Adam Werner Alaska Pioneer
WERNER - EATON
LOKEN - DUNKLEE
*PHOTOGRAPH IDENTIFICATION PROJECT*
If you can help me put names to some
of these faces
please contact me at:
Adam Werner, born in 1888, was from Liebenstein, Austria.
He landed at Knik in 1914, on the same ship as early Matanuska Valley pioneers
Alex Olson, Curtis Ross and Roy Cornelius. Werner homesteaded 320 acres just
north of present day Palmer, and received patent to the land in 1921.
Eliza Jane "Jenny" Eaton came to Alaska, from England, in 1918 and worked
as a cook. In 1921, she married John Marcus Loken, a Matanuska Valley vegetable
farmer. When Loken was killed in a saw mill accident in 1929, Jenny's oldest
daughter (Fanny) came to Alaska to be with her. A year later, Adam Werner and Fanny Eaton......and Edward Albert Dunklee and Jenny Eaton-Loken were
married in a double ceremony.
The Dunklee's lived on a 319 acre homestead (Dunklee received patent to
it in 1919). The homestead was eventually sold to the U.S. Government to
be used for the Matanuska Colony Project. Dunklee died in 1943 and Jenny
went back to England in 1954, where she died in 1963.
Fanny Werner had three daughters: Violet, Louise and Hazel. The old Werner
homestead is still owned by the Werner descendants.
A few years ago,
one of Jenny Eaton-Loken-Dunklee's grandsons (in England) sent me some photographs
that he inherited. He believes the photos were taken while Jenny was in Alaska.
Jenny's granddaughter, Violet Werner Norbo told me she didn't recognize any
of the people in the photographs. See the photo's below:
Let me know if you can identify
any of the people or places in
the following photographs
There is typing on the back of some of these photos,
I've posted the photo backs here as well
Dan Carney says this is Bessie Wells
(this is the back of photo #1)
PHOTO # 2
Colorado Station was on the railroad tracks at
Colorado Creek in the Broad Pass area
This is the back of photo #2
Dan Carney, a researcher of the Well's family
suggests the following:
"This is without doubt, Alonzo Orville Wells
and his wife Bessie Shultz-Craig-Cupples-Wells
at their homestead at Colorado Station. Alonzo and his brother Frank
and a man
named John Coffee discovered the Broad Pass Mining District in about
Any idea who this woman and her children are?
Photo was taken in Anchorage, probably 1938-1939 because road is
This is the back of photo
PHOTO # 4
Where is this church?
This is the back of photo #4
Note: Sheri Hamming of the Palmer
Historical Society thinks the above church
might be the Church
of God in Anchorage. She also says that Jenny
was friends with Mrs.
This is the back of photo #5
This is the back of PHOTO #6
THE WERNER HOME IN PALMER, ALASKA