Alaska Genealogical Resources

Here’s a link for the Alaska State Library’s genealogy resources. They even have a WorldCat link so you can search for other libraries with the same materials. Some of these materials are also available at Seattle area archives where I’m a researcher available for hire.


Sunday’s Obituary: Mrs. Helen Bisel, Anchorage, Alaska Territory

Mrs. Bisel Laid To Rest by OES

Funeral services for Helen Bisel were conducted Saturday afternoon by members of the Eastern Star.

The chapel of the Carlquist and Company mortuary was crowded as friends gathered to pay final tribute to Mrs. Bisel.

Soloists were Mrs. Moritz Andresen, who sang Rose of Charon” and “Nearer, My God, to Thee,” and Miss Elda Howard, who presented the selection “Gentle Jesus” from “The Crusaders.”

Pallbearers were Bert Wennerstrom, Ray Rasmussen, Charles Carlson, Norman Lange, Winfield Ervin, Jr., and Ben Fischer.

Interment followed in the Masonic plot of the local cemetery.

Anchorage Daily Times, Anchorage, Alaska Territory, 2 January 1940, page 1, column 3.


Anchorage Daily Times, Anchorage, Alaska Territory 2 January 1940, p. 1, c. 3

Anchorage Daily Times, Anchorage, Alaska Territory, 2 January 1940, p. 1, c. 3

Sunday’s Obituary: James Manning, Anchorage, Alaska Territory

James Manning, A.R.R. Veteran, Passes Away

Funeral Service To Be Held Tomorrow From Anchorage Funeral Parlors

James Manning, dean of telegraph operators on the Alaska Railroad, deied at 4:15 o’clock yesterday afternoon at the Anchorage hospital, following a lingering illness.

Mr. Manning was admitted to the hospital last Monday. He had been ill for 13 years.

Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock tomorrow afternoon at the Anchorage Funeral Parlors with Rev. Fr. Dermott O’Flanagan officiating. Interment will be in the Anchorage cemetery.

Mr. Manning came to Alaska in 1917 and had been employed by the railroad since. He had a half century of service as a telegraph operator in Alaska and in the states. He was widely known on the rail belt and for 15 years was agent at Tunnel.

Surviving are his widow and a daughter, Mr. Raymar Brown, in Anchorage, and a brother, John, in Cleveland, O.

Anchorage Daily Times, Anchorage, Alaska Territory. 3 February 1940, page 1, column 5.

Anchorage Daily Times, Anchorage, Alaska Territory. 3 February 1940, page 1, column 5.

Anchorage Daily Times, Anchorage, Alaska Territory. 3 February 1940, page 1, column 5.

Sunday’s Obituary: Robert Langford Wever, Anchorage, Alaska Territory

‘Dad’ Wever Taken By Death During Sleep

Masons To Hold Rites Tomorrow Afternoon In Masonic Hall

Robert Langford Wever, 86, whose life began on one of America’s early frontiers, ended on its last frontier when the venerable Alaskan passed away quietly as he slept early this morning.

His widow, Mrs. Mary Wever, and his physician, were at his side when the end came. A slight cold preceded his death but other than that his health had been good.

Two funeral services were announced for tomorrow afternoon by the Masonic Lodge, of which he was a member. The ritualistic services for members of the lodge will take place at 1:30 p.m., followed by a public service at 2 o’clock in Masonic hall. Burial will be in the Masonic plot.

Moved Westward

The pioneering days of Kansas where Mr. Wever spent his early youth were often vividly recalled to his friends here. Although born in Cuyoga [?], N.Y., his physician father moved soon afterward to Leavenworth and Robert Wever attended elementary school and high school there. He was sent to Rochester University to study medicine.

It was his father’s desire to have

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his son follow in his footsteps and those of his grandfather and great-grandfather before him, but young Robert liked law better and eventually graduated from the Union College of Law in Chicago.

As America’s western boundary moved farther toward the Pacific, the young attorney moved with it and he was practicing law in Seattle when he met and married Mrs. Wever, whom he had known in California.

Came To Alaska

An attack of scarlet fever destroyed his hearing and Mr. Wever was forced to quit the active practice of law.

Interest in mining drew Mr. Wever’s attention northward and 191[?] found the two in Seward. Later he was attached to the Alaska Engineering Commission there and was later transferred to Anchorage.

Here Mr. Wever continued his law profession, and although he could not take an active part in the courtroom because of his hearing affliction, he was known as a careful and well-versed counsellor. He initiated an abstracting service here and did considerable research into Anchorage real estate titles.

Recalled Civil War

Affectionately known as “Dad,” Mr. Wever had a host of friends who included young people as well as old. His father was in charge of the base hospital at Nashville, Tenn., for the Northern forces during the Civil War, and as a boy of nine he remembered vividly some of the experiences his father related. “Dad” Wever’s home was on many evenings a gathering place for Anchorage’s youngsters who listened to first hand accounts of the Civil War.

Death occurred at his home on Third Avenue at 1:45 a.m. Today.

Funeral arrangements were made by the Carlquist [?] and Company funeral parlors.

Aside from his widow, only a single brother, Dr. John Wever, of Kansas City survives.

Anchorage Daily Times, 2 March 1940, page 1, column 1, and page 5, column 5.

Anchorage Daily Times 2 March 1940, p. 1, c. 1

Anchorage Daily Times 2 March 1940, p. 5, c. 5

This post is part of an ongoing series of obituaries of persons who lived in the Pacific Northwest States of Oregon and Washington, and the Alaska Territory in early 1940.

© 2012 N. P. Maling