Summer ’83, building of log home begins

man sawing logs

Norman sanding logs for the home. Logs will be used upright rather than horizontal to allow for easier construction and water runoff.

Saturday, May 28, 1983—Tom and Lee D. came and we tried to survey property line. Made a pack to go to cabin to assess bear damage. Dan flew me out and stayed the night. Bear tore mattress, sleeping bag and cushion. He rubbed four trees leaving blonde hair. He dug the ground up at my old gas cache. (For some reason, bears are attracted to the odor of gasoline.)

Sunday, May 29, 1983—partly cloudy, warm, windy and 69°. Hiked with Dan to his plane on Blue Lake. He left and I came back and built shutters for the trap cabin windows. Hunted griz a while. Griz has rubbed hair seven feet up on trees. Observed a pair of swans and two pair of breeding ducks on my lake.

Monday, May 30, 1983—sunny, then rain, sunny again and 69°. Dug a hole and built outhouse. Built pole floor for porch and set chopping block in ground. Looked for bear at Hole Lake. Saw beaver swimming and the loons are back. Dan came in late in the evening.

Tuesday, May 31, 1983—raining when we got up but soon quit—then we flew to Snowshoe Lake. I came home and did a few things here. We went to visit Allen and Roxanne. Lucky stopped at our place later and picked up his transit.

Wednesday June 8, 1983—partly cloudy, calm and 40° to 50°. Blake gave me a 16 foot log for a stringer in our house. (We started last month stockpiling logs we will use to build a full-sized cabin.) Sylvia went to Glennallen with Margaret and I cut brush on the road to our property. Pulled a car stuck in loose gravel alongside the highway and got it back on the asphalt.

Monday, June 13, 1983—started digging basement, put some gravel on lane. Frost and 30°. Sunny breezy day, bugs are bad. Sylvia still sick. Earthquake tremor at 9:50 p.m.

Tuesday, June 14, 1983—sunny and a strong breeze. Dug down to the frost on the basement and started on the outhouse. Prepared Bob Schmidt’s site for his garage with the Cat. Danny brought Cat power take off from Anchorage. Bob Able got home from jail..

Tuesday, June 21, 1983—up early, Bob Able went with me to Anchorage to get septic tank, et cetera. Nice trip—got all our shopping done. Mostly nice weather, got unloaded in the evening. Charlie T. stopped to visit about land.

Monday, June 27, 1983—light rain all day. Bob Rudbeck and Dan Billman helped with basement walls. Sylvia and Bob Able helped all day. Jerry and Nick helped later. We have all but 20 feet of walls up now. Put up mailbox today.

Tuesday, June 28, 1983—Bob, Jerry, and Nick Rudbeck and Denny Griffith helped finish basement walls and put floor Joists on. Dan Billman brought my ladder and helped put beams up. Beautiful day, happy tonight. Had supper with them at KROA campground. Tom and Lisa brought a cake and we made out a money receipt.

Thursday, June 30, 1983—spread gravel in the lane and finished tar coating on basement. Shored up the walls of basement from the inside. Tom brought receipt for his down payment on parcel of land. Visited Lucky and Mary.

Monday, July 4, 1983—worked on logs for a while, then went to Billman’s place for a picnic—had a good time. Visited Hoffmans in the evening.

Tuesday, July 5, 1883—Dan flew Bob, Karn, Jerry, Betty, Dana and Nick Rudbeck, and Sylvia and me to Kianna Creek to fish king salmon. Nick and Kahren caught fish. Sylvia, Jerry, Dana and Nick lost several. Worked on sawmill in the evening and got water at Bob Schmidt’s.

Wednesday, July 6, 1983—Dan B. and Vern B. and wife borrowed hip boots and fish pole. Bob Rudbeck borrowed two pressure canners. Lucky, Sylvia and I got 33 House logs and some lumber sawed. Had supper at Blake and Jackie’s. Bob Able was shooting in the night. Shot two holes in his van.

Tuesday, July 12, 1983—still rainy. 5.7 earthquake at 6:00 a.m. Went to Dan’s, made several phone calls. Hauled the rest of house logs to mill. Hauled two big loads of firewood to our place. Visited Smayda’s about land business.

Friday, July 15, 1983—did odd jobs around the building site. Sanded two sill logs. Back filled rest of basement. George Shaffer brought 45 sheets of ½ inch plywood—very nice plywood. Paid him $360. Visited Lucky and Mary. Saturday, July 16, 1983—sunny day, got nine sill logs on. Took Mike, the dog, over to show him his home to be. Helped Bob Schmidt run some cement.

Friday, July 22, 1983—Bob Able was on a rampage. Lucky, Blake and I unloaded the lumber and I drove the truck back to Anchorage and rode home with Dan Billman.

Saturday, July 23, 1983—rainy day. Hauled Bob Able and his things to Sutton. Picked up Bob Schmidt’s lumber at Homesteaders Hardware in Big Lake.

Tuesday, July 26, 1983—Henry went back to the mine, Doug is staying with us. Bob, Kahren and Dana helped with the logs, got 29 sanded today. Dan and Patti brought us a phone message from Nadia this afternoon (we don’t have a telephone).

Wednesday, July 27, 1983—perfect weather, though hot. Bob and Kahren helped sand logs. Have 105 done now. Doug put log oil on some of the basement studs. Bob and Kahren treated us to pizza at KROA.

Sunday, July 31, 1983—a little rain, but mostly sunny. Finished sanding the logs. We have sawed 143 logs. Re-piled some lumber.

Wednesday, August 3, 1983—beautiful day, put two sill logs on and half the floor. Move the stairs to basement. Helped Bob Schmidt for a while. Measured the distance to Lake—383 feet.

Saturday, August 6, 1983—covered the house floor with plastic and bolted stairs to floor joist. Worked at drain field for septic system. Got three sections of pipe in. Went to KROA to see Darrel Gerry.

Sunday, August 7, 1983—finished fourth section drain field. Secured tarps on lumber. Drove pins in Cat track. Moved dogs to new place, got truck ready for a trip. Allen F. and Blake just discovered more log gone. Dan B. stopped and paid share on truck rental.

Monday, August 8, 1983—finished securing things at the building site and finished getting the truck ready. Went to KROA, Hoffman’s, and Jim and Mary Odden’s to check their place. We are going “outside”. Daughter, Beverly is getting married.

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