Anchorage Russian Jack

Did you know that Russian Jack Elementary school and the Russian Jack area of Anchorage are all named after a notorious bootlegger?

His name was Jacob Marunenko. He also went by “Jack Marchin”, “John Marchin”, “M Marchin” and “Jake Marchin”… But “Russian Jack” was his nickname.

He was born in Parievka in the Ukraine near Kiev. Sometime around 1912 to 1915 he immigrated and ended up in Halifax, Canada where he listed his residence as Princeton, British Columbia and his occupation as a…

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