16 April 1964 (Thursday)
(Prepared by Karl Armstrong)

City Manager Ralph Jones yesterday received a long distance call confirming a report that the Small Business Administration had liberalized their disaster loan program. Jones said he was advised that a wire had been sent to ALL SBA offices to the effect that the head of the SBA had authorized loans up to $6,500,00 to any one borrower at three percent interest with no interest or principal payments for the first year and no principal payments for the next four years. In other words authorizing a five year moratorium on principal payments and a one year moratorium on interest payments.

The ferryboat service of the FAA between Woody Island and Kodiak has been operating on schedule since Monday, March 30, despite the fact that their vessel, the Fedair, was damaged and put out of commission by the tidal waves. Skipper Bill Torsen and his father are keeping the ferryboat schedule with their Karen Sue.

The State Legislature recessed yesterday (Wednesday) and will reconvene May 25th after legislators can get back to their individual communities to get a better idea of what aid and assistance can be speeded by their actions.

Faith in the community continues to be displayed by Kodiak businessmen whose buildings and/or inventories were destroyed. As fast as they can they have been finding new locations to operate out of or found some way to "make do" with damaged original locations. Latest business to relocate temporarily is Kodiak Jewelers which is now located in the Blinn Building in the office formerly occupied by Dr. Jaegar.

In the hectic and frantic hours following the disaster when everyone was busy trying to do their part to assist everyone else, crews of men, trucks and cars decended upon Naughton's Bakery seeking whatever was not spoiled by the flood waters that might be edible for the Civil Defense Kitchen warehouse set up for refugees. Among the items taken was a carton of "Enrichment wafers" used by commercial bakeries to enrich their products with various desireable vitamins. These little wafers, the size of a quarter and l/8th inch thick, are marvelous for enriching the huge commercial batches of bread BUT, they are NOT good for eating or using otherwise. They will make a person sick and turn one's skin yellow. These wafers contain enough vitamins for 1,120 people a day! All area residents are cautioned NOT to use these wafers.

Young Stan Thorsheim of Kodiak, who is attending the University of Alaska and last week was elected student body vice president, writes to remind Kodiak area residents that the University of Alaska desires people to sit down NOW and write their own experience and observations of the quake and tidal wave. The U of A has a group which seeks material which will be used in certain earthquake studies and become part of the record for posterity !s sake and use. While it is still fresh in your minds sit down and write to them at the University of Alaska.

The Orpheum Theatre management has made arrangements for use of the National Guard Armory to show it's films. Movies will be shown every night except Tuesdays and will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Officials of King Crab Inc. report that they expect to be processing herring roe at Zachar Bay in about ten days. The processing crew may require about 20 men and will be made up of local people they advise. The herring roe is a new fisheries development and the processed roe will be shipped to Japan where it is considered a delicacy. Two Japanese processing experts left for Zachar Bay on Tuesday to get the facilities prepared.

Milton Routzahn at the Chiniak Air Force Station tells us that the construction program is going ahead as scheduled. The big truckloads of materials being brought into town along with the many pieces of heavy construction equipment are all parts of the S.S. Mullens Co.'s Kodiak street construction program.

Curtis Saxton, local teacher and skipper-owner of the boat Gary tells us about seeing his crewless boat ride out of the harbor on one great surge of water during the tidal waves and disappear into the darkness headed in the direction of the Naval Base. He never saw the Gary again that night and figured it was among the missing sunk boats. However, at 6:00 a.m. the next morning while looking out a window of their house which sets above the beach down near where Pearson's boat storage used to be, Curtis and his wife Grace were amazed to see Gary come slowly sailing out from behind Near Island. As they watched Gary, which was riding high and dry, the boat came across the channel and finally rested quietly - right in front of their house! Skipper Len Helgason on his Foggy Cape put a line on her and towed it on up further in shore where Curt said he found almost no damage whatever to Gary. The Saxton's, who witnessed several vessels sink in the Near Island Channel near to their home, expressed gratitude to Skipper Helgason for his assistance in getting Gary back unharmed.

Bishop of Alaska. Bishop Ambrossey, of the Russian Orthodox Church arrived in Kodiak from Sitka early this week.

Alongside one breakwater the mast and rigging of the boat Fidelity are all that show above water to indicate that a boat lies sunk there. In answer to one woman's question as to what "those sticks" were, Kodiak Mirror Production Manager (and fishing enthusiast) Wayne Kotula replied "Those lady, are Fidelity Sticks."

According to mainland newspaper reports, the Bureau of Public Roads is undertaking an immediate study of damage to transportation facilities in all earthquake affected areas of Alaska, including Kodiak.

Yesterday's issue of this bulletin was erroneously numbered 17. It should have been #18. The editor was unable to get one boot off and had trouble counting that high.

The Sholl Barge was refloated on last night's flood tide and today Stan Alvine's crew was moving the Albatross on a steel sled, towed by two cats, towards the boat harbor.

KEA Manager Leon Johnson today advised that the KEA board had authorized a "crash' program" to get the Terror Lake hydroelectric power project underway as quickly as possible.

The Municipal Library will open Monday, April 20 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. FOR THE RETURN OF BOOKS ONLY.

The Orpheum Theatre management has announced that there will be movie matinees on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Anna's Apparel shop has become the base of operation for two other small businesses. Eggemeyer's Furniture will occupy the front end and Kodiak Jewelers the rear end of the shop while Anna's Apparal will continue to operate in between the two, "Sort of the smallest Bon Marche in existence, Jim Eggemeyer remarked. Kraft's Supermarket will be featuring music for shoppers again according to Walter Kraft. And Kraft's Men's wear will open Monday in the Doghouse Cafe location.

Father John J. Marx of St. Mary's parish today advised that their annual Ham and Roast beef dinner has been cancelled for obvious reasons. They are now in the process of refunding all advance ticket sales money with the children themselves returning the money to those they know about and others may obtain refunds from Fern Morton in Kraft's Supermarket he said.

A quake which registered a 7-plus was recorded at 9:29 a.m. this morning and associated press placed the epicenter of the quake in the Sanak area of the Aleutian Chain.

Lowell Wakefleld of Wakefield Fisheries this morning advised that his firm has embarked on a crash program to remove all machinery and equipment out of their Port Wakefield Crab processing facility which has been flooded on each high tide and is "virtually certain" to go whenever winds accompany a high tide. The old lower village building including the messhall, office and cannery, are all awash at high tides and expected to "go with the next blow." Wakefield said he was enroute to Seldovia to inspect his facility there.

Police Chief Jack Rhines today emphasized that the flow of traffic at the Post Office expecially between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., is very heavy and the flow of traffic must not be impeded by persons merely waiting for a parking space. Last night the traffic was bumper to bumper from the Post Office clear back to Patterson's Garage. ...probably Kodiak's first traffic jam. If this condition is not corrected voluntarily, extreme measures will have to be instituted.

The Alaska Reconstruction Commission's seven-man team sent to make on-the-spot observations of earthquake and tidal wave struck communities was in Kodiak Monday and will make recommendations to the Commission itself this week. The team is headed by Roswell New Mexico contractor B.B. Armstrong.

"CITY DEMOLITION WORK TO START" was yesterday's (Wednesday) banner headline in the Anchorage Times. The story said the Corps of Engineers was slated to begin this coming Saturday and merchants would be permitted time to salvage. In another story was a report that the authorities had blocked off the highway leading into Valdez where demolition and cleanup was starting. Here in Kodiak the Bureau of Yards and Docks took over Monday on the remainder of the cleanup and demolition activities. The major problem in the disaster area downtown appears to be how to get the big boats and barges back into the stream again.

Residents of Afognak have decided to relocate their village in Settler's Cove which is located in Kizhuyak Bay. The villagers, who will be assisted by the Lion's International Clubs with a $1,000,000 rebuilding fund, have decided to call their new village "Port Lions." Organizing the resettlement move is the Village Committee composed of Chairman Oscar Ellison, Frank Sheratine, John Nelson, Alfred Nelson and John Pestrakoff.

Two Chiniak employees this week made it into town riding motorcycles. Floyd "Chico" Gentis and Fred Hicks had to blaze trail in some areas at the headlands of Kalsin and Middle Bays. On their return trip they made it back in three hours and twenty minutes. And Tom Saia made the trip in a four wheel drive jeep. We received the following message from John & Sally Nosick who operate the Rendevous in Middle Bay: "Just wanted you to know we are not isolated out here, a four-wheel drive can make the Middle Bay washouts at low tide. Joe Zentner rode in on horseback from Pasaghak on day...also Ben Deadman rode in on horseback from Kalsin Bay to report another body he'd found. Last Saturday Mr. & Mrs. Owens came out by helicopter. Two men from the tracking station got all the way to town and back on motorcycles, at low tide of course. We hope to see you as soon as the road is O.K. for us. If everyone was as fortunate in their damage losses as we are, it would be wonderful. Thank God for small favors." (Ed. note: Lacking a horse or 4-wheel drive, we will have to try out the helicopter which can be rented at Harvey's Flying Service!)

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