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Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska

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Matanuska-Susitna Borough (often referred to as the Mat-Su Borough) is located in the state of Alaska with its borough seat located at Palmer and the largest city being Wasilla. The Mat-Su Borough is so designated because it contains the entire Matanuska and Susitna Rivers. These rivers empty into Cook Inlet which is the southern border of the Mat-Su Borough. The Mat-Su Valley was originally inhabited by Athabaskan Indians and was explored by Russians in 1818. In 1880 a trading station was built in Palmer and the area was settled by gold miners in 1913. Wasilla was originally inhabited by the Dena'ina Indians and the city began when the Alaska Railroad was constructed in 1917. In 1935, as part of the New Deal, 200 families from the Midwest traveled to Alaska and started the Matanuska Valley Colony.
Territorial School - Wasilla, Alaska
Before 1934

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Biography for Wesley E. Dunkel.
News story re: Garrit Snider.
Elmer McDonald 4-H story.
Accidental death news for Jack Wilson and Mrs. Ruby Cochran.
Obituary for John Arthur Welch.
Travel news re: Richard A. Brewer.
CEMETERIES: BURIALS: Wasilla Aurora Cemetery -
John Arthur Welch.
Cities and Towns page for Wasilla and Willow have been added.
HISTORY: Post Offices and Postmasters page has been added.
OBITUARIES: Obituaries for John Polis, Sr., Sheila Fern Bell, Charmon M. Clement, Vernon B. Caswell, Sr., William A. "Smitty" Smith, Dale "Gabby" Willhite, Sr., P. Andrew Arrowwood, Bruce Allen McGhan, Laddie Arduser, Bill Bassney, Crystal Mae Marion, Charles E. Carney, Avis Charlene Perkins, Warren W. "Bud" Woods, E. Kathleen Moore, Laurence M. Laughlin, Frank Small, Randall Lee "Randy" Thom, Robert Zachary "Zack" Coddington and Jolene Sheri Schmidt.
CEMETERIES: BURIALS: Wasilla Aurora Cemetery - John Polis Sr., Charmon M. Clement, Vernon B. Caswell, Sr., Dale "Gabby" Willhite, Sr., Laddie Arduser, Bill Bassney, Crystal Mae Marion, Charles E. Carney and Jolene Sheri Schmidt; Palmer Pioneer Cemetery - E. Kathleen Moore and Frank Small.
NEWS: MATINUSKA VALLEY COLONY: Death probe of Zelda King Pilkenton.
NEWS: HOMESTEADS: Homesteads of A. L. Long and C. C. Feltner.
JULY 2013
An obituary for Elwood K. Hussey contributed by Sally Yarbrough.
First homestead application for Knik from Hiram W. Nichols.
News article regarding J. R. Farrell.
Obituaries for Ricky Atherton, Bill West, Dawn Theresa Olson, Edward Pohl, David Gayle Jones, Michele M. Heroux, Mary Beaver, Albert Louis Goodwin, Verna Beatrice Close and June Marie Miller.
CEMETERIES: BURIALS: Palmer Cemetery -
Verna Beatrice Close; Wasilla Aurora Cemetery - Bill West; Talkeetna Cemetery - Mary Beaver; Kashwitna Cemetery - Albert Louis Goodwin.

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