Skinner celebrates 100 years

Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Former Juneau resident Pauline Skinner celebrated her 100th birthday with a surprise party on Feb.3 in Portland, Ore.

Pauline and her late husband, Art Skinner, lived in Juneau for than 50 years. In 1949, they opened Skinners Gun Shop in Juneau. Over the next 35 years, the business expanded to a sporting goods shop, hardware store, flower shop and motel enterprise. They operated their business from the downtown Skinner Building, Juneau's oldest building before it burned down in August 2004.

Pauline and Art lived on 11th Street with her daughter, Mary Whitaker, who graduated in 1951 from Juneau High School. In their yard stood a large cherry tree that gave them a substantial crop that they shared with their neighbors.

The couple often took their boat, "The Forty-Niner," to Tracy Arm. They enjoyed spending winters at their home in Arizona.

In 2000, Pauline left Juneau and moved to Oregon to be closer to her family where she spends time with her four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

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