Charles L. Hermens
Former Skagway mayor and postmaster Charles L. Hermens died Nov. 5 in Everett, Wash. He was 82.
Hermens was born in Eldred, Illinois on Aug. 20, 1921.
His wife and daughter moved to Skagway in 1946 and Hermens joined them here after his release from military service in 1948. He worked for the railroad as a bridge and building foreman.
During his approximately 30 years in Skagway, Hermens also co-owned the Skagway Inn and Kellers, which his wife and partner, Virginia Rex McGlasson-Hermens, managed.
Charles Hermens was the local postmaster for many years. He was elected to a three-year term on the City Council in 1956, and served one term as mayor in 1959-60.
The Hermens moved to Washington in the late 1970s but maintained close contact with people in Skagway.
Charles Hermens was preceded in death by his wife Rex in 1989. He is survived by his daughter Sharon and son in-law Dennis Lattery of Chugiak, and granddaughter C. Denise Trutanic and husband of Anchorage. Skagway News
Former Skagway and longtime Juneau resident Gertrude Sally Karrin Polley, 94, died Nov. 16, 2003, at the Juneau Pioneers Home.
She was born Nov. 22, 1908, in Waukegan, Ill., to Emmi and Edward Waltonnen. The family moved to Ketchikan in 1913, then to Juneau in 1914. She graduated from Juneau High School in 1927 and attended Oregon State College for one year. She then worked for the Alaska Road Commission and the Land Office until her marriage to Clayton Doc Polley in 1933. They moved to Skagway and ran a dentist office here until about 1944. They raised two sons, Ernest and Roger. In 1972, Sally and Doc moved to their summer home on Lena Point where they spent their days gardening and entertaining friends.
Her public service began in Skagway with the Womens Club and the Presbyterian Church Auxiliary. After the family moved to Juneau, she became involved in the American Red Cross and other home service activities. She was a volunteer at the Juneau Health Center for eight years. She was also a Cub Scout den mother, member of Pioneers Auxiliary and active in the Republican Party.
She is survived by grandsons, Mikko (Caro) Polley and Nicholas Polley, both of Juneau; daughters-in-law, Patty Ann Polley of Sparta, N.C., and Karen Polley of Ketchikan; granddaughter-in-law, Kerry Regan of Laguna Beach, Calif.; and great-grandchildren, Myles, Liam, Madison, Kelsey and Colter.
A reception honoring her life was held at the Hangar Ballroom on her 95th birthday, Saturday, Nov. 22. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to a charity of your choice. Juneau Empire