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Introduction and Welcome We will take a look at a short slide show listing just some of the accomplishments of Sitka’s own Bob De Armond.

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Robert Neil DeArmond was born in Sitka in 1911, the son of Robert W. DeArmond a horticulturalist at the experiment station of the U.S. Department of Agriculture; and Elizabeth Davidson DeArmond, a school teacher. Robert attended school in Sitka and at Tacoma, Washington, where he graduated from Stadium High School in 1930, and where he met his future wife, Dale. It was in high school where Robert developed his great writing and researching skills from exceptional teachers!

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Bob wrote thousands of columns and articles for The Sitka Sentinel, the Alaskan Southeaster, The Sea Chest and other publications. Many of these columns described the everyday life, people and times of Juneau, Sitka, and other locations.

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Jack Calvin and his wife shared a unique experience with Robert, in that they also navigated a small watercraft, a canoe, down the inside passage from Sitka. It must have been the day, and the age…….

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Several of Roberts many publications are on display on the stage in front, and you are welcome to page through them. Many are available at the library, or for purchase from Old Harbor or the Sitka Museum. We asked Robert to pick his top four books, and the bolded titles are favorites on Sitka!

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DeArmond moved his family to Ketchikan and he became a reporter on the Alaska Fishing News, which soon became the Ketchikan Daily News. From 1946 until 1953 he covered the biennial sessions of the Alaska Territorial Legislature for the Daily News, the Juneau Empire and several other papers.

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In 1935, in Sitka, Bob married Dale Burlison, whom he had met at Stadium High School. Dale visited Sitka, and was a rarity for a big city girl, as she took to the small town life. Bob’s mother also approved! Dale DeArmond was an exceptionally skilled and prolific artist who not only created many art works but also illustrated numerous books, collaborated with Bob on several, with Raven Town being Bob’s favorite.

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Robert spent serveral years covering the state legislature as a reporter. In 1953 Bob became administrative assistant and press secretary to Governor Frank Heintzleman, but never had to face the press with a scandal such as Troopergate! Mrs. DeArmond worked as the librarian at the Juneau Memorial Library and held that position for 29 years.

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A son, Bill, was born to Robert and Dale in 1938, and a daughter, Jane, in 1940. The family lived in Pelican for time, where in the fall of 1938 DeArmond was a member of the first crew that went from Sitka to Lisianski Inlet, Chichagof Island, to build a cold storage plant and found the town of Pelican. There DeArmond was storekeeper, bookkeeper and postmaster .

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The Bob DeArmond Alaska History Project is an undertaking of the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, and put online a wealth of Bob’s work chronicling the history of the city of Juneau.

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At two different times, while living in Sitka, Bob was elected to the City Council. In 1958, Bob co-founded the Alaska Northwest Publishing Co. and purchased The Alaska Sportsman (now Alaska Magazine) which he edited for some years.

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Lady Franklin visited Sitka on a quest to find information on her lost explorer husband, Sir John Franklin. The 1870’s were not the best of times in Sitka, and this edited journal by Sir Johns niece, is an eye opening view of our post transfer community, and one of Bob’s favorites.

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Thad Poulson, editor of the Sitka Sentenal and a 50 year friend of Bob, stated that Bob was one of the most skilled writers that Thad has ever worked with, and rarely did Thad ever change anything in the hundreds of columns Bob wrote for the paper. Thad also stated that Bob often did not consider himself a historian, but the Society and most everyone else would certainly beg to differ!

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A favorite of many Sitkans, is Robert’s Chronology of Sitka. This book, and several others, Robert donated to the Sitka Historical Society, which publishes them, and provides them for sale. Robert is not accepting Royalties, and donates these books for what we believe is his love of Sitka’s history.

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Bob served on the board of directors of the Alaska Historical Society and as a member of the Alaska Historical Commission. The awards from the Society were well earned.

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In the summer of 1931 Bob made a rowboat trip from Sitka to Tacoma, partly as an adventure, and partly to attend college. This resulted, years later, in the book, A Voyage in a Dory ." From Tacoma he went on to Eugene, Oregon, and the University of Oregon.

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Congratulations to Bob De Armond, Sitka’s very own Historian, and truly a pioneering Alaskan of the highest caliber.

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Robert De Armond Lifetime Achievement Award Sitka Historical Society

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This is Bob's high school graduation picture. He graduated from Stadium High School in Tacoma, Washington in 1930. Alaska State Library - Historical Collections PCA 01-3405.

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Two of Thousands….

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Photo by Jack Calvin--1937 This photo was taken of Bob in Sitka by Jack Calvin circa 1937. Alaska State Library - Historical Collections PCA DeArmond 2.

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Books Written, Co-Written or Edited by Robert N. De Armond * Some Names Around Juneau (place names) * The Founding of Juneau * Old Gold, Historical Vignettes of Juneau * Nine Early Visitors to Southeastern Alaska * Who's Who in Alaska Politics, with Evangeline Atwood * Lady Franklin Visits Sitka (editor) * Raven Town, with Dale DeArmond * The True Story of the Discovery of Gold on Bonanza Creek * Tales of a Klondike Newsman (editor) * Klondike Newsman, Stroller White (editor) * Southeast Alaska Names on the Chart and How They Got There * A Chronology of Sitka * From Sitka's Past * The USS SAGINAW in Alaska Waters, 1868-1869 * Baranof Island's Eastern Shore, with Patricia Roppel * Belinda Mulrooney, a Biography, with Melanie J. Mayer * Voyage in a Dory * A History of the Kettleson Memorial Library * Stroller White: Klondike Newsman

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Working for the Ketchikan Daily News--1940(circa) This photo was taken in the 1940s, on or about September 1, when the Alaska Fishing News (published three times a week) became the Ketchikan Daily News. Bob was a reporter and is holding one of the first day's run of the new paper. Alaska State Library - Historical Collections PCA 01-3706.

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Bob and Dale--1977 At their kitchen table, Juneau. Photo by Yvonne Mozee.

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At the Territorial Museum and Library--1955 This photograph was taken in the Wickersham Room of the Territorial Museum and Library on the second floor of the Capitol Building between 1953-57 when Bob was on the staff of Governor B. Frank Heintzleman. Alaska State Library - Historical Collections PCA DeArmond 1

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Son & Daughter Bill De Armond and Jane Donnelly

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Digital Bob The Bob DeArmond Alaska History Project Juneau Douglas City Museum Online

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President of the Pioneers of Alaska--1960 This photo was taken when Bob became Grand President of the Pioneers of Alaska in the 1960s. Alaska State Library-Historical Collections PCA 01-3706.

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Lady Franklin Visits Sitka

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Tales of a Klondike Newsman--1969 Bob autographs his first Stroller White Book, Tales of a Klondike Newsman, published in Vancouver, B.C. in 1969. It was a hard cover book with a dust jacket. Alaska State Library - Historical Collections PCA 01-3674.

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Alaska Historical Society Awards 1974 Historian of the Year 1990, 1999 Evangeline Atwood Award of Excellence 2006 Pathfinder to you for “Digital Bob” 1969 “Beaver Log” President’s Award 1985 Special Award

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Preserving Sitka's History Lifetime Achievement Award City Proclamation Legislative Citation Robert N. De Armond

Summary: A slideshow by the Sitka Historical Society in 2009, honoring Bob DeArmond.

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