Dubbed Alaska’s Johnny Appleseed, Charlie Anway first moved north chasing gold during the Klondike Gold Rush in 1898. He later homesteaded along the Chilkat River near Haines and started a fruit farm. He grew apples and sweet cherries and developed his own early pink-skinned potato that he named the Early Anway. 

His first crop was strawberries. Anway strawberries were huge. According to the Haines Sheldon Museum, the strawberries averaged 12-15 berries per quart and the largest berries measured seven inches in circumference. “This strawberry is without a rival in size or quality,” wrote Anway’s biographer Robert E. Henderson. Anway shipped his strawberries to Juneau and Skagway, where they could be transported north by train. Haines gained a reputation as the strawberry capital of Alaska, and overseeing it all was Anway, the strawberry king.


Alexander Deedy formerly worked as the assistant editor and digital content manager for Alaska magazine.

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