Pioneer Logger's Picnic in Deep River

<I>KAREN KAINO COLLECTION</I><BR>A 1940s-era photo features Lon and Ann Schooler, who were part of the Swede Camp, which was where the Naselle Rock Company is now located. Historian Carlton Appelo identified the other people in the photo around Lon's truck as his family and an unidentified male.

DEEP RIVER - It's time, once again, to mark your calendar. The 38th Annual Pioneer Loggers' Picnic will be held at the American Legion Hall in Deep River on Saturday, July 21. The potluck lunch begins at noon.

The first Pioneer Loggers picnic was held at "Cougar" Koskela's Evergreen Park in Naselle in 1970 to commemorate 100 years of logging in the Deep River area. The event was well attended by loggers of all ages, their wives and families and a host of guests and friends. It became a July tradition and the Deep River Legion Hall became its home.

The list of picnic goers has broadened to include loggers and their wives from all over Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington. Attendees are encouraged to bring a potluck dish to share as well as their reminiscences and logger tales.

This year's program will feature an informal, open-forum talk by local historian, Bryan Penttila, the author of "Columbia River, The Astoria Odyssey." Penttila will speak on Crown-Willamette's early operations in Wahkiakum County. Former Crown employees are encouraged to attend and share their memories of working for that company.

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