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The Yule Kilcher cabin on his homestead on East End Road in Homer Alaska..Born in Switzerland in 1913, Yule left his homeland in the mid-1930s to explore the Alaska territory, with the idea of emigrating along with a few like-minded people. Then, according to legend, he returned here in 1940, catching a ride on a freighter to Seward, then walking over the Harding Ice Field to Homer where he had heard there was land to be homesteaded. .And homestead he did, subsequently buying additional land to increase his holdings. The Kilcher Homestead is a 613-acre private property, being held in a family trust and is also protected under a conservation easement via Kachemak Heritage Land Trust. Several of the eight second generation and 23 third generation Kilchers have settled on this land in homes overlooking the panorama of Kachemak Bay and the mountains beyond. .Becoming a U.S. citizen in 1940, Kilcher was a delegate to Alaska's pre-statehood convention in 1955-56 and served in the state Senate from 1963 to 1967. He and Ruth Weber, also from Switzerland, married in 1941..Ruth and Yule and their eight children lived in the small log cabin for years without the benefit of running water or electricity. It has been restored to its original state, including the sod roof. .Many early day residents, including the Kilchers, heated their homes and cooked with coal, conveniently deposited on the beaches from the veins jutting from the bluffs along the bay...Yule F. Kilcher Birth: .Mar. 9, 1913, Switzerland.Death: .Dec. 8, 1998 Homer Kenai Peninsula Borough Alaska, USA..Yule F. Kilcher and Ruth Helen Weber were the parents of eight children: Mairiis, Wurtilla, Fay, Atz, Sunrise, Otto, Stellavera and Catkin..In 1955-56, Yule Kilcher was a delegate to the Alaska pre-statehood Constitutional Convention, and later served in the the Alaska State Senate 1963-67..
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