ONE OF the great events in Koyukuk history occurred on May 11, 1925. But I will allow Dishoo, an Eskimo girl who witnessed it, to describe the happening.
"They had wired the plane was coming in here, and we were all sitting out in front of the old store waiting for it. The fellows was mostly all down from the creeks, and they had been staying around town two weeks waiting for it. It just seemed as if they thought there wouldn't ever be another plane in here.
"Suddenly Martin jumped up like he was crazy, and he shouted: 'I see it! I see it!' We all looked the way he was pointing, but we couldn't any of us see it. After a while we saw something way down the river, looked like a mosquito hawk. Then it looked like a bird, and we told Martin it was nothing but a bird he saw. Finally it got as big as a raven and then we heard it and knew it was the plane.
"It flew over the town up toward the roadhouse, and we all ran up toward the roadhouse. Then it started to circle around, and we all ran around back of the roadhouse. Then it came back again in front, and then it flew back, and then it flew front, and then it flew back again, and we all following it. Never to lose sight of that plane for an instant was all we could think of. We ran around and around in the snow. Somebody knocked me down three times in the snow,