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FRANCIS E. QUEEVER (1912-1991). World War II Photographs; 1942-1944. .35 cu. ft.

Frances E. Queever was born in Michigan in 1912. He grew up in Marinette, Wisconsin, and enlisted in the U. S. Army at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on May 7, 1942. From 1943 to 1945, Queever served in the Headquarters Company of the Alaska Defense Command at Fort Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska. During his service in Alaska, he took many professional quality photographs of his fellow soldiers, Fort Richardson, Mount McKinley National Park, and other Alaska scenery. Francis Queever died in Marinette, Wisconsin, in 1991.

The collection consists of the World War II era photographs of Alaska Defense Command soldier Francis E. Queever. The collection contains 423 black and white prints, the majority of which are dated. Subjects of the photographs include: Francis Queever and fellow soldiers and local civilians; Fort Richardson (barracks, mess hall, rifle range, etc.); Anchorage (Downtown, Mountain View); Ship Creek; Mount McKinley National Park; Elmendorf Field; Wasilla; Palmer; Cottonwood Creek; Eklutna Village; Green Lake; Knik River; and Finger Lake.

The collection was acquired by the archives in 2006.

HMC-0878
JAS (6/2006)

Folder list:

1. Rocky coastline, islands, mountains, lake, and tent camp; May 1943 (30 prints, 4 X 5 inch).
-Soldier at tent camp (1 print).
-Sgt. James Stanton standing next to road sign (1 print).

2. Mount McKinley National Park and Downtown Anchorage; July 1943 (13 prints).
-McKinley Park Station (1 print).
-McKinley Park Hotel (1 print).
-Horse Shoe Lake (2 prints).
-River rapids (2 prints).
-Road (2 prints).
-Wonder Lake (1 print).
-Downtown Anchorage (3 prints).

3. Miscellaneous dated prints; 1942, 1943 (8 prints, 4 X 5 inch).
-Coastline view from the rail of the USAT Chirikof; July 1942.
-Danny and Jeff (soldier and dog); Feb. 1943 (1 print).
-Mountain cabin covered in snow; Feb. 1943 (1 print).
-Native man in doorway; April 1943 (1 print).
-Lake and road scene taken from hillside; Aug. 1943 (1 print).
-Buildings at Independence Mine; Aug. 1943 (1 print).
-Steamship Major James S. Clarke at sea; 1943 (2 prints).

4. Unidentified portraits of soldiers at Fort Richardson; ca. 1943 (20 prints, 4 X 5 inch).

5. Soldiers on fishing and camping trip and mountain scenery; ca. 1943 (60 prints, 4 X 5 inch).

6. Portraits of soldiers; Dec. 1943, Jan. 28, 1944 (8 prints, 3.25 X 4.5 inch).
-Francis Queever (2 different).
-Danny Espinoza from California (2 prints).
-Harold Sieth from Marinette, Wisconsin (2 prints).
-John Dozier from Kentucky (cook, 2 prints).

7. Soldiers at Fort Richardson, Anchorage, and lake; May-July 1944 (18 prints, 4 X 5 inch).
Soldiers identified: Alvin Blasingame, Charles White, Mike Osmonovich, Francis Queever, Louis Sapelli, Walter Bock, James Demaree, and Virgil Hilton (7 prints).
-Buildings at Fort Richardson (6 prints).
-Ship Creek (2 prints).
-Gravel street in Anchorage.
-Lake shore (2 prints).

8. T. J. Alex and little girl, Mountain View Store, and Anchorage road; May 20, 1944 (11 prints, 4 X 5 inch).
-Sergeant T. J. Alex and little girl with puppy (2 different).
-Front of Mountain View Store and East Anchorage Post Office (2 different).
-Dirt road (6 prints).
-Pond scene.

9. Soldiers at Fort Richardson and Elmendorf Field; June 9, 1944 (5 prints, 4 X 5 inch).
Soldiers identified: Harold Sieth, Louis Sapelli, Leonard Cantrell, Chum Nelson, Charles White, and Ray Junion.
-Elmendorf Field (2 prints).

10. Construction at Fort Richardson, Elmendorf Field, and dogs; June 10, 1944 (17 prints, 4 X 5 inch).
-Wade Harlan, Major Kidder, and Louis Sapelli at construction site of building on fort (1 print).
-Construction scenes at Fort Richardson (2 prints).
-Dogs Queen and Jack (7 prints).
-Scenes at Elmendorf Field (6 prints).

11. Ship Creek, lake, bog, and road; June 17, 1944 (28 prints, 4 X 5 inch).
Ship Creek (7 prints).

12. Photographer's Picnic in Wasilla, Cottonwood Creek, and Eklutna Village; June 18, 1944 (32 prints, 4 X 5 inch).
Soldiers identified: Grainey, Captain Copper, Vincent Wallace, and Harold Sieth.
-Photographers at picnic (2 prints).
-Little girl with doll at Wasilla (2 prints).
-Locomotives at train station (3 prints).
-Church at Eklutna (2 prints).
-Cemetery at Eklutna (2 prints).
-Cottonwood Creek (16 prints).

13. Soldiers' portraits and dogs; June 20, 1944 (18 prints, 4 X 5 inch).
Soldiers identified: Edward Whitehurst, Ed Cox, Dutch Albrecht, Brad Coffey, James Demaree, Roy Burns, and Louis Sapelli (8 prints).
-Dogs Queen and puppy at Fort Richardson (10 prints).

14. Green Lake, country roads, and scenery; June 21, 1944 (14 prints, 4 X 5 inch).
-Green Lake (6 prints).
-Road scenes (5 prints).

15. Palmer, fish camp, Fire Lake, Knik River, Knik Glacier, and Knik Arm; June 29, 1944 (39 prints, 4 X 5 inch).
-Soldiers Edwin Springate and Jim Pickens at Palmer (4 prints).
-Children James and Bonita Neely (1 print).
-Palmer area scenery (6 prints).
-Fish camp (3 prints).
-Fire Lake (2 prints).
-Knik River, Knik Arm, and Knik Glacier (19 prints).

16. Soldiers, baseball game, railroad bed, and creek; July 7, 1944 (21 prints, 4 X 5 inch).
-Francis Queever (1 print).
-Walter Bock (2 prints).
-Baseball game at Fort Richardson (1 print).
-Railroad bed (2 prints).
-Creek (7 prints).

17. Road, lake, and tundra; July 17, 1944 (14 prints).
-John Charles Stenberg with camera (1 print).
-Road (3 prints).
-Lake (5 prints).
-Tundra (6 prints).

18. Soldiers' portraits; July 20, 1944 (7 prints, 4 X 5 inch).
Soldiers identified: Francis Queever, Art Comarsh, Elmer Schmidt, Luther Ivanoff, and T. J. Aley.

19. Soldiers fishing at Finger Lake; July 23, 1944 (57 prints, 4 X 5 inch).
-Group photograph of soldiers on truck: Sgt. James West, Pvt. Leonard Cantrell, Pfc. James Demaree, Sgt. Art Comarsh, Pvt. Swede Stenberg, Sgt. Charles Cassidy, Sgt. Merwin Laylin, Pvt. Virgil Hilton, Pfc. Walter Bock, Pvt. Ernest Ballek, and Lt. Duff (1 print).
-Finger Lake scenery (33 prints).
-Eagle River; July 22, 1944 (1 print).

20. Green Lake outing; July 27, 1944 (23 prints, 4 X 5 inch).
Soldiers identified: Walter Bock and Virgil Hilton (6 prints).
-Camera on ground (1 print).
-Green Lake scenery (4 prints).

21. Mountain View in Anchorage and scenery; July 28, 1944 (4 prints, 4 X 5 inch).
-James Demaree inside general store (1 print).
-Children at Mountain View (1 print).

22. Soldiers' portraits; Aug. 5, 9, 1944 (23 prints, 4 X 5 inch).
-Lloyd Aubuchon (11 prints).
-Louis Sapelli (3 prints).
-Fred Ferris (1 print).
-Charles Knight (1 print).
- Tom. J. Alex (4 prints).
-Lucky Branham (1 print).
-Billy Johnson (1 print).
-James Demaree (1 print).
-Swede Stenberg (1 print).

23. Soldiers at Fort Richardson and scenery; Sep. 2, 1944 (16 prints, 4 X 5 inch).
Soldiers identified: Romeo Barrera, John Farmer, Swede Stenberg, Portis, Benny Fodemski, and James West (7 prints).

24. Mess hall and group photographs; Sep. 4, 1944 (10 prints, 4 X 5 inch).
Soldiers identified: Art Comarsh, Rudy Cavallaro, Carl Swanson, Lindsey, Dutch Albrecht, Al Roberts, Edward Whitehurst, Lester Huffman, Louis Sapelli, Demerrit, Feld Heim, Virgil Hilton, and T. J. Alex.
-USO Girls and cake (1 print).

25. Soldiers eating at rifle range and in officers' mess; Sep. 16, 1944 (17 prints, 4 X 5 inch).
Soldiers identified: Cubby Culbertson, Rudy Cavallaro, Paul Rayburn, Walter Bock, James West, Louis Sapelli, Frank Hagenbrusi, Erval Cox, Ray Murray, Lester Huffman, and Harry Cooper.

26. Ruins of mess hall after fire; Sep. 18, 1944 (3 prints).
-Francis Queever (1 print).

27. Small format snapshots of friends, etc.; 1942-1944 (14 prints: 9-2.5 X 3.5 inch, 2-3 X 4.25 inch, 1-2.75 X 4.5 inch, 2-3.25 X 4.5 inch).
-Mess hall after fire; Sep. 18, 1944 (1 print).
-Alvin Hill in cabbage patch; Aug. 1943 (1 print).
-Robert Peterson using wash basin; Aug. 1944 (1 print).
-Emily and sailor at Corpus Christi, Texas; 1944 (2 prints).

28. Portraits of Wade Harlan "Top Kick" with automobile; n.d. (2 prints, 3.75 X 5.75 inch).

29. Tinted photographs; 1943 (9 prints, 4 X 5 inch, red, green and blue toned).
-Volcanoes (4 prints).
-Mountain and lake scene (2 prints).
-Lake scene (1 print).
-River scene (1 print).
-Francis Queever with squash racket (1 print).