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Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012 11:58 pm | Updated: 12:06 pm, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

10 YEARS AGO

Dec. 1, 2002 — Ted and Jim Spencer embarked on a family historical quest a few years ago — just inside the gates of Fort Wainwright.

The brothers were looking for evidence of their grandfather Chester Spencer’s 140-acre homestead, staked in the late 1920s and patented in 1935.

The Spencer homestead was just one of many patented and unpatented homestead lands acquired by the military between 1937 and 1959 to carve out the 13,900-acre main Army post area known as Fort Wainwright.

25 YEARS AGO

Dec. 1, 1987 — Arguments over the use of a popular sledding hill on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus have hang gliders and sledders on a collision course.

The problem began this year when university students began showing up on the hill with hang gliders, large aluminum and nylon “wings” that use air currents to carry a person aloft. They use the hill as a launching pad.

50 YEARS AGO

Dec. 1, 1962 — When you give the cigar smoker his favorite box of cigars, you’re not gifting him just with his “smoke.”

You’re giving that, plus pleasure, relaxation and fashion correctness, too, according to the experts.

They claim the cigar these days to be the smoke he “wears” to fit position, personality and place.

75 YEARS AGO

Dec. 1, 1937 — Joe Simpson, U.S. Smelting Co. dredgeman from Cleary, is a patient in St. Joseph’s hospital today, recovering from a blow on the head.

A piece of ice, said to be “as big as a washtub,” fell off the bucket line and struck Mr. Simpson yesterday morning.

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