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Marilyn Jordan George, Following the Alaskan Dream
A Local Legacy

Have you ever been on a boat? Can you imagine living on one? In 1946 Marilyn Frink Jordan George left her home in the Iowa farm country to marry a U.S. Navy veteran who became a fisherman in southeast Alaska. She and her husband lived on a fishing boat and raised four children. Marilyn Jordan George was a writer, and her decision to move to the Alaskan wilderness provided a lot of material for her to write about.

She wrote a book about their lives called Following the Alaskan Dream: My Salmon Trolling Adventures in the Last Frontier. She described the drastic change in her life -- going from a corn-fed Midwestern upbringing to the rough challenges of frontier living on a boat. Imagine how different the wide-open spaces of Iowa are from the confining space of a boat. During their early years, the four George children always wore life preservers. While Mrs. George looked after the children, her husband trolled (a kind of fishing) the coast of Alaska for salmon.

In addition to writing the book about her family life, Mrs. George had a successful journalism career writing articles for many Alaska magazines.

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