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Newspaper Editions November 12, 1938 November 12, 1938 thru through March 10, 1942 March 10, 1942


The Moose Pass Chamber of Commerce was gifted a collection of the Moose Pass Miner, a newspaper from the early days of the community of Moose Pass. Louis Allen lived in Moose Pass for several years and was the publisher of the Moose Pass Miner. Her biography, summarized from an article by Diane Olthius, is on the following pages. To preserve our unique history, we've combined the issues into this book for everyone to enjoy.


Mrs. Allen who was born in Fredonia and decided to pioneer in journalism in the territory of Alaska. Alaska appealed to her. It sounded like a new frontier. Allen wrote to the governor of the Alaska Territory, asking him which community needed a newspaper. The governor suggested Skagway. Allen packed up a typewriter and mimeograph machine and moved north. She published the weekly Skagway Cheechako out of her home from 1936 to 38. To a 1930s’ audience, the mimeographed pages and her new use of contractions and tolerance for spelling errors gave the paper a modern look.

In 1938 she sailed from Skagway to Seward and journeyed north by train. Allen stayed at either the Lawing Roadhouse or Heilo’s Roadhouse before purMrs. Louis Allen who was born in Fredonia and decided to pioneer in journalism in the chasing a small house next to the post office. From 1938 to 1942 she published the mimeographed Alaska. AlaskaPass appealed her. It sounded likemasthead a new declared frontier. Allen wroteto to weekly Moose Miner andto sold it from her home. The it was “Devoted thethe gover Interest of asking Moose Pass Kenai community Peninsula.” Allen was interested in the entireThe peninsula, but it suggested is Territory, himand which needed a newspaper. governor S unlikely the market for her paper ever extended outside of Moose Pass. Seward and Seldovia already packed a typewriter mimeograph machine and income. movedA north. the had theirup own papers. Allen’s and Moose Pass Miner provided only a small few issuesShe werepublished late because orders of of paper not arrived the train time. did offeraudience, to trade subscripti ons for Cheechako out herhad home fromon1936 to in 38. ToShe a 1930s' the mimeographed firewood. Residents there will recall that so popular was her paper that often there was a line waiting new of contractions and tolerance forthe spelling gave the“Give paper a modern look for ituse to come off the press. Mrs. Allen once divulged secret oferrors her success there: the people controversy. Have the courage to take sides on a question. Lots of people may then hate you but they you have to say.” Inalways 1938.read shewhat sailed from Skagway to Seward and journeyed north by train. Allen stayed

Lawing Roadhouse or Heilo's Roadhouse before purchasing a small house next to the p The road from Seward to Hope was poor, and there was no road from Cooper Landing south. Moose 1938 to 1942 published the mimeographed weekly Moose visits. Pass Train Miner and sold it fr Pass tourism wasshe small, but elite. Wealthy big game hunters stayed for extended tourists stopped on their way to Mount McKinley and Circle Hot Spring. In 1938, the Depression was waning The masthead declared it was "Devoted to the Interest of Moose Pass and Kenai Penins and Moose Pass looked like a community with a future. Allen set about to promote the town’s growth interested inand thereporti entire peninsula, but itonsisand unlikely theShe market for paper ever exten by advertising ng on various organizati merchants. reported on her the Road Commission,Pass. AlaskaSeward Rail-road and Servicealready hirings. She touted theown value papers. of New Deal Programs that Pass Mi Moose andForest Seldovia had their Allen's Moose benefited Alaskans. She chastised her neighbors for ordering supplies from the Lower 48, rather than a small income. few issues were latethe because orders for of promoti papernghad nottunnel arrived buying from MooseAPass merchants. She faulted city of Anchorage a train to on the Whitti er, when Seward was the key port.for Shefirewood. accursed the Residents Anchorage paper of falsifying the results subscriptions there will recall that ofso popular did offer to trade a poll that claimed that there was popular support for a Whittier tunnel. She scolded Washington for that often was atoline waiting it togovernor. come off press. Mrs. Allen once appointi ng athere non-Alaskan the positi on offor territory Shethe faulted the U.S. government for divulged spendingthere: tax dollars for the Highway on Canadian Have soil, while was road poor. She pubsuccess "Give theAlaska people controversy. theAlaska courage to take sides on a quest lished the entire poem from the base of the Statue of Liberty, and then proclaimed that Alaska should people then hatewar you but they always read what youonhave to say."condition open itsmay door to European refugees. The Moose Pass Miner reported the worsening in Europe, the news sometimes coming from European guests of Lawing Roadhouse. But light, local

The road from Seward to Hope was poor, and there was no road from Cooper Landing s news predominated. Pass tourism was small, but elite. Wealthy big game hunters stayed for extended visits. She is also the author the first book to be written about the Kenai Peninsula. It is entitled “Alasstopped their way to Mount and Circle some Hot of Spring. In 1938, Depression ka’s Kenaion Peninsula” and illustrated withMcKinley many fine photographs, them taken by Mrs.the Allen herself. Pass To readlooked more oflike her life, visit http://peninsulaclarion.com/stories/021002/peo_0210020011. Moose a community with a future. Allen set about to promote the tow shtml from the Kenai Peninsula Online, posted 20 Feb 2002, By Diane Olthuis. advertising and reporting on various organizations and merchants. She reported on the Commission, Alaska Rail-road and Forest Service hirings. She touted the value of New D that benefited Alaskans. She chastised her neighbors for ordering supplies from the Low than buying from Moose Pass merchants. She faulted the city of Anchorage for promot to Whittier, when Seward was the key port. She accursed the Anchorage paper of falsif a poll that claimed that there was popular support for a Whittier tunnel. She scolded W appointing a non-Alaskan to the position of territory governor. She faulted the U.S. gov spending tax dollars for the Alaska Highway on Canadian soil, while Alaska was road po


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Newspaper Edition Vol. 1, No. 3 November 19, 1938


Newspaper Edition Vol. 1, No. 13 March 28, 1939


Newspaper Edition Vol. 1, No. 16 April 27, 1939


Newspaper Edition Vol. 1, No. 17 May 12, 1939


Newspaper Edition Vol. 1, No. 18 May 19, 1939


Newspaper Edition Vol. 1, No. 19 May 29, 1939


Newspaper Edition Vol. 1, No. 20 June 10, 1939


Newspaper Edition Vol. 1, No. 22 June 29, 1939


Newspaper Edition Vol. 1, No. 23 July 11, 1939


Newspaper Edition Vol. 1, No. 24 July 21, 1939


Newspaper Edition Vol. 1, No. 25 July 27, 1939


Newspaper Edition Vol. 1, No. 26 August 4, 1939


Newspaper Edition Vol. 1, No. 27 August 17, 1939


Newspaper Edition Vol. 1, No. 28 August 24, 1939


Newspaper Edition Vol. 1, No. 34 October 30, 1939


Newspaper Edition Vol. 1, No. 35 November 11, 1939


Newspaper Edition Vol. 1, No. 39 December 23, 1939


Newspaper Edition Vol. 1, No. 42 January 24, 1940


Newspaper Edition Vol. 1, No. 43 January 31, 1940


Newspaper Edition Vol. 1, No. 44 February 13, 1940


Newspaper Edition Vol. 2, No. 36 March 10, 1942


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