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Local fisherman celebrates 100th birthday


January 5, 2017

Dan Rudy/ Wrangell Sentinel

Retired fisherman Lawrence Bahovec enjoys an afternoon at home with dogs Sir James, and at back, little Lavender. Perhaps Wrangell's longest resident, the former seiner celebrated his 100th birthday on Wednesday.

A lifelong Wrangell resident, Lawrence Bahovec, just celebrated his 100th birthday this week.

Asked how he felt about reaching the milestone, he joked: "It makes me feel old."

He was born in Chicago on January 4, 1917. Alaska and Hawaii both were still territories at the time, the United States had not yet joined into the fighting alongside the Allied Powers during the Great War, and Wrangell was still very much a frontier town on the nation's periphery.

At a very young age, Bahovec was brought back to Alaska to live in Wrangell with his mother and three sisters.

"Oh my gosh, when we first...

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