The Alaska's Digital Archives have recently put up some pics from a photo album which documented the depression era farming experiment in Matanuska, Alaska. People with failed or failing farms in the upper midwest were relocated as settlers in the Alaskan territory. One such family was that of Einer Huseby, my Maternal Grandmother's Uncle. I've included some shots of the pics below. You can see Einer, his wife (Inez), his son (either Donald or Kenneth, I'm not sure), the family dog, the cabin in progress, the tent they lived in while working on the cabin, and some of the crops they grew. I tell you, these people worked their asses off with insufficient help from the government that had dragged them out there. They cleared the land of trees, tore out the stumps, built their own homes and cared for their families without electricity, or pretty much any contact with the outside world. Read more about the Matanuska colony in Palmer, AK here. (Click on the photos to see larger versions, or go to the link in the title and search for Einer Huseby).