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TAKU: Four Amazing Individuals—Four Incredible Life Stories, And the Alaskan Wilderness Lodge That Brought Them Together

The Story of Dr. Harry Carlos DeVighne, Leigh Hackley “Hack” Smith, Erie Smith, and Mary Joyce

Q: What do these people have in common?

• A homeless orphan who became the Alaska Territory’s Commissioner of Health

• A spoiled millionaire playboy who distinguished himself on the battlefields of World War I and twice received France’s highest military honor, the Croix de Guerre

• An indentured servant who one day traveled to Alaska aboard her own private yacht

• A spunky surgical nurse who took a 1,000-mile dogsled journey in the winter of 1935

A: Each were early owners of Alaska’s Taku Lodge. And this is their story.

Hard Cover, 208 Pages with black and white photos, $24.95

To order – please call (205) 250-9006 or email willpubl@aol.com

Karen Bell, a native Alabamian is a financial services representative. Janet Shelfer, a native Floridian, is an audiologist. This is the first book for both

Karen Bell and Janet Shelfer promoting TAKU in Alaska at a book signing at the beginning of the Iditarod


Mary Gantt of Will Publishing, Holly Bierkortte, Director of Marketing and Tours, Wings Airways (the airline that flies guest to Taku Lodge), and the authors at Wings Airways in Juneau

Edgar W. Welden, Founder__|__Karen Pierce, Consultant__|__willpubl@aol.com


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