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Marge Gull

Genevieve Marguerite (Marge) Gull was born April 30, 1912 in Brenner, Kansas to John and Minnie Medsker, one of seven children.

She refuses to answer to Genevieve, because it reminds her of Genny the mule; she goes by “Marge”.

On April 4, 1931 she married Roger Gull in Boise, Idaho. They moved to Alaska in 1938 travelling eight days on the Steamship Baranof to Seward, then two days by train to Fairbanks, stopping overnight at Curry, arriving August 2, 1938. At that time Fairbanks was a town of about 1,500 people—a frontier community with dirt streets, board sidewalks and honey buckets.

In 1940 she started curling, in 1942 there was a bonspiel with Canada in Dawson City with an International Trophy at stake; because of the war, there was no men around, so she and some other women chartered Morris King’s little airplane after raising money by having food sales, and curled for four days, sleeping only eight hours! 

She and Roger raised two girls—Patricia, born in 1946, and Janis, born in 1950.

Marge and Rogers owned an operated many businesses over the years including the first self-service laundry in Fairbanks in the late 40’s: (Gull’s Self-Service Laundry), a plumbing shop, a commercial laundry, an appliance store and the El Rancho Motel.

She would deliver laundered linens to the Parker House in Tok, leaving early in the morning and returning at night, driving a 1-ton stake-body truck called “Dirty Gertie”.

After living in Fairbanks for 38 years, she and Roger moved to Anchorage on June 1, 1976 where they owned and operated their appliance parts store, “Alaska Appliance Parts”.

One of Marge’s hobbies was oil painting. She painted pictures of all 49 roadhouses that were on the Valdez-to-Fairbanks Trail in the early1940’s; several of the pictures are still on display in the Valdez Museum.

She loved to dance and was a member of the Anchorage 35-Plus Club until her early 90’s. She always said she was going to “dance on the table” on her 100th birthday—that did not happen!

Marge owes her longevity to staying active and never taking a nap because naps make a person “old”.  Currently she lives in the Anchorage Pioneers Home and recently celebrated her 101st birthday.