"A Glimpse of Life in 1953 Chugiak"
(These items came from the Dec. 10, 1953 edition of The Calendar, the first “newspaper” in this area. It was published every Thursday by Cloyce Parks at Moosehorn Trading Post in Chugiak.)
The Methodist Church with Pastor David Blackburn was fund-raising to acquire a site and building for a church. Services were being held in the Community Hall at Mile 22.
New books had arrived at Parks’ library for the opening of the Chugiak Book Club. Membership in the club cost $2.50 yearly and entitled free withdrawal of fiction and non-fiction books and use of the reference library.
The first card party of the winter was to be held at the Community Hall Saturday night. Admission was $0.50. Prizes were given for pinochle and canasta. Public invited.
Chugiak Volunteer firemen were to get a new red Jeep fire truck being shipped from Seattle. It was considered ideal for conditions here.
A final note from the publisher of The Calendar:
“I AM YOUR COMMUNITY CALENDAR. Have you read me clear through? Then go get a pin and stick me up on the wall by the front door so you won’t forget what’s cookin’ — and for heavens sake, patronize my advertising sponsors or I’ll be a dead duck.”
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