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Old 07-15-2011, 10:56 PM
 
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Hello,
My grandfather Maurice Miller went to Kotzabue (spell?) with his best friend Benny Smoker in the late 70's/early 80's on a fishing vacation. Benny's son may have been the Catholic Priest in Kotzabue, but I think I remember Gramps saying he was the head priest in Alaska, but I'm just not sure anymore. Does anyone know of a Father Smoker in that area or Alaska?? Gramps and Benny ended up re wireing the catholic church in the area for most of thier time in Alaska, got a fly out salmon trip the last day before coming home to Michigan. Gramps and Benny are both gone but I've always wondered if that priest was still in AK, they were both top rate. Now that I live here I'd make the trip just to match the pic's I was shown over and over to today.
Best regards,
Ron
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Old 07-17-2011, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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Well can't tell you much of the the history there about the Priest, but here is the website there. You may be able to ask them directly and they can answer your questions.

Good Luck!

Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church Kotzebue, AK 99752
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Old 07-18-2011, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Point Hope Alaska
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Wilfred Lane is a native pastor in that church!

I noticed he isn't mentioned on the staff. He has a been a leader in that church for decades.
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Old 09-21-2011, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Kotzebue, AK
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Wilfred Lane is not mentioned on the staff of St Francis Xavier because he is not with that church. He is the pastor at the Episcopal church, St. George's in the Arctic.
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Old 09-21-2011, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Point Hope Alaska
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I have no problem ever admitting I am wrong !!

I've done it many times !!

and clearly I am wrong here.

Last edited by SityData; 09-21-2011 at 07:44 PM..
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Old 09-22-2011, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Point Hope Alaska
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Originally Posted by GermanyCongress View Post
Why are you Wrong? In Poland it's always right..
This ain't POLAND!
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