Pioneer Plots Groomed

Fairbanks, Saturday, May 19--About 30 Pioneers and friends turned out at 9 a.m. to clean-up Pioneer Plots 1, 2, 3 and 4 at Birch Hill Cemetery.

Photo Captions

  1. Pioneers and friends hard at work at the cemetery.
  2. Marilyn Ordal (L) and Roberta Greenlee (R) get down to the nitty gritty.
  3. Retired pastor and former Alaska State Senator, Glenn Hackney (F), does his part at age 94; while Jackie Dashiell (R) does hers.
  4. Nick Nugent (R) and Michael Gibson (F) prepare to load one of the piles of brush cleared out of Pioneer Plots 2 and 3.

Photos courtesy of Ted Tisdale, George Lounsbury and Susan Gibson.

Armed with yard bags, rakes, weed-whackers and other gardening tools, the crew went to work grooming the graves of our departed brothers and sisters; many of whom were significant in Alaska's history.

Thanks to the great turnout, the plots shed their winter accumulation of debris and early bramble growth in about three hours followed by a light lunch served at the home of fellow Pioneers. As a result of the great job done in record time, a second clean-up day to finish the spring cleaning job will not be needed. Over 80 contractor bags full of leaves were gathered along with a couple of truckloads of cut brush, fallen limbs and pulled weeds.

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