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John Schnabel: Old time logger


I was born in 1920 in New Almeno Kansas. We left there when I was 3 years old and moved to the west coast. I grew up in Klamath Falls Oregon. It was 1937 when my father, Frank Schnabel, returned from Alaska where he had sought work during the Great Depression in 1931. I was a senior at Klamath Falls High School in Oregon. He told me and my brothers about an old burned out sawmill boiler, engine and carriage that could be bought for five hundred dollars and thought that this could be an opportunity to lift ourselves out of the manual laboring class. I had no idea of the sweat, blood, tears and conflict that lie ahead.

I graduated in 1938 and went to work for Weyerhaueser Timber Company to...

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