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Film of D8 being pulled out of frozen Yukon, with Elmer later narrating

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Elmer’s Parents Frank & Amanda Keturi;
Brothers & Sisters. 1927

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Elmer, Hildur, Eliza, Angela, Tony, & Ray.  “We all spent the winter in camp “1937.

Frank/Amanda Keturi and Family;
Kertu Family. 1938

L. to R.: Hulda & Sulo Huhta, Sven Kertu, Minnie Kertu w/Sandra Huhta, Frank Keturi, Dave Moses, Aileen Moses, Amanda Keturi, Hildur Keturi w/ Ray, Oscar Keturi, Raymond Keturi, Irene Keturi, Paul Nieminen, Lempi Nieminen, Urho Keturi, John Keturi, Emma Keturi, Matt Mattson (sitting) (Amanda’s bro.)

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Elmer & Hildur Keturi in Fairbanks, AK. 1938 (Click image for much larger view)

“Hildur’s and my living quarters at Moore Creek and our dog team”  1937

Elmer & Hildur Keturi’s first cabin

“Our first home in Alaska in which we chopped the ice”

Moore Creek Dragline (1937)

“Our dragline dumping gold bearing gravel into the
dump box of our trestle at Moore Creek.   The old 60 bulldozer pushed away the tailings.  1937.


Elmer & Eugene leaving on 48 mile hike to get new D8 bulldozer from Iditarod

“Olaf Olson our monitor operator”


“I worked on this gold dredge the seasons of 1929, 1930, and 1935”


Tony, Eliza, Elmer, Ray and Hildur leaving Moore Creek for the Christmas party in Flat

“We put bunks and a table into our bath house.  It was our living quarters during the move.”


Elmer welding the ice corks to tractor tracks before starting to move their mining outfit 200 miles to Taylor Creek.  1949.


“Our dragline, buildings and supplies sitting on the edge of the Kuskokwim River while we are freezing an ice bridge thick enough to cross safely.”


“Lining a tractor up to send it across the river on our ice bridge.   The river was 60 feet deep here.  There was only 12 inches of ice so we made a snow dam with shovels across the river then laid down brush and snow and pumped on water.   It was very cold so our ice bridge froze solid three or four inches each night.  In 7 days we had it thick enough to send the tractors across on their own with the loads.”


“It took three D8 tractors to pull the dragline up to the steep bank on the south shore of the Kuskokwin River.  It weighed forty-five tons.”


Elmer at Taylor Creek after the long move.  They brought everything including the nine buildings.


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