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Becoming Alaskan: North to Alaska - and the future

...cancelled. The teams sprinted 674 miles from Nenana to Nome to transport life-saving medicine needed to combat a diphtheria epidemic overtaking the town. Not long afterward, the Iditarod was born. (And then decades later, Disney made the animated...
The Fourth in Juneau

...the Douglas Parade and also rode in the Juneau festivities. Jirdes is the last-known survivor of the 1925 Nome diphtheria epidemic. She moved here in 1929, and except for a few years, has lived in town for most of her life. "It was quite...
This Day in History

...caught without provisions in a three-day blizzard. They reported that horses had eaten their tent. In 1939, a diphtheria epidemic closed Juneau schools and children were not allowed to leave their homes or yards. In 1959, the Legislative Council...
Red Cross looking for blood this week

...or receive more information. The American Red Cross has had a presence in Southeast Alaska since 1917, when a diphtheria epidemic swept the state. Originally there were separate service areas for Juneau, Wrangell, Sitka and Ketchikan. A...
Mary Joyce inducted into the Alaska women's hall of fame

...opening his resort, DeVighne received national attention as Alaska's Commissioner of Health during the 1925 diphtheria epidemic. The epidemic was the catalyst of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, and the Walt Disney children's classic film...
A race to save Nome

...was Calvin Coolidge and the occasion was the 1925 diphtheria epidemic in Nome. Around 1918 an influenza epidemic (Spanish...Hospital - realized that he had the beginnings of a diphtheria epidemic. He had a supply of 80,000 units of diphtheria...
Balto's return to Alaska broke down some illusions

...the emergency effort some 74 years ago to get life-saving serum 674 miles from Nenana to Nome, which faced a diphtheria epidemic. Some 20 dog teams were involved and the leader considered the biggest hero was a pooch named Togo, whose remains...
July 4th parade to tout 'Freedom of Speech'

...marshals of the island's parade. Jirdes Baxter was honored in March for being the last survivor of the 1925 Nome diphtheria epidemic, in which a dog sled team heroically mushed over a thousand miles from Nenana to deliver serum. "At the time...
Alaska Digest

...Douglas residents Fred and Jirdes Baxter are the grand marshals. Jirdes is the last survivor of the 1925 Nome diphtheria epidemic. Two killed by grizzly near Hulahula River ANCHORAGE - Two people camping along the Hulahula River in the Arctic...
Variety, parade veterans expected in July 4 procession

...and Jirdes Baxter, of Douglas, are the grand marshals. Jirdes is the last-known survivor of the 1925 Nome diphtheria epidemic. The route stretches from Third and H streets to St. Ann's Avenue and A Street. Third Street will be shut...


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