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Woman Answers Ad, She’s Now in the Alaska Bush

November 9, 1985

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) _ A woman who answered an ad for a mail-order bride says she’s ready to haul water from an ice-covered creek and take on all the other chores of living in the Alaska bush.

Jill Bandock, 22, of Olympia, Wash., arrived Thursday at Anchorage International Airport to the waiting arms of Tom Williams, 40, who last month advertised for brides for himself and about a half dozen of his workers who had complained about the lack of women.

Williams is building a replica of an 1800s mining camp at Paystreke, a remote site about 90 miles south of Anchorage.

Bandock was one of the 600 women who answered the ad, and she and Williams met for the first time Thursday.

″I’m satisfied,″ Williams said after meeting her.

″He’s going to have to drag me back to the airport if he wants me to leave,″ Bandock said.

Williams said the couple had made no wedding plans and wanted to take time to get to know each other. The couple was in Paystreke on Friday.

Bandock said she was more than ready for the hardships of the Alaska bush, and will haul water and pound nails along with the rest of the crew.

Williams’ crewmen are sifting through stacks of letters from other women, searching for the perfect mate. So far, a half dozen women from the lower 48 states have visited Paystreke, but none has stayed.

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