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About The Mill City enterprise. (Mill City, Or.) 1949-1998 | View Entire Issue (Nov. 22, 1951)
November 22, 1951
I—THE MILL CITY ENTERPRISE
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By JAMES STEVENS
“I Like the Work. . ."
The other day a government car
stopped on the road up in the brush
above my boom-pond shack and three
men came skidding down the gravelly
trail. The leader was a soft-spoken
lad named Berg, the others were older,
they had that look of old Europe, and
spoke with no Western twang.
They crowded into my shack, shook
off the mist around the long stove,
sniffed the coffee that was just com
ing to a boil in the gallon granite pot,
, and pretty soon were sampling it as
i they sat around on the bridge-plank
Well, and what -were they but a
I bunch from the State Department
whose business was to produce radio
! programs for the folks in Germany,
! on the everyday life of America—in
1 this case, on lumbering in the Doug
las fir country.
“German people see Hollywood
movies, they hear Communist propa
ganda,” I was told. “Each medium
gives them ideas about America that
are phoney. Now wre are recording
the real life of our land in the way
that people at work live it and tell it.
What would you say first in telling
Germany about your life in the Amer
ican lumber business?”
“I like the work,” I said, after due
meditation. “That’s the first thing.”
Fascinating Lumber. . .
This simple notion was on my mind
because I’d spent most of the morning
reading the new, revised and down-to-
date edition of Stanley F. Horn’s
standard work, “This Fascinating
Lumber Business,” instead of pound
ing the Oliver Visible to write a story.
Both the 1943 edition and the new
job were on the fir slab bookshelf a-
bove the dock planks and horses that
serve me for a writing desk, The
earlier cover picture showed two men
in the pine country, pulling in the
age-old way on a crosscut saw—a
“misery whip”—to drop a tree by
strong-arm labor. The new one
showed a twin scene, but now the
| timber fallers had a power saw and
I were leaving a very low stump and
"More wood for the money, less
labor for the wages, reduced leftovers
in the logging slash, ” I said. “There
are a thousand other points of pro
gress, that had not been reached, at
least in a big way, by 1943, the new
Horn book demonstrates.”
In text and pictures I was able to
point up more items of the kind all the
Lumber Business.” And wound up by
suggesting that the State Depart
ment could do a lot worse, and pro
bably had, than to get up a translation
of the new Horn book for the Ger
All hands agreed it would be a good
But then, in his kind and
gentle way, Mr. Berg said. “Why
don’t you speak for yourself?”
“Look, let's keep Paul Bunyan out
of this,” I said.
A Prime Idea. . .
After a while I draped a tarp over
the 1909 Model Oliver and we went
back un the trail, all four, to the car
and then drove to Molly Hogan's
where the radio engineer of the outfit
could plug in and record my gab on
tape. I answered questions and
orated about the lumber business as
I’d known it since my first woods job
in 1904. Then the trio wheeled away
for a fishing-boat deal and another
on apple growing over in the Yakima
Now there were three able, edu
cated, earnest and enthusiastic young
men who were putting in at least 60
| hours a week on a really tough assign-
I ment from the U. S. State Depart-
ment, and one that should bring the
real Americans and the real Germans
a little bit closer.
.It is a prime idea, a good try, at
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Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Wyrick and baby
daughter of Bakersfield, Calif., are
visiting at the home of Mrs. W yrick’s
parents, Mr. and" Mrs. Louis Verbeck.
While here Mr. Wyrick was the spe
cial speaker at a Thanksgiving service
at the Christian church Wednesday
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Mason and
family and Mrs. Gertrude Mason of
Harrisburg spent Sunday at the home
of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Kelly.
Mr. and Mrs. Delmar W. Thompson
of Hoopa, Calif., are here visiting
with Mrs. Thompson's parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Frank Jackson. The Jack-
son’s other daughter and family, Mr.
and Mrs. Walter Lorenzen and two
daughters of Seattle are expected to
arrive in time for Thanksgiving din
ner at the Jackson home.
DANCE — Old-Time at Forester
hall in Stayton. Saturday, Nov. 24—
Old-Time music. Admission 50c, spon
sored at American Legion.
Mr. and Mrs. Lee Bassett and fam
ily are spending Thanksgiving day
with Mrs. Bassett’s parents Mr. and
Mrs. R. C. Shepard of Salem.
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Hinz and daugh
ter Judy will spend Thanksgiving in
Salem at the home of Mrs. Hinz’ sis
ter. The Hinzes are the owners of
the Hinz coffee shop.
Mrs. Herbert Schroeder Wednesday
left for a visit at Walport with her
brother and family.
Ione Tickle, Esta Carpenter, Pat
Lemke, Gertrude Barton, and Shirley
Laird were Salem visitors Tuesday
evening, where they took part in their
bowling league play.
plans to visit the Star annual bowl
ing tournament in Seattle, where she
will enter as a participant. Shirley’s
friends expect great things after the
showing she made last week in Salem.
The Walter Petersons had as their
guests for Thanksgiving dinner their
son, Ramon, from Oregon State col
lege and the Chas. Dahlens of Canby.
Ramon was returned by his father
and brother, Gary to Corvallis, Thurs
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A SON—To Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd
Comstock. Mill City, November 20, at
Salem Memorial hospital.
TOR ME ! *
a Dull Moment
“At the Bottom of the Hill"
MILL CITY TAVERN
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