When I think back to the early days of Alaska, I am always intrigued by the history of it all. I love finding family histories and stories of people that pioneered our great state. I try to imagine life back then, how families operated, and the roles they played in making Alaska what it is today. It makes me want to go back! I imagine myself as a pioneer woman, improvising with what I have, and working with my husband to make life work! I imagine the simpler times with less distraction and a strong sense of love and family values. Reading by lamplight and cooking in cast-iron! Don’t get me wrong, I am thankful for my modern day conveniences (although I often take them for granted), but this type of thing really turns my history nerd crank.
A friend of mine, Renee Estelle, recently celebrated a major milestone with her Grandma Ruth DeArmond, Ruths’s 100th birthday! Renee shared some wonderful pictures of her Grandma’s life on Facebook . The pictures were so great, I just had to know more! She was kind enough to let me share some photos and family history here for you to enjoy as well. The photographs help tell a wonderful story, capturing small glimpses of her grandmother’s life growing up in the last frontier. A time capsule, if you will. Here is some of what Renee shared with me: