Jessie Lee Childrens Home in Alaska
 
 
 

Jesse Lee Children's Home

Unalaska, Alaska 1985--1924
Seward, Alaska 1924--1964
Anchorage, Alaska 1964--1970

 
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BACKGROUND


In 1895, the Superintendent of Education for the Territory of Alaska (Sheldon Jackson) sent a teacher named Agnes Louisa Sowle* to teach in Alaska. When Agnes found herself caring for orphaned children in the remote Aleut village of Unalaska, she wrote to her father (Isaac Collins Sowle) and explained the situation to him. He secured funding for a small orphanage through the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church. They named the orphanage, the Jesse Lee Children's Home, named after Jesse Lee (1758-1816) a pioneer Methodist clergyman from Virginia.

To assist Agnes, the mission hired Dr. Albert Warren Newhall, of Massachusetts, as a medical missionary for the school; on 7/6/1898, Agnes Sowle and Albert Newhall were married; they had 3 children: the first one was a girl named Isabella Frances; she was born in June of 1899 but died 13 months later.

In 1902, Dr. Newhall was appointed as Superintendent of the orphanage. That same year, they had a baby named Chester Albert. In 1903, they had a baby girl named Edith Marguerite. Mrs. Newhall suddenly died of a stroke on 8/6/1917. She is buried in the Unalaska City Cemetery next to her baby daughter, she was only 48 years old. Four years after Agnes died, on 9/27/1921, Dr. Newhall married Emma Eugenia Supernaw, a matron at the Jesse Lee Home. They moved to Barrow in 1925 where they had a baby boy named Warren Blake Newhall; the baby died at age 4 months.
 



  Jesse Lee Children's Home
Unalaska, Alaska

By the early spring of 1919, everyone assumed the Spanish influenza had skipped Unalaska, however on May 23, 1919, people started getting very sick and a request for emergency help was made. The Coast Guard Cutter Unalga (headed  by Capt. F.E.Dodge) was patroling Alaska and got the call. It took the ship almost 5 days to reach Unalaska.


U.S. COAST GUARD CUTTER  UNALGA

Dodge made an inspection of the village and wrote the following: "Native population all down and helpless, unable to cook or care for themselves in any way. All teachers and inmates of the Jesse Lee Home sick and helpless, all government school teachers sick and helpless, the people at the jail and A.C.Co. house are sick and helpless, all at the U.S.Naval Radio Station Co. house are sick and helpless..."

The crew of the Unalga went to work; help came from the ships surgeon, the ships pharmacy, the commissary prepared food, the ships carpenters built coffins and others dug graves. Men from the ship went into homes and built fires, delivered buckets of soup, nursed the sick and carried out the dead. The Unalga crew continued this life support, night and day, for two full weeks. By June 13th, the epidemic was over; 44 people in Unalaska were dead.

The Spanish influenza of 1918-1919 decimated many Alaska Native villages, leaving hundreds of children without parents. This resulted in overcrowding at the Jesse Lee Children's Home in Unalaska. Dr. Newhall wrote the following letter about the severity of the deadly epidemic.

"The years 1918 and 1919 will long be remembered as the time when the "flu" came to Alaska, although it has made a passing visit to places missed on the first round. It came to Unalaska in the spring when one of the boats came from the States, and in less than 2 days, all the village was laid low. The doctor was among the first victims and at the Jesse Lee Home, the family of 75 were laid low, all except 2 boys and 1 girl. Out of a population of 300 in the village proper, 45 died in less than 10 days, but in the orphanage, 1 teacher and 1 girl passed away.

In the Bristol Bay region, whole villages were devastated and in one place, every person had died while the ferocious dogs, having finished their ghoulish work, ran wild. A relief vessel came to that  place and the sailors had to shoot the dogs before they could enter the village, a desolate place indeed and only half gnawed bones lying about on the ground told the story.

In another settlement, whole families were found dead in the houses. In one home, a mother was found dead upon the bed, while upon her breast a little baby that had died from starvation. A woman went in to one house and found the mother lying on the bed, life was extinct and close beside her, a little baby still living but emaciated, weak and trying to get some nourishment from its mother. Dead bodies were pulled out of houses, rolled in blankets and disposed of.

In the Eskimo village across Snake River, about all the adults died and more than 100 little children were left orphans. In order to protect the dead bodies from dogs, the bodies were piled up in small rooms until no more could be put in.

It was the same everywhere, the pestilence spread from place to place and at last drew near to the village of Kinigan. The flu had appeared in a village some 60 miles from Kinigan and many of the people had died. It was cold weather, bitterly cold and much snow upon the ground. The mail carrier came with his sled and dogs, left his load and then made ready for the journey to the next village...the village of Kinigin.

The mail sacks were placed upon the sled and the dogs restlessly awaited the order to go. Ki-tuk and his companion Tek-tuk were used to winter storms. They did not care about the wind that blew so hard or the blizzard that might rage and cover up the path. They both knew no fear and could trust their huskies to carry them through. Ki-tuk and his companion laughed at the storm, but before long, Ki-tuk began to feel sick. His head began to ache and he felt dizzy. All of his bones were aching and he was burning with heat from within, even though it was cold. All of his strength was fast going and he could not sit up to guide the dogs anymore, so he laid down on the mail sacks in his sled. At the next stopping place, Ki-tuk was dead.

Tek-tuk was now driving the dogs faster and faster, anxious to reach the next village where a short stay would be made. His head was dizzy and his bones were aching. Chills were going up and down his backbone and he was burning up with fever and could hardly sit up to guide his load.  Once Tek-tuk got to the next village, he stepped off of the sled, staggered to the house, entered it and died.

An Eskimo was found who would take the mail on to Kinigin. Since Ki-tuk was from that place, his frozen body was laid on the sled full of mail sacks and the journey was made in due time. The people of Kinigin were all ill with the flu. Soon many were dead and among them was Wey-ak-k-new, the mother of Ad-loo-at. While her son had been an earnest Christian for many years, she had never turned from her old superstitions, the belief in evil spirits and faith in the power of the witch doctor.  She died without knowledge of God's love and saving grace.

All of Kinigin was ill with the flu and none were left to care for the sick. Ad-loo-at was at Shishmareff, teaching school and helping in mission work. He had left his wife and children well and happy. Food had been laid in for them, wood gathered, chopped and stored away for winters use. Then came a day when he said good-bye and took the trail for his winters work at Shishmareff.

One day, a dog sled appeared in Shishmareff and a young man went hastily to the mission house where Ad-loo-at lived. The man told him that everybody was sick at Kinigin and plenty people died. Your wife and all the children are very sick and there is no one to care for them. Friends told Ad-loo-at to stay in Shishmareff so he would not get sick, but he went back to his family.

Ad-loo-at found his village deserted, all was still as death, but his family was spared, but very ill. He worked to save them and little by little they were getting better. A baby was born, but passed away shortly. Ad-loo-at prayed to God for his loved ones and believed that all would come out for the best. He paid the price when the chills, aching bones, fever, and weakness came upon him.

The superintendent of schools at Nome heard of the illness in Kinigin and sent Mrs. E.W.Tashner, a Christian nurse from the Mission Hospital to help them. She went to Ad-loo-at's home and cared for his family. She bathed his fevered brow, spoke words of cheer and comfort, however, he died. Ad-loo-at had done his best, he gave his life for the ones he loved."


~~~~~

After the influenza epidemic, the Women's Home Missionary Society had a decision to make. Not only were the orphanage buildings aging and in disrepair, but it had become very expensive to transport children and necessary supplies to the remote Aleut village of Unalaska, so they decided to move the orphanage to Seward in 1924. The federal government donated 100 acres on the west side of Resurrection Bay for the project; it was 1½ miles north west of downtown Seward.

The main buildings were originally designed by Stanley Shaw a Washington architect. A local contractor named John Holm built them; Charles Lechner did the plumbing and heating and Gerhard Johnson did all of the plaster and stucco. The first superintendents were Mr. and Mrs. Charles T. Hatton.

Jewel Guard Hall and Goode Hall were built first. Jewel Guard Hall housed a workshop, vocational training classrooms, a photographic dark room, class rooms, a library, a chapel and a gymnasium. Goode Hall held a dormitory and administrative offices; the two buildings were about 200' apart.

Next came the Balto Building which housed the main dining hall, kitchen and food storage. It was  named in honor of a sled dog that led the final leg of the 1925 diphtheria antitoxin run to Nome. The Balto Building sat between Jewel Guard Hall and Goode Hall and was a 2 story building with a full basement.

The orphanage housed an average of 120 children between the age of 1st and 8th grade. The children were given basic educational classes and taught a variety of life skills. They took care of farm animals (8 cows, 21 pigs, 150 chickens and 12 milk goats) and learned how to do laundry, tend a garden, preserve fish and berries, carpentry skills, shoe repair and rug making. The boys also dug a 1/2 mile of sewer line for the school.

 
Jesse Lee Children's Home
Seward, Alaska

Photo taken by Henry Murray in 1956

During World War II, the orphanage was evacuated and the children were sent to a boarding school at Eklutna. The orphanage buildings were painted a camouflage color in case of an attack and a large military tent city was set up, it was called Fort Raymond.

FORT RAYMOND


Military tents called Fort Raymond
on Jesse Lee Children's Home property during WWII
Consortium Library Collection
University of Alaska


In 1946, the Jesse Lee Home re-opened. In 1964, an earthquake damaged the orphanage buildings and the children were permanently relocated to Anchorage.


The next 5 photographs were taken  by  Harry Murray in 1956
at the Jesse Lee Children's Home in Seward



Superintendent Don Lee's wife and son




Miss Edna Sexton and Frank Trigg and Gordon Henrich
The above photo identified by Ann Wemark-Rodgers 2019




Interior of the Jesse Lee Children's
Home Dining Hall in Seward



Jesse Lee Children's Home Dining Hall in Seward




Sitting - Archie Wemark, standing - Gordon Henric
People in above photo identified by
Ann Wemark-Rodgers 2019


In 1970, the business end of the Jesse Lee Children's Home merged with the Lutheran Youth Center and the Anchorage Christian Children's Home. The new name for the merged businesses was Alaska Children's Services.


*MORE PHOTOS AT BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE*


1900  U. S.  CENSUS
JESSE LEE CHILDREN'S HOME
UNALASKA, ALASKA

NAME
BORN
FATHER BORN
MOTHER BORN
NOTES
Newhall, Agnes
Newhall, Albert
Newhall, Isabelle
1869 New York
1872 Massachusetts
1899 Alaska
New York
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
New York
Massachusetts
New York
Matron of Orphanage (to Alaska 1895)
Teacher (to Alaska 1898)
Daughter of Agnes
Darling, Ella
1870 New York


Assistant Teacher (to Alaska 1900)
Dekahroff, Fedosia
1875 Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Mandragon, Maggie
1883 Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

King, Annie
1887 Alaska
England
Alaska

Tittoff, Irene
1886 Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Tittoff, Sophia
1887 Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Nikiton, Alexandra
1884 Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Melovedoff, Maria
1889 Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Diaconoff, Maria
1888 Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Nefsuroff, Marsha
1888 Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Repin, Alexandra
1886 Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Bentzen, Annie
1894 Alaska
Denmark
Alaska

Reinkin, Tillie
1891 Alaska
Germany
Alaska

Fratis, John
1885 Alaska
Hawaii
Alaska

Medovisoff, Alexia
1891 Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Nutbeem, Feodor
1895 Alaska
England
Alaska

Glaktianoff, Gabriel
1892 Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Adlooat
1883 Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Eskimo


1910  U.S. CENSUS
JESSE LEE CHILDREN'S HOME
UNALASKA, ALASKA

NAME
BORN
FATHER BORN
MOTHER BORN
NOTES
Spence, Dr. Frank H.
Spence, Jessie S. (wife)
1857 New York
1856 Ohio
New York
New York
New York
New YOrk
Superintendent of Orphanage
Golovin, Nellie
1893 Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Petersen, Annie
1895 Alaska
Norway
Alaska

Alexander, Jennie
1896 Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Netterasoff, Marie
1893 Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Handwriting hard to read possible errors
Mobeck, Katie
1897 Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Vickaloff, Alexandra
1895 Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Levett, Lucy
1896 Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Swansen, Annie
1898 Alaska
Norway
Alaska

Swansen, Helen
1900 Alaska
Norway
Alaska

Petersen, Amelia
1900 Alaska
Norway
Alaska

Hansen, Mary
1896 Alaska
Norway
Alaska

Petersen, Anesia
1899 Alaska
Norway
Alaska

Shapsnakoff, Agnes
1906 Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
See photo
Lee, Hilda
1904 Alaska
Scotland
Alaska

Holmberg, Nellie
1900 Alaska
Germany
Alaska
See photo
Krukoff, Lena
1895 Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Bayless, William
1903 Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Swansen, Henry
1895 Alaska
Sweden
Alaska

Nutbeem, Theodore
1895 Alaska
England
Alaska

Mobeak, John
1897 Alaska
Germany
Alaska

Gordon, Thomas
1894 Alaska
Massachusetts
Alaska

Sefory, Daniel
1896 Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Handwriting hard to read possible errors
Chilidor, Fred
1898  Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Handwriting hard to read possible errors
Petersen,  Nicholi
1897 Alaska
Norway
Alaska

Porter, George
1895 Alaska
Massachusetts
Alaska

Pulatoff, James
1902 Alaska
Norway
Alaska
Handwriting hard to read possible errors
Morton, Paul
1899 Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Petersen, Enokente
1901 Alaska
Norway
Alaska

Petersen, George
1902 Alaska
Norway
Alaska

Oliver, Simeon
1902 Alaska
?
Alaska

Hansen, Nicholi
1902 Alaska
Norway
Alaska

Golovan, Peter
1901 Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Mobrek, Ben
1899 Alaska
Massachusetts
Alaska

Spordnikoff, Peter
1902 Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Handwriting hard to read possible errors
Lee, Charley
1903 Alaska
Kentucky
Alaska

Spoznikoff, John
1904 Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Handwriting hard to read possible errors
Golovan, Stanley
1908 Alaska
Alaska
Alaska



1920  U.S. CENSUS
JESSE LEE CHILDREN'S HOME
UNALASKA, ALASKA

NAME
AGE
FATHER BORN
MOTHER BORN
NOTES
Newhall, Dr. Albert W.
Newhall, Chester A. (son)
Newhall, Edith M. (daughter)
47
17
16


Superintendent of Orphanage
Janitor of Orphanage
Winchell, Mary E.
41


Matron
Supernaw, Emma E.
38


Mission Worker
Smith, Olive
64


Mission Worker
Gavitt, Edith P.
28


Mission Worker
Ketchum, Lotta
30


Mission Worker
Morton, Paul
20


Mission Worker (born in Alaska)
Oliver, Simeon
17
To faint to read
To faint to read
Born in Alaska
Lee, Charles
16
To faint to read
To faint to read

Peterson, George
17
To faint to read
To faint to read

Harris, James
12
To faint to read
To faint to read

Cavin, Aleck
9
To faint to read
To faint to read
Handwriting hard to read, possible errors
Nelson, Charles
9
To faint to read
To faint to read

Munson, Andrew
11
To faint to read
To faint to read

Heidell, Nick
7
To faint to read
To faint to read

Nielsen, Thomas
10
To faint to read
To faint to read

Benson, Bennie G.
7
To faint to read
To faint to read

Benson, Carl
5
To faint to read
To faint to read

Peters, Louis
2
To faint to read
To faint to read

Peterson, Andrew
5
To faint to read
To faint to read

Nielson, George
13
To faint to read
To faint to read

Munson, Martin
10
To faint to read
To faint to read

Smith, Henry O.
13
To faint to read
To faint to read

Marchusen, Nick
12
To faint to read
To faint to read
Handwriting hard to read, possible errors
Waln, Cecil
14
To faint to read
To faint to read

Carpenter, Manoona
12
To faint to read
To faint to read

Pestrikoff, William
13
To faint to read
To faint to read

Carlson, August
12
Finland
Alaska

Clavic, Stephen
12
To faint to read
To faint to read

Clavic, Larsen
5
To faint to read
To faint to read

Chepitnoi, Fred
21
To faint to read
To faint to read

Petterson, Henry
18
To faint to read
To faint to read

Nutbeem, Theodore
26
To faint to read
To faint to read

Nielson, Mary
17
Denmark
Alaska

Lee, Hilda
15
To faint to read
To faint to read
Died 1921 Measles Epidemic  buried Unalaska
Hatch, Agnes
13
To faint to read
To faint to read

Waln, Lydia
12
To faint to read
To faint to read
See photo
Gartleman, Katie
9
To faint to read
To faint to read
Handwriting hard to read, possible errors
Carlson, Olga
3
To faint to read
To faint to read

Aguvaluk, Oltia
13
To faint to read
To faint to read

Smith, Dolly
12
To faint to read
To faint to read

Andre, Ida
12
To faint to read
To faint to read
Born: Chignik    Died 12/20/1920 TB + Measles
Clavic, Lucy
8
To faint to read
To faint to read

Prokopoeff, Ceineda
14
To faint to read
To faint to read

Balmatoff, Dora
13
To faint to read
To faint to read

Pestrikoff, May
8
To faint to read
To faint to read

Balmatoff, Emma
10
To faint to read
To faint to read



1930 U.S. CENSUS
JESSE LEE CHILDREN'S HOME
SEWARD, ALASKA

NAME
BORN
FATHER BORN
MOTHER BORN
NOTES
Hatten, Charles
Hatten, Myrtle C.
Hatten, Canterberry C.
Hatten, Myrtle Hope
Hatten, Edith Ann
Age 38 b. Illinois
Age 37 b. Illinois
Age 12 b. Illinois
Age 7   b. Washington
Age 3   b. Alaska


Superintendent of Orphanage
Wife
Son
Daughter
Daughter
King, J. Dean
King, Millie
King, Dorothy Jean
King, Millalena
Age 35 b. Kansas
Age 36 b. Nebraska
Age 7 b. Oklahoma
Age 4  b. Oklahoma


Orphanage Employee
Wife
Daughter
Daughter
Stewart, Beth
Thornton, Blanche
Gould, Anna Irene
Beedle, Olive B.
Knap, Isabelle M.
Age 29 b. Illinois
Age 30 b. Kansas
Age 34 b. Alaska
Age 44 b. Wisconsin
Age 42 b. New York


Nova Scotia


Alaska
Orphanage Employee
Orphanage Employee
Orphanage Employee
Orphanage Employee
Orphanage Employee
Anderson, William
14
Norway
Alaska

Anderson, Rose
16
Norway
Alaska

Anderson, Patricia
11 b. Oregon
?
?

Ayak, Bessie
18
Alaska
Alaska
Eskimo
Amuk, Francis W.
15
Alaska
Alaska
Handwriting hard to read, possible errors
Ahlooksook, Moses
13
Alaska
Alaska

Aroosuk, Kanna
11
Alaska
Alaska

Balmatoff, John
11
Alaska
Alaska

Bayou, Paul
Bayou, Catherine
9
5
Alaska
Alaska

Benson, Benjamin
Benson, Carl
17
15
Norway
Norway
Alaska
Alaska

Bean, Clara
Bean, Joseph
16
12
California
California
Alaska
Alaska

Bankes, Mary
16
Alaska
Alaska

Blackjack, Bennet
Blackjack, William
13
5
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Conn, Aleck
17
Alaska
Alaska
Handwriting hard to read, possible errors
Carifornsky, Paul
5
Alaska
Alaska
Name  most likely Californsky
Carlson, Charlie
Carlson, Alice
Carlson, Marie
Carlson, John
Carlson, Julia
Carlson, Clara
Carlson, Wylma
17
16
15
12
11
10
5
Sweden
Sweden
Sweden
Sweden
Sweden
Sweden
Sweden
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Domiono, Nicolas
14
Greece
Alaska

Eakin, Minnie
10
Alaska
Alaska

Elyak, Clarence
18
Alaska
Alaska

Elinglouk, David
17
Alaska
Alaska

Etezruk, Eddie
16
Alaska
Alaska
Handwriting hard to read, possible errors
Hegeson, Kattie
19
Alaska
Alaska
Handwriting hard to read, possible errors
Joleey, Annie
17
Alaska
Alaska

Gardner, Mattie
Gardner, Nick
13
12
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Harris, Mary
18
Alaska
Alaska

Hidel, Nick
16
Alaska
Alaska
Handwriting hard to read, possible errors
Holstrom, Marie
16
Alaska
Alaska

Hughes, John
Hughes, Mary
Hughes, George
Hughes, Helen
Hughes, Alice
15
13
12
10
6
England
England
England
England
England
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Kivik, Lucy
18
Alaska
Alaska
Handwriting hard to read, possible errors
Kistensten, Helen
Kistensten, Stephen
Kistensten, Stanley
14
11
8
Norway
Norway
Norway
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Handwriting hard to read, possible errors
Kanyak, Willis
16
Alaska
Alaska

Kalmakoff, Ephram
Kalmakoff, Inakenti
17
11
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Koutchen, George
8
Alaska
Alaska

Larson, Mary
18
Sweden
Alaska

Lyons, William
Lyons, Mollie
Lyons, Lillie
17
16
10
England
England
England
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Lange, Harriett
Lange, Charles
Lange, John
Lange, Fred
16
15
14
12
Germany
Germany
Germany
Germany
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Little, Katherine
Little, Lorna
14
15
?
?
Alaska
Alaska
Handwriting hard to read, possible errors
Handwriting hard to read, possible errors
McKeon, Helen
?
Washington
Alaska

Mtfay, Annie
Mtfay, Anecia
15
11
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Name probably Matfay
Malanado, Victor
Malanado, Herbert
12
10
Mexico
Mexico
Alaska
Alaska
Handwriting hard to read, possible errors
Handwriting hard to read, possible errors
Nelson, Charles
10?
Sweden
Alaska
Handwriting hard to read, possible errors
Nevzroff, Mallia
13
Alaska
Alaska

Nensuk, Jack
14
Alaska
Alaska
Handwriting hard to read, possible errors
Nozkoff, Irene
Nozkoff, Olga
14
14
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Handwriting hard to read, possible errors
Nyman, Ellen
Nyman, Ethel
Nyman, Nick
Nyman, Florence
13
9
7
2
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Clawsine, Eva
18
Alaska
Alaska
Handwriting hard to read, possible errors
Olson, Harry
Olson, George
Olson, Mary
13
7
2
Sweden
Sweden
Sweden
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Olskoff, Nancy
Olskoff, Helen
Olskoff, Simeon
11
9
4
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Paulson, Stephen
13
Alaska
Alaska

Pesterikoff, Fred
16
Alaska
Alaska
Handwriting hard to read, possible errors
Pesimkoff, Kalissa
17
Alaska
Alaska
Handwriting hard to read, possible errors
Peterson, Andrew
15
Sweden
Alaska

Peterson, Sussia
Peterson, Charlie
Peterson, Mary
Peterson, Nina
16
13
9
6
Sweden
Sweden
Sweden
Sweden
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Resoff, Theresa
Resoff, Peter
Resoff, Wallace
11
6
4
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Rosenberg, Ester
Rosenberg, Carl
13
15
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Smith, Annie
15
Alaska
Alaska

Skinner, Helen
Skinner, Lena
Skinner, Beatrice
12
9
6
California
California
Caliafornia
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Samuelson, Alex
Samuelson, John
Samuelson, Eugene
6
4
3
Norway
Norway
Norway
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Sanguetti, Laura
Sanguetti, Louis
Sanguetti, Mandelona
Sanguetti, Frank
15
14
10
9
Italy
Italy
Italy
Italy
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Simpson, James L.
5
U.S.A.
Matanuski

Torgenson, Laura
16
Alaska
Alaska

Tutiakoff, Sarah
Tutiakoff, Valentine
Tutiakoff, Nikola
16
8
6
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Tonotatuk, Sara
Tonotatuk, Leza
8
7
Alaska
Alaska
Handwriting hard to read, possible errors
Handwriting hard to read, possible errors
Ungoyloak, Albert
15  Eskimo
Alaska
Alaska
Handwriting hard to read, possible errors
Wik, Helen
Wik, Alfred
Wik, Andy
Wik, Aleck
15
14
11
9
Norway
Norway
Norway
Norway
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Williams, Ruth
Williams, Edward
Williams, Margrete
11 Eskimo
6   Eskimo
4   Eskimo
Kansas
Kansas
Kansas
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Wilson, Andrew
Wilson, George
Wilson, Oscar
Wilson, William
14
9
6
8
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Alasksa
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Alaslka

Stevenson, Ellanore
3 monrha
Alaska
Alaska
Handwriting hard to read, possible errors
Halverson, Anna
Halverson, Teddy
5
4
Norway
Norway
Alaska
Alaska


JESSE LEE CHILDREN'S HOME
SEWARD, ALASKA
1939

NAME
BORN
NOTES
Anderson, Robert
10/25/1934
Mixed/Indian
Anderson, Earnest
1/5/1933
Mixed
Anderson, Frances Evangeline
4/12/1927
Mixed/Aleut
Anderson, Irene Esther
5/20/1925
Mixed/Aleut
Anderson, John
9/4/1922
Mixed/Aleut
Berg, Pearl Alice
2/15/1931
Mixed/Indian
Bowen, Freddie
1/2/1933
Mixed/Indian
Bowen, Marie
4/8/1928
Mixed Indian
Bowen, Clarence
4/13/1931
Mixed Indian
Bowen, Norman
7/3/1925
Mixed Indian
Californsky, Paul
3/24/1924
Mixed/Aleut
Carlson, Wilma
11/19/1924
Mixed/Aleut
Chebetnoy, Marguerite
10/18/1930
Mixed
Chebetboy, Pauline
4/9/1929
Mixed
Chilstrom, Vilma Emily
10/12/1927
Mixed/Eskimo
Chilstrom, Vesta Nedasda
12/3/1925
Mixed/Eskimo
Chilstrom, Vida
8/12/1930
Mixed/Eskimo
Creevden, Louis
10/9/1922
Mixed/Indian
Deigh, Bobby
7/31/1933
Mixed/Aleut
Deigh, Dicky
7/28/1932
Mixed/Aleut
Delphin, Agnes
9/1/1931
Mixed/Aleut
Dunlap, Donald
12/18/1933
White
Elisoff, John
9/5/1924
Mixed/Aleut
Galaktionoff, Mary
10/14/1928
Mixed
Grosvold, Andrew
8/21/1925
Mixed
Grosvold, Ralph
2/13/1927
Mixed
Hansen, Dora Jane
7/8/1923
Mixed/Aleut
Hansen, George Howard
8/27/1925
Mixed/Aleut
Hansen, Lars
8/12/1922
Mixed/Aleut
Hansen, Margaret Rose
6/9/1928
Mixed/Aleut
Hill, William
4/23/1927
Mixed
Holman, Jacqueline
2/22/1933
Mixed/Aleut
Holman, Jasper
11/22/1933
Mixed/Aleut
Hope, Lillian
7/10/1923
Mixed/Aleut
Hughes, Alice
8/12/1923
Mixed/Aleut
Huttie, Arthur
6/20/1930
Mixed/Aleut
Huttie, Myrtle
8/6/1922
Mixed/Aleut
Huttie, Jack
5/20/1932
Mixed/Aleut
Huttie, Virginia
10/14/1928
Mixed/Aleut
Jensen, Cecil
5/6/1925
Mixed/Aleut
Jensen, Eigle
1/4/1933
Mixed/ Aleut
Johnson, Allan
10/4/1933
Mixed/Aleut
Johnson, Iver
5/8/1935
Mixed/Aleut
Kraft, Carlton
7/27/1927
Mixed/Eskimo
Kraft, George
7/20/1930
Mixed/Eskimo
Kraft, Nellie
11/2/1931
Mixed/Eskimo
Kraft, Regina Wilhelmina
11/19/1925
Mixed/Eskimo
Kraft, Robert
1/25/1929
Mixed/Eskimo
Konig, Grace
10/12/1932
Mixed/Indian
Konig, Ruth
1/13/1930
Mixed/Indian
Kyander, Natalia
8/24/1924
Mixed/Aleut
Laundy? Launoy?, Gene
4/15/1931
Mixed/Aleut
Laundy? Launoy?, George
12/11/1929
Mixed/Aleut
Laundy? Launoy?, Kenneth
7/21/1932
Mixed/Aleut
Lindstrom, Barbara
6/14/1929
Mixed/Aleut
Mullen, Margaret
11/29/1928
Mixed/Aleut
Mullen, Marie
8/2/1933
Mixed/Aleut
Mullen, Nick
6/25/1930
Mixed/Aleut
Munson, Esther
11/17/1925
Mixed/Eskimo
Munson, Henry
6/3/1927 (twin)
Mixed/Eskimo
Munson, Oscar
6/3/1927 (twin)
Mixed/Eskimo
Munson, Tommy
1/26/1923
Mixed/Eskimo
Nyman, Florence
1/16/1927
Mixed/Aleut
Olsen, Elizabeth
7/10/1922
Mixed/Aleut
Olsen, George
7/8/1922
Mixed/Aleut
Olsen, Mary Anne
1/8/1926
Mixed/Aleut
Oskaloff, Ella
11/24/1922
Mixed/Aleut
Oskaloff, Helen
10/2/1920
Mixed/Aleut
Peltzer, Nathalene
4/8/1923
Mixed/Indian
Peterson, Mary
6/7/1920
Mixed/Aleut
Peterson, Earnest
7/7/1932
Mixed/Aleut
Resoff, Wallace
11/16/1925
Mixed/Aleut
Samuelson, Alec
4/3/1923
Mixed Aleut
Samuelson, Eugene
3/16/1926
Mixed/Aleut
Sato, Mabel
1/29/1928
Mixed/Eskimo
Sandstrom, Beatrice Katherine
6/29/1925
Mixed/Aleut
Sheward, Daisy
11/4/1928
Mixed/Eskimo
Sheward, John
1/29/1930
Mixed/Eskimo
Sheward, Lillian Julia
11/25/1925
Mixed/Eskimo
Sheward, Mable Beulah

Mixed/Eskimo
Sheward, Margaret
9/19/1932
Mixed/Eskimo
Sheward, Rosie
6/9/1935
Mixed/Eskimo
Simpson, James
9/8/1924
Mixed/Indian
Skinner, Beatrice
5/12/1923
Mixed/Aleut
Steinwall, Helen May
9/16/1932
Mixed/Aleut
Steinwall, Hilda
7/30/1930
Mixed/Aleut
Steinwall, Hilya
9/19/1927
Mixed/Aleut
Steinwall, Oscar
3/10/1929
Mixed/Aleut
Tharp, Charles Arthur
6/16/1926
White
Tharp, Jeanier
12/22/1934
White
Tutiakoff, Nicola
5/22/1924
Full Aleut
Vanderpool, Alice Marian
6/29/1924
Mixed/Indian
Tutiakoff, Valentine
5/6/1921
Full Aleut
Vanderpool, Joseph
9/17/1928
Mixed/Indian
Vanderpool, Sophie
11/30/1929
Mixed/Indian
Vanderpool, Nora
9/10/1925
Mixed/Indian
Wilson, Anna June
6/15/1926
Mixed/Indian
Wilson, Oscar
2/28/1924
Mixed/Indian

* Tommy, Esther, Henry and Oscar Munson were children of Oscar Munson and his wife Allie (an Athabascan).  Oscar was the U. S. Mail Carrier for the Homer Settlement in 1929, he came to America in 1903 from Sweden.

JESSE LEE CHILDREN'S HOME
1940
SEWARD, ALASKA

NAME
AGE
BORN
NOTES
Newton, Harold
Newton, Hazel
36  
34  
Iowa
Wisconsin
Superintendent of Orphanage
Assistant Superintendent of Orphanage
Naff, Isabel
50
New York
Matron
Howell, Thomas
Howell, Arreta
36
31
Missouri
Illinois
Engineer at Orphanage
Matron at Orphanage
Gray, Percy D.
Gray, Lorene
22
18
Colorado
Colorado
Tractor Operator at Orphanage
Waitress at Orphanage
Dellinger, Leland
32
Kansas
Laundry Manager at Orphanage
Tharp, Byron
Tharp, Laura
Tharp, Charles
Tharp, Jeanier
40
42
13
4
Iowa
Nebraska
New York
New York
Farm Manager at Orphanage
Matron at Orphanage

Tholnson, Blanche
40
Kansas
Nurse at Orphanage
Scoger, Naomi
36
Ohio
Steamstress at Orphanage
Dunlap, Paul
Dunlap, Lois
Dunlap, Donald
Dunlap, Eloise
31
26
6
3
Indiana
Indiana
Indiana
Washington
Farm Helper at Orphanage
Matron at Orphanage

Bonney, Elizabeth
28
Washington
Matron at Orphanage
Jones, Edna
29
Kansas
Matron at Orphanage
Gould, Anna J.
49  widow
Alaska
Cook at Orphanage
Anderson, John
Anderson, Irene
Anderson, Frances
Anderson, Ernest
Anderson, Robert
16
14
12
6
4
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Bowen, Norman
Bowen, Marie
Bowen, Clarence
Bowen, Freddie
13
10
8
6
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Chebotnoy, Pauline
Chebotnoy, Marguerite
10
9
Alaska
Alaska

Creveden, Louis
18
Alaska

Carlson, Wilma
15
Alaska

Californski, Paul
15
Alaska

Delphan, Agnes
8
Alaska

Deigh, Bobbie
Deigh, Dick
6
7
Alaska
Alaska

Elisoff, John
15
Alaska

Grindle, Gustave
Grindle, Irene
4
3
Alaska
Alaska

Galaktianoff, Mary
11
Alaska

Hansen, Lars
Hansen, Jane D.
Hansen, Howard
Hansen, Peggy R.
18
16
13
11
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Hangen, Oscar
4
Alaska

Hill, William
12
Alaska

Hutte, Myrtle
Hutte, Virginia
Hutte, Arthur
17
11
9
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Hughes, Alice
16
Alaska

Holman, Jacquline
Holman, Jasper
Holman, Jerry
9
6
3
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Hope, Lillie
16
Alaska

Huard, Adelard
2
Alaska

Jensen, Cecil
Jensen, Eigle
13
6
Alaska
Alaska

Johnson, Allen
Johnson, Iver
Johnson, Wilma
6
4
2
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Kyander, Natalia
15
Alaska

Kraft, Regina
Kraft, Carlton
Kraft, Robert
Kraft, George
Kraft, Mary Ellen
14
12
10
9
8
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Koing, Grace
Koing, Ruth
7
9
Alaska
Alaska

Lawney, George
Lawney, Eugene
Lawney, Kenneth
10
8
7
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Lindstrang, Barbara
9
Alaska

Hutte, Jakie
7
Alaska

Mullan, Margaret
Mullan, Nick
Mullan, Marie
12
9
6
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Munson, Ester
Munson, Tommy
Munson, Henry
Munson, Oscar
13
16
12 (twin)
12 (twin)
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Nyman, Florence
13
Alaska

Oskelkoff, Helen
Oskelkoff, Simeon
Oskelkoff, Ella
19
14
17
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Olsen, George
Olsen, Mary Ann
17
13
Alaska
Alaska

Peltzer, Nateline
16
Alaska

Peterson, Mary
Peterson, Ernest
9
7
Alaska
Alaska

Resoff, Wasley
14
Alaska

Riley, Martha
21
Alaska

Sandstrom, Betrice
14
Alaska

Sato, Mable
11
Alaska

Skinner, Beatrice
16
Alaska

Samuelson, Alex
Samuelson, John
Samuelson, Eugene
16
14
13
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Sheward, Julia
Sheward, Mable B.
Seward, Daisy K.
Sheward, John
Sheward, Margaret
Sheward, Rosie
16
14
12
9
7
4
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Stienwall, Hilya
Stienwall, Oscar
Stienwall, Helen
9
10
7
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Tutikoff, Valentine
Tutikoff, Nicolai
18
16
Alaska
Alaska

Simpson, James
15
Alaska

Tonolotuk, Leza
17
Alaska

Vanderpool, Alice
Vanderpool, Nora
Vanderpool, Joe
Vanderpool, Sophie
15
14
11
10
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska
Alaska

Wilson, Anna J.
Wilson, Oscar
13
16
Alaska
Alaska

Witt, Jacqueline
Witt, Cynthia
8
12
Wisconsin
Wisconsin


Agnes Shapsnikoff and Lydia Waln

Jesse Lee Children's Home in Unalaska about 1911

Clara Cook Laurence photograph
Cosortium Library, University of Alaska



Photo by Sally May Garrett, house mother at Jesse
Lee Children's Home in Seward. Back of photo says:
"Tommy Hicklin, next to me, Robert Bernsten, Alex Giacometti,
Bobby Bahr, Jerry Mahle, Freddy Jensen, Larcie Mathiason,
Frank Newman, Peter Devine, William Petafa, George Bahr,
Ralph Sheldon, Febo Giacometti."


Back of photo says: "Boys at Jesse Lee Home pose for group
portrait. First row, Billy Trig, Herbert Butler, Frank Correa,
Dicky Bernsten, Eddie Pletnicoff, Arnold Ashenfelter.
Second row, left to right, David Keough, the twins Donnie and Ronnie (or)
Ronnie and Donnie, Leslie Mahle, Arthur Trigg Jr., Fred Wemark."
Photo from Consortium Library University of Alaska
Virginia Terill Papers


Nellie Holmberg
Jesse Lee Children's Home
Unalaska
Consortium Library, University of Alaska
Clara Cook Lawrence Photograph



Happy faces at the Jesse Lee Children's Home
Unalaska, Alaska 1920's

Culbertson Photograph Collection
Museum of the Aleutians



John Merculief wedding at the
Jesse Lee Children's Home in Unalaska


JESSE LEE CHILDREN'S HOME
CEMETERY

NAME
BORN
DIED
Adeseok, Ethel
10/21/1926
10/24/1926
Bilby, Christine
5/15/1914
8/14/1928
Bawk-Look, Mike Riley
7/15/1923
4/22/1927
Bell, Stephen
5/7/1928
4/9/1942
Elayuk, Clarence
6/11/1911
8/17/1930
Elinglook, David
1/1/1912
5/24/1935
Goowohkoona, George Jack
7/21/1916
6/5/1929
Joe, Lulu
12/25/1916
4/11/1942
Kalmakoff, Mike
7/13/1920
10/5/1928
Lange, Harriet
9/26/1912
8/8/1932
Longcarp, Ralph

6/6/1942
Maldonado, Victor
7/26/1917
11/23/1938
Nickoli, Billy

1/28/1941         (7 months old)
Nason, Blanche
11/26/1893
11/13/1936
Newman, Roy
3/29/1946
11/17/1948
Nuiseuk, Jack
9/20/1915
3/1931
Royster, Frances
5/22/1912
9/7/1935
Samuelson, John
11/30/1925
11/13/1939
Saluktuna, Nettie
6/10/1910
3/11/1929
Walker, Frances
12/1/1914
9/12/1951
Winters, Nita "Meda"
8/18/1914
8/10/1942


* Agnes Louisa Sowle: The surname is spelled SOWLE on all of the family gravestones,
  however, some documents spell it SOULE.

 

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