Ida Lane Clausen Gazebo

Scene at the dedication party potluck. Photo by Monique Musick.

The Ida Lane Clausen Gazebo is a small eight-sided gazebo on Village Road dedicated to the memory of a vivacious and talented woman. Eleanor Loback Clausen, or, as she was usually known by her stage name, Ida Lane, was a longtime resident of Ester and a formidable, talented woman. She was a professional musician, singer, and actress; an excellent gardener and cook (she co-authored a cookbook and contributed many recipes to the Cooperative Extension Service); wrote a news column about Ester for many years in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner; became a member of the Pioneers of Alaska; ran a dog grooming shop (Ida’s Clip Joint); and was a painter and folk artist, teaching and winning prizes for her tole painting.

The library dedicated the gazebo and held a party in her honor on August 1, 2010. Photos of the event are on the library’s blog.

The library has a collection of her old sheet music and a recording of her honky-tonk piano playing at the Malemute Saloon, which will form the nucleus of an Ester music archive. Her son Galen Garwood is creating a movie about her life. Anyone who has photos, recordings, documents, or other items pertaining to her life is encouraged to contact the library (info @ esterlibrary.org).

Many people helped to build the gazebo and its grounds, including Hans Mölders, Denise Akert-Mohr, Joe Geiss, Deirdre Helfferich, the Rogers family, Boy Scouts Troop 92, the Hoeflers, Frank Therrell, Eric Glos, Jill Cameron, and many others. Thank you!

Since then, the gazebo windows were vandalized, so we repaired the stained glass and raised the money to re-install them and protect them with Lexan. The first work party was held July 19, 2013. Eric Glos, Carla & Deirdre Helfferich, Connie Huffman, Hans Mölders, and Mike & Ritchie Musick removed the broken windows, cleaned up the grounds, planted flowers & weeded, and created a second access path. Further garden parties have added more perennials. Thank you, everyone!