CITY HALL
EMERGENCY BULLETIN #15
11 April 1964 (Saturday)
(Prepared by Karl Armstrong)

SBA LOANS
Two representatives of the Small Business Administration have set up their office in the State Courtroom above the post office to begin processing applications for loans. Under present SBA laws it may grant loans with a maximum 20 year maturity at three percent. The SBA has authority to approve most loans in Anchorage rather than Washington D. C. and processing has been speeded up. Ranchers are not eligible for SBA loans and should apply for disaster loans through the Farmer's Home Administration. The two loans specialists here will open for business in their office from 8:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. every day.

DR. A. HOLMES & "FROSTY" RETURN
Dr. A. Holmes and "Frosty" Johnson returned to Kodiak today from Australia where they had been informed of the earthquake and tidal wave. Dr. A. Holmes said they heard only that Kodiak had been totally destroyed and could get no further word for four days. They were on a Rotary Good Will trip around the world and at the time of learning of the disaster they were in the desert of northern Australia.

KRAFT STORES TO OPEN
Walter Kraft this morning announced plans for opening the Kraft Dry Goods store in the old Island Fountain Building and the Kraft Men's Wear Store in the Doghouse location. Both stores will open this coming week he said. The Kraft Hardware operation is now a joint enterprise of Krafts and Norman Sutliff in the Sutliff & Son store on the base road.

EGGEMEYER'S FURNITURE LOCATION
The Eggemeyer Furniture store has temporarily relocated in their warehouse located behind Jerry's Garage. Jim Eggemeyer advised he is exploring plans for building a new structure to house their store.

REVEREND BULLOCK BACK
Rev. Don Bullock returned today from Anchorage. He reported sighting emmense ammounts of debris floating from five to ten miles north of Kodiak Island. He also noted that Mission and Potato Patch Lakes are now an integral part of the sea and form a "Mission Lagoon" which would lend itself well to being an ideal marina for sport craft.

LIONS INTERNATIONAL TO REBUILD AFOGNAK
The Lions International Organization is scheduled to build a new village for the people of Afognak according to news brought back from Anchorage by Rev. Don Bullock. He reports the Lions International has pledged to raise $1,000,000 to build a new Afognak wherever the villagers finally decide to locate. They have already raised $500,000 toward their goal.

ANTON LARSON BAY
Rancher Dewitt Fields reports he lost a few head of his beef herd and some small buildings to the tidal wave but that otherwise he fared okay in Anton Larson Bay. He said he had talked with Gracie Hurst who came in from Ugak Bay (Saltery Cove) to get feed for their herd. Gracie told him that they lost half their herd there and that she and her husband Ron spent four days living on the side of a mountain after the tidal waves swept their home and other structures away. One unusual sight they observed during the earthquake were "explosions" in Ugak Bay which sent huge geysers high into the air.

BAKERY PLANS
Harold Naughton of NaughtonTs Bakery today advised they hoped to have the bakery resume operations "on a limited hand basis" by May 4th. The bakery facilities inside the bakery were completely ruined although it appears that the building withstood the tidal wave surges, Crews have been cleaning up the tremendous mess inside the building which at the time of the disaster and inundation of the building had been completely stocked in preparation for the order for furnishing their Russian Rye bread for the New York World's Fair. It is not known at this time if they will find it feasible to provide the bread for the Alaska Exhibit.

DRYDOCK ENROUTE
City Manager Ralph Jones and the City Council met with Navy officials Thursday to discuss the operation of a Navy drydock now enroute from San Diego. The 175 x 45' facility is due to arrive here on April 18. It is anticipated that a private ship repair contractor will operate the repair facility. An officer and five Navy men are accompanying the drydock and will raise and lower the dock.

FAA-WOODY ISLAND
The Federal Aviation Administration is not contemplating any immediate change in the FAA facilities operating on Woody Island, according to Ralph Westover of the Anchorage FAA headquarters. He said they plan to rebuild the Woody Island Dock which served the Fedair Ferryboat.

BASE HOUSING
Cmdr. H. Krakow, 17th Naval District Civil Engineer, tells us that plans for construction of 100 housing units on the Naval Base here remain the same. "We have had no change in our plans to build these units, " he stated. Kodiak Naval Station Commandant, Capt. Roy Gee, scoffed at recent rumors that the base would be closed. "There's been no such thoughts even before the disaster and certainly there are none now," he said.

KODIAK MIRROR
The first printed issue of the Kodiak Mirror is due on this afternoons Pacific Northern Flight with Wayne Kotula, according to Publisher Sig Digree. It contains many pictures of the destruction done to Kodiak.

POLAR BEAR NOW OPEN
Tommy & Mary Gallagher today advised they have reopened their Polar Bear Cafe in the same location.

LOST SAVINGS BONDS
Kodiak Savings Bond Chairman Ed Naughton today advised that forms for applying for U.S. Savings Bonds which might have been lost in the tidal wave are now available at both banks.

PROJECTS PLANNED
City Manager Ralph Jones has been negotiating with the Housing & Home Finance Agency (HHFA) for grants under the APW program which will include, among other things, the following projects, the estimated total cost of which is nearly $5,000,000, Sanitary Sewers, Water Distribution, Storm Sewers, Street Paving, City Dock, Library & Museum, City Hall, City Jail, Police & Fire Station, Airport Improvements, Road to and on Near Island. It is understood that the proposed grant program will provide at least 75 percent of the funds required for these projects.

KODIAK'S BUSINESS LOSS
A number of persons have inquired how badly Kodiak's business district was hit and for those unable to view the incredible destruction the tidal waves inflicted following is a list of the business firms which were virtually wiped out. Ye might add that we have yet to find one businessman who is not voicing hopes and intentions of reestablishing his business here. Some, like the Kodiak Branch, First National Bank of Anchorage were able to reopen in their same location. These included the Casino, Village Bar, and to a very crude and limited extent, Kraft's Supermarket and Kodiak Welding Shop. Others like Kodiak Suppliers, Kodiak Laundry, Kodiak Airways, Island Electronics, Electronics Associates, Kodiak Aleutian Realty* Alaska Transfer & Storage, Kodiak Mirror, Eggemeyer Furniture, Thompson Transfer, Union Oil, were able to find new temporary locations. The KEA is operating again as is Alaska Ice & Storage. Most of the following firms however had their places of business and most of their inventories destroyed:

KRAFT DRY GOODS                             ELKS BOWLING LANES
KRAFT HARDWARE                              CURLEY'S BARBER SHOP
KRAFT MEN'S WEAR                            SHIPS TAVERN
KRAFT SUPERMARKET                           POLAR BEAR CAFE
NAUGHTON'S BAKERY                           NORMAN'S PHOTO
MARTIN'S HARBORVIEW PLUMBING                FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF ANCHORAGE
BREAKER'S LIQUOR STORE                      RENAULT SALES
EGGEMEYERS FURNITURE STORE                  KODIAK ALEUTIAN REALTY
MECCA BAR, 49 ROOM & LIQUOR STORE           MARTIN'S KING CRAB
KODIAK LAUNDRY                              VILLAGE BAR
KODIAK MIRROR                               DAD'S BARBER SHOP
KODIAK CLEANERS                             OSCAR BAILEY-QUADRA
KODIAK LAUNDROMAT                           ARDINGER'S MUSIC SHOP
CLARK'S GARAGE                              ANCHORAGE AUTO PARTS & EQUIPMENT
COURT APTS.                                 KODIAK WELDING
COOK APTS                                   BRECHAN'S REPAIR SHOP
FULLER APTS                                 KODIAK CAFE
MARINE VIEW APTS.                           SHOLL'S MARINE REPAIR
DEVEAU ELECTRONICS                          KNUDSEN'S
ANTHONY'S ACCOUNTANCY                       LILL'S CAFE
THOMPSON'S TRANSFER                         KODIAK JEWELRY
NAUGHTON'S STANDBY BAKERY & WAREHOUSE       KIA LUNDS KNIT SHOP
TONY'S BAR & LIQUOR STORE                   UNION OIL SALES
SOLLY'S "OFFICE"                            KING CRAB INC.
THE SPORTLAND                               ALASKA KING CRAB
RECREATION HALL                             ALASKA PACKERS ASS'N
MECCA CAB                                   DONNELLEY & ACHESON
ACE CAB                                     STANDARD OIL
ORPHEUM THEATRE                             ALVINE'S MARINE REPAIR
ISLAND ELECTRONICS                          KEA
ELECTRONICS ASSOCIATES                      ADF&G ADMN. BUILDING
KODIAK TELEPHONE CO.                        F & W WAREHOUSE
ELKS CLUB                                   BEACHCOMBERS
These do not include the many private homes destroyed. We may have inadvertently not included other businesses on the above list.

The City Manager, Ralph S. Jones received the following letter and cartoon from W.C. Kingston of the Washington Fish & Oyster Company, Seattle, Washington.

"Dear Ralph:

I thought that the enclosed cartoon quite aptly fit your position in Kodiak.

I would like to comment on the tremendous job that the people of Kodiak were doing toward rehabilitating their city. I was tremendously impressed with the leadership and energy being expended by everyone."

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