[Talkeetna and Local People of the 1970s]
John Baker collection
John Baker (Filmmaker)
This video combines narration by John Baker recorded during the 1990s with a 2017 film scan of a 1970s film. The original narration, recorded on VHS videotape, is titled “John Baker’s old films” and is numbered AAF-16366. The audio contains some interference and background noise. The original film is labeled “Talkeetna and local people of the 70s.” Name spellings in the following paragraph have not been verified. The films include footage of Tom Baker tapping a birch tree for sap to make syrup, Andy Anderson with an old vehicle, Robin Jenne preparing to start the moose-dropping parade, Suzy Kellard in the parade, Johnny Wallace’s daughter in the parade, Penny Bennett and Sally O’Malley with Harold Menasse, Mike Fisher with Harold, Karen Mannox with camping gear, Red Berry, an Alaska Railroad train, Andy Anderson, Tom Baker in a 1931 Model-A automobile, Pete Dana pulling the big moose dropping in the parade, Tony Wolfe and Rocky Cummins in a 1951 Chevy, Elizabeth Kellard with women dressed as mail order brides for the parade, Suzy, Millie Campbell, Rocky Cummins, Harold Menasse with Doug Geeting gassing up an airplane, Jim Beaver working on his cabin, Brevis Kofron giving Frank O’Brien a haircut, Vern Altman dodging the camera, Ollie Hudson and Sparky, Rose Jenne gassing up helicopters, Rod Dunne and Betty Pierson working in their garden at Gold Creek, Betty Pierce or Pierson fishing at Chelatna Lake, the cabin housing the original library, Tony Wolfe and Myron Stevens in a MEA truck, the trailer housing the post office, fire chief John Carlson at the post office, Mount McKinley (Denali) behind the Talkeetna welcome sign, Mike Fisher working on his house, fireweed going to seed, John Baker digging up potatoes, Bob Young and George McCullough moving a cabin, Tony Wolfe holding up wires, the Roadhouse, Short Ducharme helping to move the cabin, John Baker with giant turnips in his garden, Larry Yasinski riding a motorbike, aerial views of Bob Young’s mine on Falls Creek off of Cache Creek, Bob Young showing the aftermath of a bear breaking into his food cache, Bob Young and Larry Yasinski displaying gold in jars, Bob crossing a creek in a truck, a water gate, aerial views of John Baker’s property, Tom Baker in a 1931 pickup truck, Dan Mahaney's wedding outside of the Fairview, John Baker with a giant cabbage and squash and turnips, Don Bennis, Joe Bennis, Al Soussa, and Leroy Ekiss at a picnic, Revis with dogs, Tom Baker working on his cabin, Bob Young panning for gold at Clear Creek, and McWilliams and Sonny Kragness with a pan of gold.
16mm film; color; sound
BirchesAutomobilesParades & processionsGardensPost officesLibrariesPotatoesTurnipsCabinsGoldSquashesCabbageDogsGold mining equipment
Alaska Film Archives, Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, University of Alaska Fairbanks
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