Naming of Badger Road Elementary

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    “Why do we still have an elementary school named after a pedophile?” That was the question posed to me by a number of people as I campaigned for the school board in 2014. Dubious, I began to research Badger Road Elementary’s namesake, Harry Badger. In fact, this year marks the 100th anniversary of Harry Badger’s conviction for raping a 10 year old Fairbanks girl. Judge Charles Bunnell convicted him of three counts of sexual assault on a child, specifically for raping V.S. when he was 46 and she was 10.

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Archival News Articles

  • Strawberries are Ripening: Two Men Pick Lard Pail Full Easily (July 7, 1906)

    H.J. Badger and Adney Darling are to be awarded the cake. They have earned it. It will be a strawberry shortcake and the berries used will be some they picked Thursday afternoon.

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  • Badger Guilty of Assault on Little Child (March 6, 1916)

    Harry M. Badger, against whom an indictment charging assault on the person of a little ten-year-old girl, was returned by the grand jury on February 25, pleaded guilty to all three counts contained in the indictment in district court last Wednesday afternoon. The entering of the guilty plea came as a surprise to Fairbanksans generally, and the occassion of the pleading was the most dramatic incident seen during the present term of court. Judge Bunnell has fixed the time of the sentence for next Saturday morning at 10 o'clock.

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  • Badger is Sentenced by Bunnell (March 11, 1916)

    When court convened this morning the room was well filled with curious spectators; all on hand to hear the sentences pronounced upon four men who stood convicted of infractions of the law. Among the defendents up for sentence was Harry M. Badger, who pleaded guilty to an indictment, with three counts, each one charging assault upon a 10-year-old girl. The judgement of the court was that he should pay fines to the extent of $750 and should serve six months in the federal jail, the last named penalty to commence after he had either paid the fines or served out the sentences at the rate of $2 per day.

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  • Crime and Punishment (March 27, 1916)

    Two weeks ago last Saturday was sentence day in the district court, at which time sentence was passed upon four prisoners who had been judged guilty either by a jury of their peers or pleas of guilty by the accused themselves. This article is intended to deal with only two of the sentences in an attempt to show the inequality of them.

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  • Strawberry King Busy (July 3, 1943)

    "Strawberries are early this year -- earlier here than ever before," said Harry Badger, who on his farm, several miles from town has three acres in vines and who yesterday marketed three crates, first of the season.

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  • First Five Thousand in Gold is Easy (1958)

    Harry Badger, now 89 but still a tall, straight man, has the large, gnarled hands of a farmer and during his long life those hands have caressed and wrestled the soil for sustenance. "I'm a farmer," Harry says simply. "I have been all my life and I like to farm."

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  • Badger Remembers Custer, Early Days in Local Camp (January 5, 1960)

    A man who remembers the Custer massacre and who was town recorder when the city of Fairbanks was being born, today is in St. Joseph's Hospital for a checkup. Harry Badger - 90-year-old pioneer - is still in good condition and still spry. His doctor says he should be back at his homestead at Mile 12, Badger Road, within a few days.

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  • Harry Badger, 91 (November 19, 1960)

    Pioneer Harry Badger, for whom Badger Rd. is named, reached 91 years of age yesterday. Badger was born 91 years ago in Wyoming, Minn. He came to Alaska and the Klondike in 1900 and to Fairbanks in 1903 where he went out to Fairbanks Creek to see how things were going.

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  • Pioneer Harry Badger Dies at 96 in Sitka (October 14, 1965)

    Harry Badger, a pioneer Alaskan who was born just two years after the United States purchased Alaska form Russia, died Monday in the Pioneers Home in Sitka. He was born Nov. 19, 1869 in Wyoming, Mont. (called Sunrise then) near the spot where Gen. George A. Custer and his 276 soldiers were killed in June, 1876. In 1960 the pioneer Alaskan recalled the Indian massacre when the women and children in the area moved to St. Paul, Minn. until the uprising cooled off.

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