DR. A. HOLMES & "FROSTY" RETURN
Dr. A. Holmes and "Frosty" Johnson returned to Kodiak today from Australia where they had been informed of the earthquake and tidal wave. Dr. A. Holmes said they heard only that Kodiak had been totally destroyed and could get no further word for four days. They were on a Rotary Good Will trip around the world and at the time of learning of the disaster they were in the desert of northern Australia.
KRAFT STORES TO OPEN
Walter Kraft this morning announced plans for opening the Kraft Dry Goods store in the old Island Fountain Building and the Kraft Men's Wear Store in the Doghouse location. Both stores will open this coming week he said. The Kraft Hardware operation is now a joint enterprise of Krafts and Norman Sutliff in the Sutliff & Son store on the base road.
EGGEMEYER'S FURNITURE LOCATION
The Eggemeyer Furniture store has temporarily relocated in their warehouse located behind Jerry's Garage. Jim Eggemeyer advised he is exploring plans for building a new structure to house their store.
REVEREND BULLOCK BACK
Rev. Don Bullock returned today from Anchorage. He reported sighting emmense ammounts of debris floating from five to ten miles north of Kodiak Island. He also noted that Mission and Potato Patch Lakes are now an integral part of the sea and form a "Mission Lagoon" which would lend itself well to being an ideal marina for sport craft.
LIONS INTERNATIONAL TO REBUILD AFOGNAK
The Lions International Organization is scheduled to build a new village for the people of Afognak according to news brought back from Anchorage by Rev. Don Bullock. He reports the Lions International has pledged to raise $1,000,000 to build a new Afognak wherever the villagers finally decide to locate. They have already raised $500,000 toward their goal.
ANTON LARSON BAY
Rancher Dewitt Fields reports he lost a few head of his beef herd and some small buildings to the tidal wave but that otherwise he fared okay in Anton Larson Bay. He said he had talked with Gracie Hurst who came in from Ugak Bay (Saltery Cove) to get feed for their herd. Gracie told him that they lost half their herd there and that she and her husband Ron spent four days living on the side of a mountain after the tidal waves swept their home and other structures away. One unusual sight they observed during the earthquake were "explosions" in Ugak Bay which sent huge geysers high into the air.
Harold Naughton of NaughtonTs Bakery today advised they hoped to have the bakery resume operations "on a limited hand basis" by May 4th. The bakery facilities inside the bakery were completely ruined although it appears that the building withstood the tidal wave surges, Crews have been cleaning up the tremendous mess inside the building which at the time of the disaster and inundation of the building had been completely stocked in preparation for the order for furnishing their Russian Rye bread for the New York World's Fair. It is not known at this time if they will find it feasible to provide the bread for the Alaska Exhibit.
City Manager Ralph Jones and the City Council met with Navy officials Thursday to discuss the operation of a Navy drydock now enroute from San Diego. The 175 x 45' facility is due to arrive here on April 18. It is anticipated that a private ship repair contractor will operate the repair facility. An officer and five Navy men are accompanying the drydock and will raise and lower the dock.
The Federal Aviation Administration is not contemplating any immediate change in the FAA facilities operating on Woody Island, according to Ralph Westover of the Anchorage FAA headquarters. He said they plan to rebuild the Woody Island Dock which served the Fedair Ferryboat.
Cmdr. H. Krakow, 17th Naval District Civil Engineer, tells us that plans for construction of 100 housing units on the Naval Base here remain the same. "We have had no change in our plans to build these units, " he stated. Kodiak Naval Station Commandant, Capt. Roy Gee, scoffed at recent rumors that the base would be closed. "There's been no such thoughts even before the disaster and certainly there are none now," he said.
The first printed issue of the Kodiak Mirror is due on this afternoons Pacific Northern Flight with Wayne Kotula, according to Publisher Sig Digree. It contains many pictures of the destruction done to Kodiak.
POLAR BEAR NOW OPEN
Tommy & Mary Gallagher today advised they have reopened their Polar Bear Cafe in the same location.
LOST SAVINGS BONDS
Kodiak Savings Bond Chairman Ed Naughton today advised that forms for applying for U.S. Savings Bonds which might have been lost in the tidal wave are now available at both banks.
City Manager Ralph Jones has been negotiating with the Housing & Home Finance Agency (HHFA) for grants under the APW program which will include, among other things, the following projects, the estimated total cost of which is nearly $5,000,000, Sanitary Sewers, Water Distribution, Storm Sewers, Street Paving, City Dock, Library & Museum, City Hall, City Jail, Police & Fire Station, Airport Improvements, Road to and on Near Island. It is understood that the proposed grant program will provide at least 75 percent of the funds required for these projects.
KODIAK'S BUSINESS LOSS
A number of persons have inquired how badly Kodiak's business district was hit and for those unable to view the incredible destruction the tidal waves inflicted following is a list of the business firms which were virtually wiped out. Ye might add that we have yet to find one businessman who is not voicing hopes and intentions of reestablishing his business here. Some, like the Kodiak Branch, First National Bank of Anchorage were able to reopen in their same location. These included the Casino, Village Bar, and to a very crude and limited extent, Kraft's Supermarket and Kodiak Welding Shop. Others like Kodiak Suppliers, Kodiak Laundry, Kodiak Airways, Island Electronics, Electronics Associates, Kodiak Aleutian Realty* Alaska Transfer & Storage, Kodiak Mirror, Eggemeyer Furniture, Thompson Transfer, Union Oil, were able to find new temporary locations. The KEA is operating again as is Alaska Ice & Storage. Most of the following firms however had their places of business and most of their inventories destroyed:
KRAFT DRY GOODS ELKS BOWLING LANES KRAFT HARDWARE CURLEY'S BARBER SHOP KRAFT MEN'S WEAR SHIPS TAVERN KRAFT SUPERMARKET POLAR BEAR CAFE NAUGHTON'S BAKERY NORMAN'S PHOTO MARTIN'S HARBORVIEW PLUMBING FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF ANCHORAGE BREAKER'S LIQUOR STORE RENAULT SALES EGGEMEYERS FURNITURE STORE KODIAK ALEUTIAN REALTY MECCA BAR, 49 ROOM & LIQUOR STORE MARTIN'S KING CRAB KODIAK LAUNDRY VILLAGE BAR KODIAK MIRROR DAD'S BARBER SHOP KODIAK CLEANERS OSCAR BAILEY-QUADRA KODIAK LAUNDROMAT ARDINGER'S MUSIC SHOP CLARK'S GARAGE ANCHORAGE AUTO PARTS & EQUIPMENT COURT APTS. KODIAK WELDING COOK APTS BRECHAN'S REPAIR SHOP FULLER APTS KODIAK CAFE MARINE VIEW APTS. SHOLL'S MARINE REPAIR DEVEAU ELECTRONICS KNUDSEN'S ANTHONY'S ACCOUNTANCY LILL'S CAFE THOMPSON'S TRANSFER KODIAK JEWELRY NAUGHTON'S STANDBY BAKERY & WAREHOUSE KIA LUNDS KNIT SHOP TONY'S BAR & LIQUOR STORE UNION OIL SALES SOLLY'S "OFFICE" KING CRAB INC. THE SPORTLAND ALASKA KING CRAB RECREATION HALL ALASKA PACKERS ASS'N MECCA CAB DONNELLEY & ACHESON ACE CAB STANDARD OIL ORPHEUM THEATRE ALVINE'S MARINE REPAIR ISLAND ELECTRONICS KEA ELECTRONICS ASSOCIATES ADF&G ADMN. BUILDING KODIAK TELEPHONE CO. F & W WAREHOUSE ELKS CLUB BEACHCOMBERSThese do not include the many private homes destroyed. We may have inadvertently not included other businesses on the above list.
The City Manager, Ralph S. Jones received the following letter and cartoon from W.C. Kingston of the Washington Fish & Oyster Company, Seattle, Washington.
I thought that the enclosed cartoon quite aptly fit your position in Kodiak.
I would like to comment on the tremendous job that the people of Kodiak were doing toward rehabilitating their city. I was tremendously impressed with the leadership and energy being expended by everyone."