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Date: 06/01/2009
Name: Norma Freeter
City/State: Los Angeles, CA
Love this site. Almost lost a whole nights sleep staying up and reading about all your colorful homesteaders. This place has just moved to the top of my list of places to visit. Hope to see you all soon and get a feel for this wonderful place that I understand is still full of wild strawberries.


Date: 11/23/2009
Name: John Sidney Ballard
City/State: Fairbanks, AK
My family lived at the F.A.A. station from Spring 58 until my Dad Fred Ballard drowned with Harold Schmitz in Aug of 64. I used to camp in the C47 that crashed just before we arrived. I planted flowers for Charlie Parker a couple of times. We loved the Matsons and are still friends with Aimee' Youmans. I am enjoying this sight very much. I have always loved Gustavus and consider it "where I grew up" (actually I am getting old but still haven't grown up.).


Date: 11/23/2009
Name: John Sidney Ballard
City/State: Fairbanks, AK
My family lived at the F.A.A. station from Spring 58 until my Dad Fred Ballard drowned with Harold Schmitz in Aug of 64. I used to camp in the C47 that crashed just before we arrived. I planted flowers for Charlie Parker a couple of times. We loved the Matsons and are still friends with Aimee' Youmans. I am enjoying this sight very much. I have always loved Gustavus and consider it "where I grew up" (actually I am getting old but still haven't grown up.).


Date: 07/04/2009
Name: Becky Stamey Powers
City/State: Franklin, NC
I've just finished reading The Complete 1957 Plane Crash Story by Rita Wilson. My heart began racing as I read the title and realized "this has to be the plane my dad was on." Thank you so very much for having this available. With tears in my eyes, I read an account I'd never heard before. My mom was 26 when dad was killed, leaving her with 3 small children. I was 6, my sister was 4 and our brother was 6 months old. We moved to Franklin, NC, my parents home town, where Mom retired from teaching in '88. Mom enjoys her retirement in the beautiful mountains of NC. My siblings and I live and work in Franklin and would love to return to Alaska to visit the places we lived and also visit Gustavus. I just did not realize there was an interest in the crash site yet today. My sincere thanks to Rita Wilson for her bringing this story to light and allowing the children, of those who lost their dad, to learn details of a crash that took the lives of such young men and truly altered the course of the lives of their families.


Date: 07/04/2009
Name: Becky Stamey Powers
City/State: Franklin, NC
I've just finished reading The Complete 1957 Plane Crash Story by Rita Wilson. My heart began racing as I read the title and realized "this has to be the plane my dad was on." Thank you so very much for having this available. With tears in my eyes, I read an account I'd never heard before. My mom was 26 when dad was killed, leaving her with 3 small children. I was 6, my sister was 4 and our brother was 6 months old. We moved to Franklin, NC, my parents home town, where Mom retired from teaching in '88. Mom enjoys her retirement in the beautiful mountains of NC. My siblings and I live and work in Franklin and would love to return to Alaska to visit the places we lived and also visit Gustavus. I just did not realize there was an interest in the crash site yet today. My sincere thanks to Rita Wilson for her bringing this story to light and allowing the children, of those who lost their dad, to learn details of a crash that took the lives of such young men and truly altered the course of the lives of their families.


Date: 06/01/2009
Name: Norma Freeter
City/State: Los Angeles, CA
Love this site. Almost lost a whole nights sleep staying up and reading about all your colorful homesteaders. This place has just moved to the top of my list of places to visit. Hope to see you all soon and get a feel for this wonderful place that I understand is still full of wild strawberries.


Date: 03/24/2009
Name: Patty and Thor Foss
City/State: Ephrata, PA
We're Ice Screamers in Lancaster County Pennsylvania. We were delighted as can be when we discovered your article about ice cream titled, Mrs. Gumdrop and the Vanilla Ice Cream. Your web site is filled with an amazing amount of history and facts, and just pleased as can be that out search of ice cream brought us to learn more about Alaska. Thank you for all the information that you provide and our continued best wishes for many happy years of service.


Date: 03/24/2009
Name: Patty and Thor Foss
City/State: Ephrata, PA
We're Ice Screamers in Lancaster County Pennsylvania. We were delighted as can be when we discovered your article about ice cream titled, Mrs. Gumdrop and the Vanilla Ice Cream. Your web site is filled with an amazing amount of history and facts, and just pleased as can be that out search of ice cream brought us to learn more about Alaska. Thank you for all the information that you provide and our continued best wishes for many happy years of service.


Date: 03/04/2009
Name: Diane Ostiguy
City/State: Québec , CAN
Congratulations for your site. I was looking for a photo to illustrate the bounty law in Alaska and I have find your site. Thank you for giving the permission to use the photo on our site in the Kid zone. You may wish to have a look at : www.fapaq.gouv.qc.ca/fr/EDUC/pleins_feux/mars-2009.htm.


Date: 03/04/2009
Name: Diane Ostiguy
City/State: Québec , CAN
Congratulations for your site. I was looking for a photo to illustrate the bounty law in Alaska and I have find your site. Thank you for giving the permission to use the photo on our site in the Kid zone. You may wish to have a look at : www.fapaq.gouv.qc.ca/fr/EDUC/pleins_feux/mars-2009.htm.


Date: 02/09/2009
Name: Julie & Pete Walstrom
City/State: Greenbank, WA
Our friends George and Lynne Jensen (Gustavus residents) shared your historical DVD. It had excellent content and was very professionally performed.


Date: 02/09/2009
Name: Julie & Pete Walstrom
City/State: Greenbank, WA
Our friends George and Lynne Jensen (Gustavus residents) shared your historical DVD. It had excellent content and was very professionally performed.


Date: 01/23/2009
Name: Gail Johansen Peterson
City/State: Sitka, AK
Gunalcheesh for recording this family history! The photographs with John Ben Peterson and his sons Henry "Bill" and Angle Peterson are greatly appreciated!


Date: 01/23/2009
Name: Gail Johansen Peterson
City/State: Sitka, AK
Gunalcheesh for recording this family history! The photographs with John Ben Peterson and his sons Henry "Bill" and Angle Peterson are greatly appreciated!


Date: 01/21/2009
Name: E. Marion Hively
City/State: Memphis, TN
Gustavus, Alaska should be proud of this site. It is a rich heritage of historical record. Keep up the good work. We have visited twice and hope to return again. Wouldn't it be nice if you were still Strawberry Point? We picked strawberries on the beach when we were there. Best wishes. E. M. H.


Date: 01/21/2009
Name: E. Marion Hively
City/State: Memphis, TN
Gustavus, Alaska should be proud of this site. It is a rich heritage of historical record. Keep up the good work. We have visited twice and hope to return again. Wouldn't it be nice if you were still Strawberry Point? We picked strawberries on the beach when we were there. Best wishes. E. M. H.


Date: 11/03/2008
Name: Kathy Pool
City/State: Petersburg, AK
A great site! Just finished reading "Hope and Hard Work", and googled up this website. Can't wait to visit Gustavus.


Date: 11/03/2008
Name: Kathy Pool
City/State: Petersburg, AK
A great site! Just finished reading "Hope and Hard Work", and googled up this website. Can't wait to visit Gustavus.


Date: 09/23/2008
Name: Jerry Chilik
City/State: Longwood, FL
We stayed at the Gustavus Inn in June of this year and loved not only the inn and the folks who run it, but the town itself. We biked to the entrance to the plane crash and walked in to see the remains, quite an experience. Also got a chance to do some serious halibut fishing and had our filets frozen and sent back thanks to Pep. Hope to come back again.


Date: 09/23/2008
Name: Jerry Chilik
City/State: Longwood, FL
We stayed at the Gustavus Inn in June of this year and loved not only the inn and the folks who run it, but the town itself. We biked to the entrance to the plane crash and walked in to see the remains, quite an experience. Also got a chance to do some serious halibut fishing and had our filets frozen and sent back thanks to Pep. Hope to come back again.

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