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NEWS Capital City Weekly Below is a short history of my notorious great grandmother Emma Ansen, who was one of Alaska's pioneers. She lived her life with determination, gusto, and an inherent self-possession, and she started me on what has become an exploration of my family history. She came to Alaska on her own with only a trunk and enough money to get her started.

Emma's story: An Alaskan pioneer

Christie Canfield's great grandmother rests in the Evergreen Cemetery in Juneau. Canfield is looking for photographs of her.
Photo By Sarah Day / Capital City Weekly
Christie Canfield's great grandmother rests in the Evergreen Cemetery in Juneau. Canfield is looking for photographs of her.
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