The Pioneers of Alaska Fairbanks are pleased to announce the 2019 King and Queen Regents have been chosen. Our king will be Stephen Cooper and queen will be Ruth Knapman.
King Stephen Cooper first arrived in Alaska in 1958, as a student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks seeking adventure and finding it through a variety of jobs. Although he left for brief periods for law school and to serve the State of California as a deputy attorney general in Sacramento, he returned to Alaska to serve in similar roles while also creating new adventures as a commercial fisherman.
After more than 50 years of practicing law, he retired in 2018, to begin a new phase of his life as an Anglican minister for the little church within Pioneer Park.
Queen Ruth Knapman was born in Iowa, and longed to live in Alaska from the age of nine. In 1963, her dream became a reality and she never looked back. A teacher and owner of a preschool for 17 years, her love of adventure and the outdoors eventually lead her to opening a tour guide service working with tour bus companies from all over the U.S. and Canada. Her love of sharing Fairbanks and Alaska history with visitors continues, even after 36 years.
Both King Cooper and Queen Knapman have served the Pioneers in multiple roles throughout their membership. Each have risen through the officer ranks, achieving the status of President and Trustee for their respective igloos. Queen Knapman also serves the Grand Igloo as chairman of the Archives and Generation forms committee. They have given much time and effort to the organization through volunteerism and dedication to the Pioneers’ mission of preserving Alaska’s history.
King Cooper and Queen Knapman will be coronated in the 81st ceremony at 2 p.m. on March 10, 2019, in the Stampede Room, Pioneer Museum at Pioneer Park in Fairbanks. The public is invited.