Herman Papke was a very well known character in Petersburg history. My friend and neighbor Jack O'Donnell wrote a book of hilarious stories, and not only is the first one about Papke, but Papke's picture is on the cover. I've even seen some really old movie footage of Papke. He came to Alaska on a USGS survey ship in 1907. He stayed, and moved into an old tiny little shack of a cabin south of town about 11 miles (at what is now called Papke's Landing). It was a very small cabin, supposedly large enough just for Papke's bed and a stove! He lived there for 50 years.
One of the things that made him so famous in town was that when he got a telephone, he would telephone into town to let everyone know when the steamer ship was making it's way up the narrow passage towards Petersburg. There's also a REALLY funny story about the most horrible cure for hemmorhoids that Papke tried once, involving a beer bottle and an embarassing trip into town to the hospital on the back of a flatbed truck.
Jack died a few years ago, but I know if you google the book title you can get it on line. Alaska Panhandle Tales.
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