homesteads

EARLIEST MATANUSKA VALLEY HOMESTEADS

(an incomplete list)


By  Coleen Mielke  2017


Homesteading in Alaska started in 1898,
however  by 1910, there were only 20 homesteads state wide !!

By 1940, there were still under 1,000 homestead patents in total.
By the 1980's, when the program ended, only 3,500 homesteads
had been granted during the entire life of the program.


Rules, to obtain a homestead patent, were few and fairly straight forward.  
Between 5/14/1898  and  3/2/1903  a claimant could apply for 80 acres
Between 3/3/1903  and  7/7/1916  claimant could apply for 320 acres
Between 7/8/1916  and the 1980's  a claimant could apply for 160 acres

In Alaska, the requirements to receive your homestead patent were:

1.  You had to be 21 years old and the head of the family.
2.  You had to live on the land for 5 consecutive years   (3 consecutive years after 6/5/1912)
    * Some allowances were acceptable for short stays away due to medical, short term work and short vacations.
    * People in the Armed Service could apply to have part of their military time used as substitute for               homestead dwelling time.
3.  You had to build and live in a habitable dwelling. *Tents were not accepted as a habitable dwelling.
4.  You had to have no less than 1/8th of your land under cultivation


The following 70  homestead patents were granted to Matanuska Valley residents between 1916 and 1926.  
Keep in mind that these people were residing on their homesteads at least 3 years PRIOR to their patent date

NAME
DATE HOMESTEAD STAKED (an approximate-calculated date)
PATENT GRANTED
HOMESTEAD SIZE
Marino, Ben
1917
2/2/1920
151
Hughes, William
1914
10/17/1917
243
Metz, Jacob
1919
5/18/1922
316
Reising, Ab
1917
5/14/1920
320
Walby, Hans L.
1918
11/15/1921
320
Thorpe, Clyde C.
1916
8/29/1919
320
Swanson, August G.
1915
8/22/1918
240
Edlund, John Fridolf
1919
3/13/1922
240
Duncklee, Edward A.
1916
10/9/1919
319
Conway, Joseph
1920
3/15/1923
320
Gates, George A.
1920
4/24/1923
265
Moffatt, William A.
1917
6/16/1920
320
Crocker, Frederick M.
1918
8/29/1921
301
Olson, Arthur
1919
2/1/1922
320
Cornelius, Roy A.
1919
5/18/1922
320
Olson, Axel
1916
12/3/1919
320
McDougal, Thomas
1916
11/24/1919
320
McCaughey, Hugh
1917
6/14/1920
160
Miller, Ira
1917
6/16/1920
157
Wilson, Charles Henry
1918
10/15/1921
320
Rasmussen, Julius
1917
10/30/1920
160
Larson, William H.
1920
6/2/1923
80
Fleckenstein, Christopher
1920
5/19/1923
320
Fleckenstein, Frank J.
1920
1/9/1923
160
Winchester, Frank J.
1917
6/16/1920
320
Loken, John M.
1917
5/14/1920
306
Nylen, George
1916
10/11/1919
157
O'Brien, John J.
1919
6/21/1922
320
Clyde, George Mapes
1920
5/3/1923
40
Neklason, John R.
1917
9/2/1920
295
Neklason, Necolous H.
1919
11/24/1922
320
Haller, Gustav Adolf
1919
1/14/1922
20
Shough, Harry C.
1916
2/1/1919
5   (town of Wasilla)
Springer, John August
1917
6/29/1920
287
Bugge, John J.
1917
2/2/1920
320
Miller, Oliver Cromwell
1915
7/19/1918
320
Werner, Adam
1918
11/15/1921
320
Abrahamson, Gustaf
1918
11/15/1921
273
Engstrom, Carl
1917
12/10/1920
320
Agnew, Benjamin
1919
11/10/1922
158
Anderson, Oscar
1919
5/18/1922
157
Needham, Nelson
1918
11/15/1921
320
Hunt, Samuel
1919
2/16/1922
165
Johnson, Axel Herman
1917
1/22/1920
159
Krogh, Oliver O.
1917
9/2/1920
160
Loken, John M.
1917
5/14/1920
306
Smith, Theron A.
1922
10/7/1925
160
Moshier, George  S.
1919
2/13/1922
260
Bogard, William J.
1916
7/14/1919
301
Saindon, George Henry
1918
11/8/1921
160
Saindon, John William
1918
11/22/1921
80
Rupprecht, John
1919
3/13/1922
134
Bodenburg, John Henry
1918
11/8/1921
160
Stern, Christ
1917
12/17/1920
317(willed land to city of Wasilla in 1927)
Ulanky, Charles
1915
7/19/1918
287
Cobb, Arthur A.
1918
8/29/1921
202  (town of Matanuska)
Hoffman, Frank
1923
8/24/1926
26   (town of Matanuska)
Cannon, Frank
1919
2/13/1922
159
Carter, Fred
1917
6/16/1920
320
Crocker, Frederick M.
1918
8/29/1921
301
Frydenlund, Hans Fredrik
1920
3/7/1923
160
Gronwoldt, Herman John
1920
6/13/1923
153
Gustafson, Gustaf Emil
1920
4/6/1923
320
McCallie, John Hugh
1919
8/23/1922
159
Egtvet, Clifford
1917
6/16/1920
230
Hermann, George H.
1923
5/4/1916
160
Heady, John M.
1919
3/12/1922
160












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