From left, Freddie Lantz, Harry Curran, and Kenny Van Brocklin, working the counter at the Cordova Commercial Company in 1954. Shellhorn Family Collection

Cordova Chronicles: They Called Him Hook

Kenny Van Brocklin passed away on February 3, 2018, in 1000 Palms, California.  He lived to be 91.  And enjoyed every moment of it.What...

Cordova Chronicles: Ole Evinrude’s ice cream courtship

Duck hunting season begins on Sept. 1, and the silver salmon fishing has already shifted into high gear on the Eyak River and one...

Cordova Chronicles: A royal repair

When one thinks of warm lightweight high-tech jackets, names like North Face, Eddie Bauer, and Patagonia likely come to mind.Chances are no one has...

Cordova Chronicles: In a town of many originals, Virginia was one of a kind

Virginia Nicholoff Lacy passed away on January 16, 2017. She was 93. Virginia was born and raised in Cordova, and graduated from Cordova High...
Main Street Cordova in the early 1950s. Notice the lamppost in front of the Cordova Commercial, which is the first building on the left. Photo courtesy of the Cordova Historical Society

Cordova Chronicles: Fireman’s Ball got hotter when the lights came on

Another New Year is here, ushered in with fanfare all around the world. It seems like big New York-style countdowns now span the globe;...

Cordova Chronicles: His goose was cooked

Local contractor Don Sjostedt is a student of history and greatly enjoys discovering stories regarding Cordova’s past. The other day he called from his office at Eagle...
Helmets such as this with built-in earphones are the latest innovation to enhance entrainment for skiers and snowboarders.

Cordova Chronicles: Entrainment could prove to be hazardous

One of the news reports that came from the recently completed Olympics centered on the use of music to pump up athletes, especially snowboarders...

Cordova Chronicles: A fleet of memories

Awhile back I wrote a feature about a 1932 Ford pickup that Bill Bernard had parked outside his place on Odiak Slough. The cheerful...

Cordova Chronicles: Going, going, gone!

Baseball is an American institution, and right here in Cordova, Alaska, USA, one of the first sights newcomers pass when approaching the heart of...

Cordova Chronicles: Cordova ranked Alaska’s safest city

Based on a report by the FBI, Cordova is Alaska’s safest city. Anchorage TV station KTUU announced this information on their Feb.1 statewide Evening...

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