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THE WAY WE WERE:
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CLASSMATE PROFILES
SONDA CARROLL (BRADY) HALE
Sonda

Daughter: Eshamy Hale 33

Grandchildren:
Trinity Rose Williams 10
Pharaoh Michael Williams 12

Sonda
Sonda at our 50th Reunion
From age 4, raised in Salem-Keizer area, attending several From age 4, raised in Salem-Keizer area, attending several elementary schools, then Parish Middle School and Waldo Middle School’s 1st graduating class, and finally, attended North Salem HS, graduating May 1962. Worked for Tallman Piano Stores, first part-time while attending Willamette University, and when quit school at junior level, worked full-time for Tallman’s. Also, during summers, I worked a second job as payroll clerk and personnel clerk at the cannery, Kelly Farquhar. On 9/14/68, I married a blind tuner, Virgel Hale, who I met while at Tallman’s. Then, October 8, 1971, we moved to Anchorage, Ak, and were there for 30+ years. Virgel tuned pianos from anywhere up to 1000 miles radius from Anchorage, including Northern Villages, the Aleutian Chain, Southeastern Alaska, , and the North Slope. Also, during our time in Ak, we commercial fished with a friend in Prince William Sound; we ran three different lodges: Tok Lodge, Ranch House Lodge, and Grizzly Pizza just south of Copper Center and Glennallen, where we also built a bush cabin 24’ by 32’, which was very primitive.

We had 11.5 acres, no electricity, heated by a wood stove, lit our cabin with Coleman lanterns and propane lights; and cooked with a propane stove. We designed our cabin and built it with just another couple and us with Virgel’s step-daughter as well. We had a two-hole outhouse, and we had to haul our water over 60 miles round trip, but in the winter, we would melt snow. We raised a cow or bull for subsistence meat each year, plus we subsistence fished for Copper River salmon, hunted moose, caribou, and small deer by permit in the Glennallen area. I worked at DMV in Glennallen and at the Copper Center Health Clinic, plus, did all the appointments and paperwork for Virgel’s Piano Tuning Service.

In 1991, I was medivac’d in from the Glennallen Health Clinic and was in intensive care at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. As a result of heart problems, I could not continue living at the cabin due to the fact that medical help could not get to our cabin very well. I was advised to remain in Anchorage to be near hospitals that could save my life. I had other health issues besides my heart, so for 10 years, my daughter and I lived in a Trailer, and I worked several different places as an accountant or clerical worker. My ex-husband did not want to live in Anchorage and liked living in the primitive cabin we had, so he divorced me in October 2002. I raised my daughter in Anchorage, and she still lives there at this time. She is planning to moveto Oregon when her Permanent Fund comes, so we will be closer together and able to spend time with my grandkids. I miss Alaska, but with all my health issues, the winter got very hard and quite dangerous from the ice all the time.

From age 4, raised in Salem-Keizer area, attending several From age 4, raised in Salem-Keizer area, attending several elementary schools, then Parish Middle School and Waldo Middle School’s 1st graduating class, and finally, attended North Salem HS, graduating May 1962. Worked for Tallman Piano Stores, first part-time while attending Willamette University, and when quit school at junior level, worked full-time for Tallman’s. Also, during summers, I worked a second job as payroll clerk and personnel clerk at the cannery, Kelly Farquhar. On 9/14/68, I married a blind tuner, Virgel Hale, who I met while at Tallman’s. Then, October 8, 1971, we moved to Anchorage, Ak, and were there for 30+ years. Virgel tuned pianos from anywhere up to 1000 miles radius from Anchorage, including Northern Villages, the Aleutian Chain, Southeastern Alaska, , and the North Slope. Also, during our time in Ak, we commercial fished with a friend in Prince William Sound; we ran three different lodges: Tok Lodge, Ranch House Lodge, and Grizzly Pizza just south of Copper Center and Glennallen, where we also built a bush cabin 24’ by 32’, which was very primitive. We had 11.5 acres, no electricity, heated by a wood stove, lit our cabin with Coleman lanterns and propane lights; and cooked with a propane stove. We designed our cabin and built it with just another couple and us with Virgel’s step-daughter as well. We had a two-hole outhouse, and we had to haul our water over 60 miles round trip, but in the winter, we would melt snow. We raised a cow or bull for subsistence meat each year, plus we subsistence fished for Copper River salmon, hunted moose, caribou, and small deer by permit in the Glennallen area. I worked at DMV in Glennallen and at the Copper Center Health Clinic, plus, did all the appointments and paperwork for Virgel’s Piano Tuning Service.

In 1991, I was medivac’d in from the Glennallen Health Clinic and was in intensive care at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. As a result of heart problems, I could not continue living at the cabin due to the fact that medical help could not get to our cabin very well. I was advised to remain in Anchorage to be near hospitals that could save my life. I had other health issues besides my heart, so for 10 years, my daughter and I lived in a Trailer, and I worked several different places as an accountant or clerical worker. My ex-husband did not want to live in Anchorage and liked living in the primitive cabin we had, so he divorced me in October 2002. I raised my daughter in Anchorage, and she still lives there at this time. She is planning to moveto Oregon when her Permanent Fund comes, so we will be closer together and able to spend time with my grandkids. I miss Alaska, but with all my health issues, the winter got very hard and quite dangerous from the ice all the time.

Updated 11/2012

This website is the creation of the Website Committee of North Salem High School Graduating Class of 1962
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Shirlye Munkres Sonsteby, Carol Williams Textrum, Nancy McDaniel Shultz, Kathy Pomeroy, Nancy Welty Ramsden, Ramona Kewaygeshik Sachtler, Gary Olson

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