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By Finn J.D. John
Chronicle Columnist 

Offbeat Oregon History: Old-time loggers and millworkers were tough, stoic characters


April 18, 2019

Nearly everyone whose family has been in Western Oregon for more than one or two generations has an older male relative who’s missing some parts — one or more fingers perhaps, or part of a foot — as a result of an industrial accident in the woods or at the sawmill.

It was, throughout the first three-quarters of the last century, just a common risk of the job. One was constantly working with sharp, fast-moving objects — axes, circular-saw blades, and later chainsaws — designed to tear through tough material. A thumb in the wrong spot, a slip of the foot while swinging an ax, and so...

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