When Logging Was Logging Now Available

The Appelo Archives Center has received its long anticipated shipment of their latest book, When Logging Was Logging, 100 years of Big Timber in SW Washington. With both historic black and white photos of early 20th century logging and modern logging shots in color, the book has been very well received by local old time loggers and their families. Bill Wuorinen, 80 year old retired logger in Naselle, said, “This book is great. I read every word and am very pleased with it.”

Covering over a century of logging activities from Nemah through the Elochoman, the book features chapters on Deep River Logging, Wirkkalas in the Woods, Gyppo Loggers, Family Camps, Old Time Loggers, Crown Zellerbach, Weyerhaeuser in Grays River, and a final chapter focused on Jerry DeBriae Logging. Martin Nygaard, an old time Oregon gyppo logger, is also  featured in the book because of his years of work in the Salmon Creek area of Naselle.

The book focuses on both photographs and stories of loggers, logging companies, and logging equipment. All are important because while photos give one image, the stories of those who lived behind the photographs are of equal value. The Center is also pleased to have been able to capture historic information from those who grew up in logging camps in the Toonerville Family Camp on upper Salmon Creek near Naselle, the Crown Family Camp at Duck Creek on the Elochoman River near Cathlamet, and the Saldern Logging Camp in Grays River at bottom of KM Hill.

Books are for sale at the Archives Center for $25 through December 15th. After that date, they will sell for $30. All of the authors including Bryan Penttila, Donna Gatens-Klint, Jim LeMonds and Karen Bertroch, will be at the Center on Saturday, November 12th from noon to 4 pm to sign books. The Center is located at 1056 State Route 4 in Naselle. Books can also be purchased on line at the Center’s web site at: www.appeloarchives.org. For more information, contact the Center at (360) 484-7103 or Karen Bertroch at (360) 749-4955. The Center regular hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 to 4 and Saturdays from 10 to 2.

2 thoughts on “When Logging Was Logging Now Available”

  1. Looking forward to reading a copy. Looks to be full of many familiar names! My Dad was Alex McCormick of Durrah, McCormick & Martin. Advanced thanks for putting this all together! pjm

  2. Thanks for the good words, PJ, but Bryan Pentilla and Karen Bertroch did most of the heavy lifting. My only contribution was the last section that features Jerry DeBriae.

    Jim LeMonds

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