plant for many years. His son is State Representative Jalmar Kerttula of Palmer.Ã‚Â [Sep1965]
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