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Reddekopp, Elwood & Mabel K.

by Mabel Reddekopp

I was born in Osceola, Wisconsin, on September 20, 1915. My family moved to Oregon when I was five years old, first living near Portland and later moving to Tillamook to dairy farming country. I graduated from Tillamook High School in 1932. After my mother’s death in 1931, I stayed at home to take care of five younger brothers and sisters. We later moved to Cloverdale in South Tillamook County in 1933. It was there I met my future husband, Elwood. We were married in October, 1935. We had three children, Stanley, Dwain, and Nancy.

After Elwood’s service in World War II, we moved to Auke Bay, took up a homesite and proved up on it to get the patent. I still live on that property. Elwood is now deceased but worked at commercial fishing, trolling for salmon. He built two small trollers of his own design and was able to compete very successfully with other fishermen. He worked at carpentering during off seasons and was the person in charge of building the log chapel for the Chapel by the Lake.

I was a stay home mom until Nancy was a senior in high school. On a dare, I took the civil service exam, passed it and worked for the Federal Government for 21 years and then retired. We’ve seen many changes in Juneau, Auke Bay and all of Alaska. When our kids started school in Juneau the bus fleet consisted of two, and every one went to school in Juneau up on Fifth Street. The family has observed many changes that have taken place since then.

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