When people asked me what I did for a living I used to tell them I was a fireman for the Forest Service and in the off-season I taught school. But of course, teaching was my profession, and I did enjoy it. In 1997 I retired after almost 30 years in the classroom, most of it at Pleasant Hill, one of the finest public schools in Oregon. Pleasant Hill is a abedroom communitya ten miles from Eugene, Oregon. But the typical residence is three acres and a horse. Beginning when I was in the eighth grade my plan was to be a aforest ranger.a I studied and worked toward that goal. But when it came time for college I could not afford to go away to OSU and a good Forestry program. I lived at home and finally gravitated toward math education. However I worked for the Forest Service summers beginning in 1958. My first summer was part of a aroad crewa on the Mount Hood. Then I worked on a survey crew in the Applegate District of the Rogue River National Forest. I gotsome fire experience there and then spent 15 years at Imnaha Guard Station in the Butte Falls District. My wife and I raised four wonderful boys. Each worked for the Forest Service for a time and all have super families of their own now. I have six grandchildren, plus two little boys who lived with me 24/7 for the fi rst four years of their life. My last ten years or so were spent on the Willamette. I was an Arial Observer for two or three years and then moved into the centralized dispatch center in Eugene. This is my first attempt at writing. Maybe it wonat be my last.In the process I removed about a square of Sugar Pine shakes which formed the west wall of the barn, as they were badly damaged. The next summer after completing the frame repair I split 30a non-taper shakes as Waldo Nye had taught meanbsp;...
|Title||:||Fifteen Years at Imnaha Guard Station|
|Publisher||:||Xlibris Corporation - 2005-05-19|