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YUKON-KOYUKUK CENSUS AREA, ALASKA
BIOGRAPHIES/OBITUARIES
ALTONA BROWN
A Biography: ALTONA BROWN- Ruby, Alaska. The index and her family tree are online here. Book published by Spirit Mountain Press, PO Box 1214, Fairbanks, Alaska 99707
 
CHUCK AND GLADYS DART
A Biography: CHUCK AND GLADYS DART - Manley Hot Springs, Alaska. The index and their family tree are online here. Book published by Spirit Mountain Press, PO Box 1214, Fairbanks, Alaska 99707
 
STANLEY DAYO
A Biography: STANLEY DAYO - Manley Hot Springs, Alaska. The index and his family tree are online here. Book published by Spirit Mountain Press, PO Box 1214, Fairbanks, Alaska 99707
 
PETER JOHN
A Biography: PETER JOHN - Minto, Alaska. The index and his family tree are online here. Book published by Spirit Mountain Press, PO Box 1214, Fairbanks, Alaska 99707
 
EDGAR KALLANDS
A Biography: EDGAR KALLANDS - Kaltag, Alaska. The index and his family tree are online here. Book published by Spirit Mountain Press, PO Box 1214, Fairbanks, Alaska 99707
 
BILLY McCARTY SR
A Biography: BILLY McCARTY SR. - Ruby, Alaska. The index and his family tree are online here. Book published by Spirit Mountain Press, PO Box 1214, Fairbanks, Alaska 99707
 
SIMEON MOUNTAIN SR.
A Biography: SIMEON MOUNTAIN - Nulato, Alaska. The index and his family tree are online here. Book published by Spirit Mountain Press, PO Box 1214, Fairbanks, Alaska 99707
 
KATHERINE PETER
A Legend In Our Time
Katherine Joseph William Peter Divaadido' Ch'igiioonta'
Katherine Joseph William Divaadido' Peter Ch'igiioonta', 92, passed away Feb. 24, 2010, in Fairbanks.
She was born Jan. 27, 1918, to Ann William Vilyil'yo', from Stevens Village, and Joseph William Divaadido', of Allakaket.
Katherine was orphaned and raised in the household of the Chief Ezias Loola Gwats'oo and his wife, Katherine Ch'ilig Atree Englishoe Ch'ikhwaiitr'yah Stephen Loola Gwats'oo. She grew up in Fort Yukon.
Katherine finished the eighth grade in Fort Yukon, and later at the Seward Sanatorium she picked up more classes to further her education. She was a strong believer in a good education.
Katherine taught English and math to the Neets'aii Gwich'in during the 1940s and early 1950s before there was a regular school teacher in Arctic Village.
She supported her family during the 1950s by working 12 hours each day, six days per week for $150 per month. She believed in earning a living and providing for her family.
She was well remembered in Fort Yukon for the bakery that she had during the 1960s. People still talk about how they looked forward to her hot cinnamon rolls. She and her sister Louise would get up and set bread at
5 a.m. every day the bakery was open.
Katherine worked with and taught the Gwich'in language at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Later, she received an honorary degree from the University of Alaska. Up to the last days of her life, she shared rare Gwich'in words that she had forgotten about but came upon again by association. She would say, "I don't have that word at the university."
Katherine will be laid to rest in Arctic Village, the country of her early adulthood and her richest memories.Â
She was preceded in death by her half brother, Sam Joseph Divaadido' and her brothers and sisters, Bessie, Sophie, Angus, Elijah, Lilly and Louise. She also is preceded in death by her husband, Stephen Tsee Gho' Tsyaa Tsal Peter Ch'igiioonta', and her infant son Calvin Peter Ch'igiioonta'.
She is survived by her children, Bessie, Hannah, Paul, Jean, Adeline, Walter, Steven, Kathy and Webster, and numerous nephews and nieces, especially by Abraham Peter Stephen Skidadlostall, Steven, Margaret, Annie, Shirley Ann, Linda Mae and Bella, and by William Bill Stevens.
She also is survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, among them Gloria, Peter Pan, Did-did, Angie, Brian, Brenda, Francine, Hannah, Tierra, Dane, Princess, Evon, Odin, Shajol, Cinga, Olav, Naniiezh, Ch'eelil, Cameron and Brandon.
A memorial service will be held at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27. A covered dish meal will follow and be shared by all at 6 p.m. at the parish hall.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Matthew's Episcopal Church.

Published in Daily News-Miner on February 25, 2010

 

GOODWIN SEMAKEN
A Biography: GOODWIN SEMAKEN - Kaltag, Alaska. The Index and his family tree are online here. Book published by Spirit Mountain Press, PO Box 1214, Fairbanks, Alaska 99707
 
AL WRIGHT
A Biography: AL WRIGHT - Minto, Alaska. The Index and his family tree are online here. Book published by Spirit Mountain Press, PO Box 1214, Fairbanks, Alaska 99707
 
 

 

 

 

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