Joe Redington

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Joe Redington, Senior (February 1, 1917 – June 12, 1999) was an America dog musher and kennel owner, who is best known as the "Father of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race", which runs 1,049 milesยน across the U.S. state of Alaska.

Early life

Redington was born in Kingfisher, Oklahoma on February 1, 1917 and lived there until he was six years old. His mother left him shortly after his birth, and he grew up with his father and his brothers James and Ray. Joe Redington's father was a laborer who worked was a rancher, on the oil fields, and even traveled with Irish Gypsies for two years. Because of this, Joe went to school in many different places. He attended school in Spearman, Texas, Fairberry, Nebraska, Aurora, South Dakota, and Geary, Oklahoma. After living in Jersey City, New Jersey for one year, they settled on a farm in Kintnersville, Pennsylvania in 1930.

In 1940, Redington enlisted in the United States Army, and joined the 6th Field Artillery at Fort Hoyle, Maryland. He was later transferred to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, where he became part of the infantry, and was trained in the Field Artillery Jump School. He was assigned to the Pacific Theatre during World War II, and was part of the Special Assault Troops. He was discharged from Fort Dix, New Jersey after the war and returned to Pennsylvania.


In 1948, Redington moved to Knik River, Alaska, where he filed a Homestead Act claim along the Iditarod Trail in Knik, and started the Knik Kennels....
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