Project Jukebox

Digital Branch of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Oral History Program
Jane Williams
Jane Williams
Jane Williams talks about Creamer's Dairy Farm.

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Archive #: Oral History 2008-04-05

Project: Fairbanks Communities of Memory
Date of Interview: Apr 3, 1996
Narrator(s): Jane Williams
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Alaska Humanities Forum
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Teaching, and Charlie Creamer's helpfulness

The big Creamer's auction

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Well, -- I really don't have too much to add, um, wonderful stories of Ginny, and you, I don't know your last name, but anyway...

We, my husband and I, and family were latecomers, really. We got in on the tail end that we knew, the tail end of the um, gold rush, and then we went, came up here and put the kids in school around '50,

and we both began to teach. We had been teaching in the territory before that and so, we just knew Creamer's as a place that manufactured the milk that came to our door step.

And then once I went out to Creamer's... I was teaching biology and I needed a specimen of some kind to show; we were going into upper dissection and --

I needed something, so I go out to Charlie, and said you don't have something I can dissect out here? And he goes into a pile of manure, I think it was, and brings out a calf.

And I said that’s exactly what I want. So we washed it off, and took it to class, and we had a good lesson. But he was always ready to accommodate in that way.

The thing that I remember most, and my husband does too, is the big auction.

You know, you've sold, you've worked all your life here on a farm, and you have all these things and in front of the, in front of the house, the fields on both sides were filled with things for the auction.

-- I remember, well I still think out at Central at our homestead we have a pallet of things that came from the auction. My husband buys all these things, and will use it someday.

But -- I think we bought a couple tractors. What were they Red? [inaudible response from the audience]

Yea, we’re going to bring that back, we’re going to bring -- another old tractor back that we got, isn't that right? "You want to give everything I have away!" Uh, almost.

But anyway, that was a day when the whole town turned out to buy something at the auction. Now the bottles will go for what, $75.00 a piece?

That’s what they sold for, wasn't that right, $75.00, Gail? From $15.00 to $75.00 just for an old Creamer's bottle.

And there are certain ways that they make them more important, you know, if they're embossed, and things like that.

But anyway, I just am glad we moved into a community that was, was going to save Creamer's Field. It is remarkable. That’s all.