Gillam estate auction held in Fairbanks

Posted: Monday, July 30, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Dennis Boyce spent $3,100 on the skeletal remains of a 1947 Aeronica Chief two-seater airplane at the estate auction of former city leader Harold Gillam.

The Aeronica was one of the many pieces of memorabilia auctioned Saturday that belonged to the former mayor who died in 1999, and his wife, Janet, who died last October.

By the auction's end hundreds of people carried out mining equipment, boxes of china, beadwork, historical documents, furniture, books and art representing more than 60 years of Fairbanks life.

The Aeronica was the largest item and brought in the highest bid. Harold Gillam used the plane for hunting in the 1970s, said daughter Denise Gillam.

Harold Gillam Sr., raised his family at the Second Avenue home. He came to Alaska as a miner and later became an aviation pioneer.

In 1957 Denise Gillam's father, mother and older brother moved into the house and it became her family home.

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