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RUBYE JOHNSON FAMILY ALBUM. Photograph Album; 1918-1933. .1 cu. ft.

Rubye Johnson was the daughter of Anton and Hilda Johnson. The Johnson Family lived in Anchorage during the late 1910s and early 1920s. According to the 1920 United States Census, the family lived at 414 Fourth Street in Anchorage. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson were Swedish immigrants who lived in Washington before moving to Alaska. Mr. Johnson worked as a laborer for the Alaska Railroad. Rubye, their only child in 1920, was born in Washington in 1913 or 1914. In the 1920s the family moved back to Washington and later to California. From 1932 to 1933, the family traveled to Europe, visiting relatives and friends in Sweden and Denmark.

This collection consists of a single album of photographs of Rubye Johnson, her parents, and other relatives and friends. The images were taken in Alaska, Washington state, California, and Europe. Pages 1-6, 8, 14 and 24 (26 b&w prints) show Alaska in the late 1910s and early 1920s. Pages 7-28 include Washington and California in the late 1920s and early 1930s (123 b&w prints). The final 11 pages show Europe in 1932 and 1933 (111 b&w prints). The album belonged to Rubye Johnson, who is pictured in Alaska in 1918, on the first page of the album.

The album was acquired by the archives in 1999.

HMC-0482
KRH (9/1999)

Photograph list:

Note: This Album contains 26 black and white prints. All prints are listed in inches.

Page 1:
1-1. "Anchorage Public School, 1922." Group of school children in front of school; 1922. (b&w photo post card, 3.5 X 5.5).
1-2. "Anchorage, Alaska - Uncle Vic's Cabin." Persons identified: Ellen, Vic, Rubye, Mama; n.d. (3.5 X 5.5).
1-3. "'Me', Anchorage, Alaska, 4 years old, Bertha's Cabin, 1918"; 1918. (3.25 X 5.5).

Page 2:
2-1. "4th of July Float." Persons identified: Rubye, Jack; n.d. (3.5 X 5.5).
2-2. "'Marie', Marie Wilson - Alaska"; n.d. (3.5 X 5.5).
2-3. "Uncle Vic - Alaska"; n.d. (3.5 X 5.75).

Page 3:
3-1. "Rubye & Jack, Anchorage, Alaska"; n.d. (3.5 X 5.5).
3-2. "Pioneer Rooming House, Rubye and Bycycle, 1922, A. Alaska"; 1922. (3.5 X 5.5).
3-3. "'Me', Anchorage, Alaska." Rubye on skis in back yard; n.d. (3.5 X 5.75).

Page 4:
4-1. "Picnic, Lake Spenard, Alaska." Group of men and women having a picnic in the woods; n.d. (3.5 X 5.5).
4-2. "Alaska." Family picture around table, outside; n.d. (3.5 X 5).
4-3. "Our home, Alaska - Dad & I." Rubye and her father in front of their house at 414 4th Street; n.d. (3.5 X 5).
4-4. "Anchorage, Alaska - Rubye and Dad." Rubye and her father in front of a wooden building; n.d. (3.5 X 5.5).
4-5. "A. Alaska, Me, Dad." Rubye, her father, and two other men in front of a store; n.d. (3.25 X 5.25).

Page 5:
5-1. "Anchorage, Alaska - Rasmusson's." The Rasmusson home on 4th Street; n.d. (3 X 5.5).
5-2. "Gladys & Ruby Shedin"; n.d. (2.75 X 4.5).
5-3. "Jack Wilson - Alaska"; n.d. (3.25 X 5.25).
5-4. "Alaska Roses"; n.d. (3 X 3.25) cooks in a mess cabin; n.d. (3.25 X 5.25).
5-5 . "Alaska - Uncle Vic's Construction Co." Group of men and car in house on elevated rails, on trestle; n.d. (3.25 X 5.5).

Page 8:
8-1. "Alaska - Mom and I"; n.d. (3 X 5).

Page 14:
14-1. "Uncle Vic - Alaska." Group of men resting in clearing in woods; n.d. (3.5 X 5.5).
14-2. Two men servicing a Fokker cargo plane on snow; n.d. (3.5 X 5.75).

Page 24:
24-1 . "Alaska - Elizabeth"; n.d. (2.75 X 4.5).
24-2 . "Alaska - Don"; n.d. (3 X 5.5).