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1918: Ed Stroecker, Fairbanks Home Guard

FAIRBANKS HOME GUARDS
March 27th, 1918

OFFICERS:

FRANK B. HALL, President
GUY B. ERWIN, Vice-President
ROBERT W. TAYLOR, Secretary
JAS. E. BARRACK, Drillmaster

GENERAL ORDER NO. 1

You are informed that the Fairbanks Home Guard is now regularly organized and has been authorized by the Governor of Alaska to petition the services designated in Act June 11, 1917 and that the Guards have the character of State Police or Constabulary.

It has been decided to use the Home Guard for patrol duty in Fairbanks and Garden Island during the night time.  This patrol and guard will be started on April 1st, 1918 and will be kept up according to the schedule herewith for the period of four weeks, when the hours of guard duty will be shortened and a new schedule of names furnished.

The patrol will consist of six guards, two on Garden Island, and four in town of Fairbanks, and the patrol will be relieved every two hours.

The object of the patrol is to guard and protect property, especially all warehouses containing food and government property.  The patrol on the Garden Island side will guard the warehouse district, railway depot and buildings and the bridge.  The patrol in Fairbanks will pay especial attention to that part of the town lying between First and Third Avenues and from Lacy Street to Wickersham.

The patrol will be armed with revolvers and are ordered to make arrests in the event of persons attempting to destroy property.

The guards will report for duty at the City Hall, where a book will be furnished for the entry of their names and time of going on duty and where they will be furnished with arms.  The second, third and fourth relief, after reporting at City Hall, will relieve those on duty, who hand over their arms, and when the fourth relief goes off duty at 6 o’clock in the morning they will return the arms to City Hall.

It is intended that each man shall stand guard two hours once each week.  In order that the hours of duty be fairly distributed, each relief will be guided by and go on duty the first time in strict accordance with the schedule as printed.  The second time their turn for guard duty comes around each relief will go on two hours later than they did the first week, and so on each successive week for the four weeks the schedule is intended to cover, which will give each relief patrol duty for one week of the four periods. In other words, those who go on duty from 9 to 11 the first night will the following week go on from 11 to 1, and the next week from 1 to 3, and the fourth week from 3 to 5.

If there is any misunderstanding with reference to these instructions, you are to call up any of the drillmasters, who will put you right.

If for any reason you are prevented from attending to these duties at the hour fixed, it is expected that you will provide a substitute by changing hours with some other member of the Home Guard.

IT IS ORDERED THAT EACH MAN REPORT PROMPTLY AT THE HOUR NAMED.

The officers of the Guard look to the members to carry out this order in the spirit that it is for the best interests of all concerned. We are engaged in the bitterest war of all times, the safety of Civilization is at stake, and there is a debt of service due from every man in this country proportionate to the bounties which nature and fortune have measured to him. That you are willing an anxious to “do your bit” is not questioned. – TWO HOURS EACH WEEK.

March 27th, 1918. By Order of Executive Committee.
JAS. E. BARRACK,

Drillmaster

 

 

 

9 to 11 11 to 1 1 to 3 3 to 5
GARDEN ISLAND
Anderson, O. W. Bloom, Robt Joslin, W. H. Hamilton, Ray
Bishoprick, F. Bickford, J. B. Boyer, E. H. Brown, R. M.
FAIRBANKS
Bucci, J. Buel, T. Bailey, H. Bredlie, A.
Kelly, H. C. Bidwell, J. Buckley, J. J. Cambridge, J. A.
Hess, L. C. Beraud, G. E. Clark, J. A. Carlson, M. O.
Bernard, R. L. Hess, S. R. Love, Max Williams, A. J.

GARDEN ISLAND

Levake, J. Levake, Dave Raap, John Saulich, Milo
Wolcott, Ed. Kennedy, B. S. Miller, Frank DeYoung, Harry

FAIRBANKS

Coleman, G. A. Clausen, E. A. Carey, Wm. Cunningham, J. M.
Courtnay, Walter Clark, F. R. Conradt, Aug. Drake, G. D.
Avakoff, H. B. Cathcart, W. Carlsten, A. Johnson, A. J.
Gibson, Thos. Coombs, D. F. Carruthers, S. S. Wilbur, A. L.

GARDEN ISLAND

Atlich, Carl Davis, Edby Kennedy, A Hayes, C. H.
Struthers, J. Fred. Barrack, John Weir, H. A. Wesch, Geo.

FAIRBANKS

Dunn, John Fairborn, J. A. Graham, F. P. Groen, John
Davis, J. A. Fortier, A. H. George, Chris. Gillette, L. R.
Deal, T. H. Fisher, Oscar D. Groves, J. Hall, F. B.
Evans, W. E. Foster, T. H. Gellerman, E. Hutchinson, G.

GARDEN ISLAND

McCord, Abe Lewis, Fred. Jankovich, M. Davis, H. C.
Sommers, R. J. Hopkins, Paul Nerland, Andrew Heath, Jack

FAIRBANKS

Hahn, C. S. Krieger, O. P. Landers, A. Magnussen, S. L.
Johnson, Ed. Kramer, W. F. Lumpkin, H. H. Mehegan, J.
Kennedy, G. F. Lavery, Robt. Miller, J. H. Markus, Geo.
Lloyd, Reese Fowle, J. R. Mack, E. H. Marple, W.

GARDEN ISLAND

Menzie, R. D. Kelly, Robt. Johnson, Theo. Appleby, W. A.
Rose, Dan Bryant, J. F. Sheldon, R. E. Smythe, E. J.

FAIRBANKS

McKinnon, W. W. Heilmick, M. Nerland, T. A. Koon, Norman
MacQuarrie, G. A. McGinnis, D. L. Pinkerton, W. T. Parsons, T. A.
McDonald, Thos. Newton, D. A. Peterson, P. S. Rhind, C. F.
McCrary, Frank Nerland, Andy Preston, Geo. Rust, Jesse

GARDEN ISLAND

Peoples, E. R. Ross, H. H. St. George, R. Y. Selberg, C. S.
McIntosh, J. A. McAdam, Ed Murrow, J. G. Moyer, LeRoy

FAIRBANKS

Bolston, Ted Sherman, Ben. Sells, Mark Tonseth, E. A.
Roth, R. F. Smith, Jos. Smith, Jr., J. H. Tull, H. R.
Steel, R. S. Sea, Sam Taylor, R. W. Wood,, F. P.
Swan, T. T. Sutherland, J. A. Thompson, Ben. Wooldridge, E. R.

GARDEN ISLAND

Stroecker, Ed. Sanderlin, E. L. Campbell, Wm. Landerking, G. M.
Karstens, H. P. Kubon, Ralph Lorentzen, Peter Lovejoy, S __ve

FAIRBANKS

Copeland, A. L. Fisher, Joe F. Handley, W. H. Hering, Ed
Crawford, R. M. Golden, Louis Harrals, Martin Hunter, Geo.
Brown, Harry W. Grown, Harry L. Hellig, Reed W. Purdy, E. H.
Douse, Fred Hall, M. F. Heacock, L. J. Protzman, L. F.

 

1912: Article – Stroecker – No Paystreak at Good News

Ed Stroecker
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and Tanana Tribune
Fairbanks, Alaska
Tuesday, October 1, 1912
Tenth Year–Number 191
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NO PAYSTREAK AT GOOD NEWS


Stroecker Receives Word Concerning Operations on Butte.

Rich Spots of Pay There.

Prospecting Difficult and Expensive in Lower Kuskokwim Camp.

Advices which Ed Stroecker has just received from his mining partner, Bill McLean, in the Good News Bay country of the lower Kuskokwim are to the effect that no real paystreak has been uncovered as yet in that camp. True, some very rich spots of pay have been found, but these have the habit of suddenly petering out. This is the case with one of the firms on Butte Creek. Last season the boys took out $11,000. This summer they mined $10,000 and then suddenly ran out of the pay. McLean reports that they now have closed down and quit the camp. Despite these characteristics of the district and of Butte Creek McLean is quite optimistic and is satisfied that a little more prospecting will disclose a real and continuous paystreak from which the rich spots derived their gold.

Still operations are very expensive and slow on Butte, and all of the lower Kuskokwim. There is now need for the boilers, while most of the ground is wet and will require pumping.

McLean and partners put in a bedrock drain, but did not make much ______ because the water could not move the rocks, which are large, of high specific gravity and mostly flat.

1912: Article – Winter Work is Slow

Ed Stroecker
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and Tanana Tribune
Fairbanks, Alaska
Friday, October 11, 1912
Tenth Year–Number 200
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WINTER WORK IS SLOW.

One Plant Only Working at Chatanika, Olnes and Lower Vault.

This is the betwixt and between season for the placer workers when they are ceasing summer work, while they have not yet started winter development, hence it is rather quiet on the creeks reports Ed Stroecker, of E. R. Peoples’ store, who is just back from a tour of the neighboring valleys.

At Chatanika, Stroecker found only one plant at work, the remainder having finished for the season.

Down at the mouth of Dome, Barney Sandstrom is closing down today. Gleinschmidt ceased work yesterday noon, while Jerry Paulson expects to operate until the first of the month. Paulson is busied on the new left limit pay streak which shows a run of course gold, different from that previously found on the Niggerhead.

A little later there will be some work started on the Shakespeare group of Dome for two new days are to be let on that property.

No one is working now on lower Little El Dorado, and J. S. Bigsby has the only plan on lower Vault. He is sluicing on the Alabama Association.

1912: Article – Eagles Given Hard Drubbing

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and Tanana Tribune
Monday, July 1, 1912
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1912 Midnight Sun Game Lineups

The fans at Exposition Park yesterday afternoon were much disappointed at the class of ball, for the Van Dycks were such easy victors as to rob the match of interest.

Buckley opened for the Eagles and was pounded over the field for 10 funs. He was replaced by Leonberger, who pitched very good ball. For the Eagles, Conway, the recent arrival, who caught during the midnight game, was back in his proper position, first base, which he held down to perfection. Douse was also in his old place behind the bat.

For the Van Dycks, McDonough opened the game and pitched for seven innings, Stroecker going in at the last. The receiving end of the Van Dyck battery was Jesse Myers.

There is some talk of dividing the players on the two teams up so that the nines will be more evenly matched, and thus make the game more interesting when the teams meet on the Fourth of July.

The lineup was as follows:

Eagles — Leonberger, p; Douse, c; Conway, 1b; McMullen, 2b; Geis, ss; Buckley, 3b; Hamilton, rf; Goodman, cf; Ricker, lf.

Van Dycks — Stroecker and McDonough, p; Myer and Stroecker, c; Koon, 1b; Wagner, 2b; Wood, ss; Bennett, 3b; Myers and McDonough, lf; Corruthers, cf; Taylor, rf.

Score by innings:
Eagles       —   1 0 0 0 0 2 0 4 3 0
Van Dycks —   1  0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 4

2000: Stroecker Name Linked with Fairbanks History

BY MICHELLE EASTTY
JUNE 2000

The inconceivably dramatic history of the city of Fairbanks has been shaped by a multitude of forgotten characters, including frontiersmen, gold panners, and all-around scoundrels. The names of those who have made the greatest impact are remembered with honor and pride. One such name is that of Eddie Stroecker, “The Grand Old Man.”

An adventurer who came to Alaska at the turn of the century, Stroecker brought with him a passion for the game of baseball that is remembered to this day. He played in the earliest organized “base ball” games in Fairbanks, and is remembered as the father of Fairbanks’ annual midnight sun baseball game.

“Baseball seemed to mean more to him than anything,” said Eddie’s son, Bill Stroecker, who has perpetuated the legacy by serving as the Alaska Goldpanners’ board president for 34 consecutive years.

It was October 1904 when Eddie Stroecker and some friends floated on a hand-built boat to what was then the booming gold camp called Fairbanks. Before that, he spent winters working in Valdez and summers mining in the Copper River Valley. It was his knack for baseball that landed him a much-needed job in Valdez in 1901. “There was a saloon owner in Valdez who envisioned himself to be a pretty good pitcher,” recalled Bill Stroecker, from a story his father had told him. “He would go out with two other guys, a catcher and a batter, and the three of them would play. Dad was sitting on the fence watching when the batter hit a high fly ball. Dad ran over to catch it and the saloon owner said, ‘Now that’s a baseball player!’ and gave Dad a job in the saloon.”

Eddie Stroecker was an intense player, and played the catcher position with ferocious determination. Often the team captain, he and whatever local team he could pull together challenged military and business teams in the gold rush days of the early 1900’s. Stroecker was admired throughout the North for his aggressive baserunning and a Dawson newspaper suggested that he would have the makings of a professional player in the Lower 48.

As best as can be determined, the annual Midnight Sun Baseball Classic started in 1906 as a Summer Solstice celebration. The game has always been held at midnight, and in its 95 years has never once been played under artificial lighting. This became a primary facet of game tradition in 1964 when Growden Memorial Park, home of the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks, became Alaska’s first outdoor stadium with lights.

Stroecker is reported to have played in Fairbanks’ very first organized baseball game, and he is credited with being the driving force behind the inauguration of the midnight game tradition.

His stellar play was a constant draw for the event. Playing for the Athletics in the 1910 classic, he had two hits, scored a run and stole four bases in his team’s 11-8 win. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner’s account of the game states that “to the work of Eddie Stroecker more than to any other one person, is the victory of the Athletics attributable, as he put life and confidence into his team and made use of his head at all times in playing his team.” His outstanding play continued for years, and his was a routine presence in the Midnight Sun Game lineup until 1918.

It has been almost a century since Eddie Stroecker and his teammates started the unrivaled tradition of Fairbanks’ Midnight Sun Game. Bill Stroecker’s subsequent leadership in Fairbanks baseball presents a 100 year dominion for the Stroecker duo that is almost unimaginable. This summer, the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks will be honoring the Stroecker legacy in Fairbanks history by recognizing with esteem the distinction of these two great men.

2000 GOLDPANNERS YEARBOOK & STATISTICAL RECORD