The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

By Lee Poleske
For The LOG 

1939: People take to skates finding Second Lake ideal

Early cold snap without snow brings joy to the lives of skaters


Wolfgang Kurtz | The Seward Phoenix LOG

As a sudden winter chill grips Seward, First Lake is ready to skate within days. When the deep freeze hits, Seward youth can be spotted scooting across the ice of the neighborhood pond in their street shoes and boots.

From the Seward Gateway, Nov. 14, 1939

The skating season opened with a bang over the weekend. The cold snap made the ice on Second lake perfectly safe and smooth. Sunday afternoon the lake was crowded and in the evening bonfires were built and skaters swarmed in until almost midnight. Another nice day Monday found the lake dotted with lovers of the sport.

A few enthusiasts have decided to ask the city to string up a power line to light the lake. Tom Pauley, the city's new radio wizard, will install a loud speaker and give the skaters some recorded music that will make it worthwhile for everybody to turn out. It has even been suggested to put in a hot dog concession to satisfy the ravenous appetites created by this most exhilarating sport. Amateurs are already developing into figure skaters that will make Sonja Heine look out for her laurels.

The youngsters were having the time of their young lives, and the older timers, gliding gracefully about the lake were not far behind in their solid enjoyment.

Wood for a central bonfire will be cut and slab seats will be put in around it. A trail up the hill will be cut and cars can be parked below This will make the lake very accessible.

If old Man Winter is kind to Seward and there is not too much early snow. Sewardites will have some of the finest winter recreation they have had for many years.


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