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Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-25 A section of the Mason County Journal Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 - Serving the communities Of Belfair, Allyn, Grapeview, Tahuya, Mason Lake, South Shore and Victor NOra MASON BRIEFS STAFF REPORT Belfair resident Elizabeth Ann Olsen. at two different stores. news@masoncoun com The Sheriffs Office told the media "Due to these contacts and mul- Nov. 12 that Olsen had been missing tiple positive identifications, the The Mason County Sheriffs Of- since Nov. 3. missing person case will be closed," rice announced Thursday that it had According to the Sheriffs Office, Detective William Adam said in a closed the missing person case for Olsen was identified by employees statement. Thanksgiving breakfast at North Mason Resources e e 60years later, Shelton man seeks answers on death in log camp By UZ CASE Special to the Herald Shelton's Richard Olson is looking for a true "needle in a haystack." He's hoping to find information on a 1950s logging accident that he believes killed a man near North Mason's Coulter Creek Road. Olson doesn't have much spe- cific information on it, but he's hoping that someone will have the answers he wants. Olson witnessed the accident as a young child. Although he asked his family about it over the years, they were all tight- lipped about it. Olson estimates the accident took place between 1952 and 1958, putting him between the ages of 4 and 10. It occurred at a working log dump on North Bay, just across Victor Road from the present- day Coulter Creek Fish Hatch- ery. Log dumps are sites where logs are lifted off log trucks and dumped into a body of water, where they can then be rafted to nearby mills. Olsonwas visiting his grand- parents, Hazel and Mac McK- enzie, whose house was nearby. He saw a loaded log truck arrive at the dump area and ran over to watch the dump operation. As he remembers it, the truck driver had gotten out of the cab and was standing on the driver's side of the truck, the side away from the water. As the load was being lifted off the truck, the driver turned to look at him. Just then, the logs suddenly fell on the driver, crushing him. Olson turned and ran to his grandparents' house, where Photo courtesy of Liz Case This Shelton logging truck photo, taken in 1945, shows the logs stacked in a pyramid and held in place by two binding chains. Trucks today have "bunks," the two sets of uprights that help hold the logs onto the truck. A Mason County Journal classified ad inspired former Belfair Herald reporter Liz Case to do some sleuthing into a 1950s logging accident near North Mason's Coulter Creek Road. his grandmother called for aid. thing I can so I can set these That is all of the event that he memories to rest." can remember. Olson recently decided to find out whatever he can about LOOKING BACK the matter. He hopes to resolve Olson wondered as a child once and for all a few of his nev- if he had in some way caused er-answered questions about the accident by distracting the the event. driver. He began by placing a classi- He tried many times over fled ad in the March 13 issue of the years to talk about what the Mason County Journal ask- happened. He says his faro- ing for any information. ily discouraged him from even He got only one response bringing up the subject. He can to the ad, from former Belfair only guess that they might have Herald reporter Liz Case, who thought the details would be wrote this article. Case was ac- too traumatic and were best left quainted with some "old-timers" hidden, around the area and she prom- "Wondering about this ac- ised she'd look into the matter. cident really tore up my life at the time," Olson says. "I'd sure like to find out any- see LOGGING, page A-26 North Mason Resources in Belfair is hosting a free Thanksgiving Day breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 27 in the parking lot of its offices at 140 NE state Route 300. The inaugural event honors the memory of Jeff Mitchell, the former owner of Bel- fair's Mitchell Lumber, who died this year. The breakfast will include pancakes, turkey sausage, donut holes, scrambled eggs, coffee, milk and juice. Attendees are asked to call 552-2303 to make a reservation so organizers have an idea of how many people plan to attend. North Mason Resources is also supply- ing 250 Thanksgiving baskets to families throughout North Mason County. Faith in Action seeks residents to serve as board members Faith in Action Senior Services in Bel- fair is seeking residents to serve on its board of directors. The organization is building its HUB Center for Seniors. For more information, call Patti Kleist at 275-0535. North Mason chamber workshop to focus on publicity Stephanie Rowland, president and CEO of the North Mason Chamber of Commerce, will present a workshop on how to get your name in the news from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Theler Community Center, 22871 NE state Route 3, Belfair. The program is one of the chamber's Brown Bag Lunch workshops. The event is free to chamber membersand is $25 for guests. To RSVP, call 275-4267 or email Stephanie@nrthmasnchamber'cem" Help seniors in need donating items for Christmas gifts Faith in Action Senior Services in Belfair is seeking the donation of Christmas git s for seniors and disabled residents in need. Participants can pick up a gift tag from the tree at the Faith in Action Thrift Store to adopt a senior and shop for a gift they chose or donate cash or a local card. Faith in Action is also accepting donations of baked goods, ornaments, cards and handicrafts. All gifts must be dropped offby Dec. 12 at the office at 23790 state Route 3 in Bel- fair. Baked goods should be delivered to the office by Dec. 22. Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks