Irina was the daughter of the Indian Princess that Alexander Baranof had married. She married a young Russian Navy Lieutenant who had been stationed in Alaska.. Only four days after their wedding, a man named Hagemeister replaced her father as chief manager.
In October Hagemeister fell ill. He appointed her husband, Yanovksii, as acting chief manager. Hagemeister returned to Russia to recuperate but Hagemeister never returned. Irina and her husband took over where her Mother and Father had left off continuing the family legacy in Alaska.
As managers of the new Russian frontier they controlled all of the furring and settling of Alaska. They worked to establish law and order as well as a church. They had several priests brought over from Russia to instruct the Natives in Russian-catholicism. At times Irina would have to take over command of the outpost while her husband went on various excursions. She was a born leader and a wonderful wife and as such an invaluable part of her husbands command.
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