Born in 1928 and originally from Pennsylvania, Bill Fickus came to Alaska in 1956. Bill was a pilot, guide, and miner. In 1959, he married Lill who was from Arctic Village and Fort Yukon. In 1963, they moved to Crevice Creek, about forty miles north of Bettles, where they lived year-round on a remote homestead hunting, gathering, and raising their own food. They also raised and educated their children there.