SITKA — Marion Kirkham returned to Sitka last week after a 72-year absence.
The country has had 12 presidents since the days Kirkham was here as a construction worker on the Fort Rousseau Causeway.
He’s now 92, and, his daughter Marilyn Kirkham said, wanted to see the town again.
Kirkham was born in Oregon in 1922. Before joining the military during World War II he ventured up to Alaska, which led to driving dump trucks during the construction of the causeway linking the string of islands offshore from Sitka’s present-day airport.