Offbeat loggers column got me thinking


April 25, 2019

Dear Editor,

Finn J.D John’s column on old-time loggers and millworkers in the April 18 edition of The Creswell Chronicle sent my mind spinning with memories of early Northwest Scandinavian workers. Most rural Scandinavians from below the Arctic Circle spent winters logging with axes, crosscut saws, and hardwood wedges —  usually no more than an hour’s ski or sled trip from home.

They were highly-skilled loggers and wood workers. My grandfather came to Seattle from Western Norway in 1908 and began working east of Seattle, cutting down massive old growth cedar from spring boards, w...

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