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---__&apos;23' 1963 SHELTON--MASON COUNTY JOURNAL--Published in "Chrismastown, U.S.A.", Shelton, Washington , PAGE 9 ,oagers Of Mason ( "Pat" Moran, 86, .arier in a cook- + taint time he was 'flUnky,, for Ellis he went to work County Logging 'lYed by Jo:or. served as . Fie also woned a hooktender. for George t "brakey" but for Joe two brothers for- lros. Co. in 1906 the he retired was still 0 WOrked for sere- for varying employed ," Co. from Bay, and at in "Old ot like it Used to % 'the loggmg me,niques have BEN BOOTH A hero of the 19(12 fire is pioneer logger Ben Booth, 90, who first discovered one of the many fires and blew the whistle to alert eve- ryone. Oldtimers say during this fire one could not tell night from day because the smoke was so thick. The fire was in early Sep- tember when Ben was working for George Grisdale at Simpson's Camp 5 on the road donkey. Booth was born in Wisconsin on the Potomac River on September 3, 1873. He had an uncle at Mat- lock and came to Mason County alone in the fall of 1897. He mar- tied Bossy Ford at Matlock June 6, 1906. Booth worked as an engineer of donkeys and locomotives in the logging business. When he was 24 he held his first job with Endicotte and Parrish of Matlock. He logged all over the Mason County area including Maflock, Union City and Hoodsport. During his logging career he logged for William Forbes, Bert Callomr and George Grisdale. Dur- ing the depression he bucked logs on Harstine Island. His last log- ging job was with the State De- partment of Natural Resources. Booth has been enjoying retire- ment for the past decade. He lives Edward Bariekman ,.near the Skoko- taree miles from 2% 1875. Moran with his daughter, Mrs. Florence ife. Maizie Beers,. White, at Bayshore and likes play- ed in+ Shelton in ing cards and visiting people. on,, Calvin John Another daughter, Mrs. Frances ,h!rs. Moran was O'Niel, lives in Las Vegas, and he -ae ]Vice ts have has one grandchild. ca... "I liked logging," stated Booth .ave lived at tlleir "and if I were to live my life over grandchildren. He presently resides Shore ever since I'd log again." , at Bott's Nursing Home. d during the ear- ,i mZ', arriage Mrs. *q her husband -v 8tllTOUllding their Like many other Mason County youths around the turn of the cen- tury, Edward Bariekman began logging at an early age. At the age of 14, nine years after moving to Mason County from Illinois, he hired out on an ox team with the Swan and John- son Company. He has held nearly every job in the woods and always in Mason County. After working for Swan and Johnson he was employed by the Bordeaux family near the Cole Ranch just outside of Shelton. He next worked with Mark E. Reed and later the Phoenix Logging Co., where he hewed ties. He also work- ed for Fay Baker and was employ- ed by Glen Butler when he retired in 1951 at 68. Bariekman recalls experiencing a close-call during a thunderstorm in which he and a companion were logging with a white horse. Re- membering the age-old supersti- tion that a white horse attracts lightning the two men attempted to get as far from the horse as possible. However, their attempts proved unsuccessful and the horse follow- ed them to the tree they were hid- ing behind. The superstition proved correct when lightning struck the tree and stripped clean all its bark. Neither roans was hurt but both blamed the white horse as the cause of the frightening experi- ence. Bariekman, 79, was bmm in Il- linois in June, 1883. He was mar- ried in Shelton to the late Inn Wood in 1906. All their five child- ren were born and raised in Shel- ton. His children are John Bariek- man; Gladys Grimes; Belle Ames; C. E. (Jim) Bariekman; all of Shelton and Daisy Vohahlo of EIk, Washington. Bariekman has seven JOHN KRONQUIST Ralph Krise Heading alone for Alaska from ................... :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: his native Finland, John William Kronquist, 82, made a decision at Seattle that was to change his Alaskan plans forever. Having crossed a ocean and a continent, he finally reached Seat- tle but financial difficulties forced him to seek a job, so he headed south to Shelton to become a log- ger. He began logging for Simpson Logging Co. in May 1899, and re- mained with the company until his retirement in 1952 at 71. He was employed under Bud Puhn at the time of his retirement. His record of 53 years of service with the company still stands. On his first job at Simpson's Camp No. 1, Kronquist was a skid greaser, working for Joe Simp- son, brother of founder. Sot G. Simpson. Kronquist later worked the "donkeys" for 25 years. He re- calls one time while moving a don- key, it turned over on hint, but his only injury was a sprained ankle. Kronquist was born on March 28. 1881 in Finland. He married in Shclton to Anna Osman in 1937, who was born in Sweden. He and his wife reside at 925 South First Street. where he enjoys gardening. "We never miss a Forest Festi- val," said Kronquist, "and we're looking folard to this year's." Ralph Dunkin Krise. 74, believ- es that steam brought the biggest change into logging. "When steam came in, the ox and horse team logging methods went out," said Krise. At 14, Krise first went to work greasing Skids for Swan and Me- row neat" Kamilche. He later work- ed for the Simpson Logging Co. as a boom man for 21 years. He also spent some time as a barker and rigger for Simpson. grise worked for several other logging companies when he was not working for Simpson. He log- ged the woods for the Port Blake- ly Co.. and for the Fredson Bro- thers Co. He was also employed by the Cushman Co., the Mud Bay Co., and the Phoenix Co "When Krise retired in 1944 he was em- ployed by Simpson. Krise was born near Kamilche June 29. 1888. In 1910. he was married in Slelton to Cora Slocum. He has a son, Randolf Krise, liv- ing in Snohomish and another son, Jim Krisc. living in Kamilchc. Krise has one grandchild. Krise still lives in Kamilche where he enjoys the company of his friends and playing ball. PAUL BUHYAH DAYS SPEGIAL TV SALE RECONDITIONED *2500 and up Taylor Ra!}0o& Electric Clarence Saeger Balancing on floating logs be- came a natural feat for pioneer logger: Clarence Saeger. Most of his time in logging was spent as Loom man. "i fell in a fev< tlme," said Sacgcr "but I didn't have any trouble getting out of the wa- ter. It was dangerous, but I en- joyed it." He also recalls pulling out a few friends who fell in. Sacger was born Sept. 29, 1885 in Mason County. He grew up in this area with three brothers and four sisters. He began working in the woods at the age of 15 for Norman Hunt- ly. At the age of 17 he worked for his uncle. Charles Saeger. He greased skids and took care of four horses, morning and night. He worked for Swan and Jotm- son, driving line horses for the Bordeaux family and as boon: man. Simpson Logging Company em- ployed Saegcr as boom man for several ears and he also worked for other companies. Clarence Saeger and h'is Irene Noble were married in 1906 in Timrston County. They have two children. Mrs. Jack Nicklas. Quin- cy, and Lawrence Saeger. Hars- tine. The Saegers have four grand- children and six great grandchild- ren. Twelve years ago Saeger re- tired. He keeps a small garden and occasionally goes fishing. When asked about modern log- ging Saeger said. "The loggers now have much better equipment and better living quarters." He recalled working 12 hours a day and living in drafty bunk houses. x From Nell Evander Pharmacy Phads Here at NeWs Pharmacy we have everything for your good health - all the things that keep you happy and on your toes. 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