"More tales from the Courier…"

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 15:20

Both of these articles were printed in the Knik Arm Courier, Aug. 3, 1960:


Robbery at post office

Sometime last week the Chugiak Post Office was robbed, but fortunately the victim was not the United States mail, but Postmaster Paul Swanson.

Sometime when the post office was closed, a sneak thief stole one of the guns that Paul had displayed in the lobby of the post office. Paul said the gun — a ten-gauge shotgun — was worth little as a firearm, but had considerable sentimental value as an heirloom, having belonged to his father.

Apparently the thief was familiar with the post office, as he would have had to reach over the top of the folding partition which is drawn across the lobby during the hours the post office is closed, and removed the gun from the rafter where it had been hanging.


Shooters plague homesteader

Mrs. Paul Jones finally had to call State Troopers when trespassers and careless shootters on their Eagle River homestead became too brazen.

Mrs. Jones had several close calls recently when bullets actually were whistling by her head. Therefore, when she saw a pair of young men headed up her road with guns, she asked them to leave.

They became quite cocky and dared her to call the State Troopers. Mrs. Jones promptly did that, and the policemen came immediately. They had little trouble in locating the two offenders and giving them a good talking to. They have promised to stay away in the future.


This column is provided by the Chugiak-Eagle River Historical Society. Reach them at [email protected] or leave a message at 688-4706.

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