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

Alaska Nellie Rides Again

 

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Students visiting from Seward's sister city, Obihiro, Japan, take part in Alaskan Culture. From left Satoe Miura, Yukako Kanda, Sachiko Takebe and Saki Takizawa.

There were old-time photos, strawberry shortcake and fun all around when Seward Senior Center celebrated Alaska Nellie's birthday July 31. The center holds the party each year to honor the Alaska pioneer and just have an old-fashioned time.

Alaska Nellie (Nellie Neal Lawing) came to Alaska in 1915 and ran roadhouses for the railroad. She came to settle at Kenai Lake in 1923 where she married Billie Lawing. Nellie, a trophy hunter and wildlife expert, kept pet bear cubs at her home. She attracted guests such as Will Rogers, Alice Calhoun and Simon Bolivar Buckner Jr. to her wildlife experts.

Mary Nelson and her grandson, Reilly Nelson, make an adorable frontier duo.

 

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