The May and Bill White, Sr. homestead (now the Gustavus Inn) was empty from the mid to late 1930's and 1940's (except for a few sporatic summer months, the winter of 1938, and hosting the airport surveyor team for about a year in 1942). During WWII May felt it too dangerous to be in Gustavus with her children. The White Family was gone from Gustavus (for a variety of reasons) for years at a time and lived in Juneau, California, and bought a house in Washington. In 1947 May, divorced from Bill, Sr., returned and married Archie Chase soon after. By that time most of the White children were grown and on their own (except for Alice age 15, and Bill, Jr. age 13). Most of them made their lives elsewhere before some of them returned in middle age to build houses in Gustavus of their own. Soon after 1947 the homestead was fixed up for overnite visitors and Archie and May Chase began to operate the original homestead as Gustavus' first overnight lodge.
Rev. Edward L. Hughes died July 30, 2008 in Anchorage. He was 83 years old. He was born July 25, 1925 in Juneau, Alaska. He lived in Juneau, Fairbanks, Soldotna and Palmer and pastored churches in Petersburg in the 1950's and Fairbanks.
"Dad was a wonderful, loving husband and father. He never forgot his 'roots' of being raised in the Juneau Children's Home that turned his life around," said his son. "He was eternally grateful to Lyle and Helen Johnson (Auntie) who poured their love into him."
He enjoyed hunting and fishing. As an Alaskan pastor he had "a heart for missions", and according to his family traveled around the world to offer his services on the mission field. He loved people, and one of his favorite places to meet them was at a local favorite in Soldotna "The Moose Is Loose".
Information about the life of Edward L. Hughes was obtained from his obituary published in Juneau Empire August 8, 2008.