George Sullivan was interviewed by Mary Larson on June 16, 1990 in Kennecott, Alaska during the Kennecott Kids reunion. In this interview, he talks about his time working for the mine, some scary experiences in the mill, and what life was like at the mine in 1937.
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1) How he came to work at Kennecott
2) Closure of the Kennecott mine
3) The Latouche Mine and travel from Valdez to Kennecott
4) Alaska Road Commission work
5) The impact of World War II
6) Working in Valdez, and the lack of diseases in Kennecott
7) Recollections of Kennecott
8) Almost falling into a grizzly crusher
9) The preservation and restoration of mining facilities
10) A story told by Fred Seltenreich at the reunion
11) The Kennecott Museum and copper mine at Salt Lake City
12) How he got into politics
13) Development of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
14) Story about his father and uncle on the Chilkoot Trail
15) Chilkoot Trail story continued, and more family history
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Section 1: Valdez\ Alaska Road Commission\ Kennecott\ mine\ Bonanza Mine\ Jumbo Mine\ Erie Mine\ ore -- buckets\ grizzly crusher
Section 2: Kennecott Mine -- closure 1938\ United Mine Workers -- role in closure\ activities -- baseball, pool hall, card room\ McCarthy -- go to drink, etc.\ Kelly, Joe\ Wold, Sig\ Humphreys, ?\ Fairbanks Exploration Company
Section 3: Latouche Mine -- between Valdez and Seward\ Guggenheim, ?\ mining -- copper\ Karabelnikoff, Bill\ Karabelnikoff, George\ Alaska Steamship\ Cordova\ Chitina\ O'Neil, Jack\ Price Creek\ Peterson, Mrs. -- played piano at silent movie house
Section 4: Alaska Road Commission -- learning experience\ transfer company\ Anchorage -- military base\ Ghezzi, Al\ Alaska Freight Lines\ Valdez\ Knudson, Morrison\ Northway -- airport\ Tanacross -- airport\ Nabesna\ Slana\ Nabesna -- base
Section 5: World War II-- lend lease airplanes\ Valdez -- troops to build Alaska Highway\ White River, Canada\ Tanacross\ Tok -- tent community during road building\ Alaska Road Commission\ Thompson Pass
Section 6: Valdez -- airport\ Wilciy, Dan\ Kennecott -- disease free\ Dr. Gillespie
Section 7: miners -- Kennecott\ McCarthy\ Petrokof, Eagen
Section 8: Watsjold, Oscar -- Seward\ grizzly crusher\ bucket -- ore
Section 9: mine -- facilities\ mines -- underground\ mines -- copper\ Kennecott -- cabins
Section 10: Seltenreich, Fred\ Chitina River\ Kennecott -- reunion\ Watsjold, Oscar\ Kennecott -- everything left intact
Section 11: Salt Lake City -- Kennecott Museum\ Bernhisel, Jack -- (former) Senior VP Kennecott\ Salt Lake City\ mine -- open pit copper\ Huddleston, Pop\ Simmons, Earl\ Valdez\ Goldstream\ Cook, Jack
Section 12: Valdez -- mother, mayor of Valdez 1934\ Father -- U.S. Marshal, 3rd Judicial division\ World War II -- Aleutian Islands\ Deputy U.S. Marshall\ Coghill, Jack\ flood control\ Healy -- mine strike\ Nenana\ Ghezzi, Al -- trucking\ Fairbanks City Council\ Anchorage -- 1964 state legislature\ Anchorage -- mayor 1967-1982
Section 13: Glennallen\ Chitina\ preservation versus park\ Hickel, Walter\ Cordova\ Egan\ Judge Dimond -- Valdez\ Wheeler, Mrs.
Section 14: Project 80's -- log home restoration\ family background Chilkoot trail -- 1898\ Sullivan, Harvey -- father\ Sullivan, Joe -- uncle
Section 15: Murray -- mother's maiden name\ cannery\ U.S. Marshall\ Valdez -- post mistress\ life history -- legislature\ U.S. Army -- Aleutian Islands\ Kennecott