Ruth Jasper Children’s Room

Ruth Jasper, Ester’s postmaster for more than thirty years, was a beloved fixture in the village of Ester until her passing. She is remembered for her purple cow collection and by the many village children she nurtured. In her honor, the John Trigg Ester Library’s children’s area is dedicated in her memory. Donations to the Ruth Jasper Fund (see below) will be used for the children’s collection and in the new building to create an area dedicated to children’s literacy. The first home of the Ruth Jasper Children’s Room is in the Ansgar & Ida Clausen Cabin, into which the JTEL expanded in late summer 2013 We have been upgrading the cabin and converting it into a library and office space.

About Ruth Jasper

Ruth was a well-respected Ester denizen who lived in the village for 40 years, serving as Ester’s postmaster for better than thirty years. She started Ester’s longstanding book exchange shelf at the post office while the post office was still in her home; the current post office keeps the tradition going. Ruth passed away in early 2012, and the library is honored to remember her and her many contributions to the village and its children by commemorating the library’s children’s section in her name.

Ruth Jasper Fund

Ruth’s family has asked that donations be made to the library in her memory. When our new library is complete, donors will be recognized in the children’s room.

Donations may be sent to:

  • John Trigg Ester Library, PO Box 468, Ester, AK 99725
  • Please indicate that the donation is for the Ruth Jasper Fund.
  • The John Trigg Ester Library is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization; donations may be tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Donations in Memory of Ruth Jasper

  • Sharon Ault
  • Maggie Billington
  • Ray & Jill Cameron
  • George Earp
  • Hilary Freeman
  • E.L. Hoffman
  • Bobbi & George Lounsbury
  • Mike & Ritchie Musick
  • Karen Parr
  • Pauline Robinson
  • Ann Ruppert
  • Kay Sisson
  • Bill Swift
  • Waleska Town
  • Jane Trainor