37th pioneer loggers' potluck picnic in Deep River at American Legion Hall and Deep River Church

Provided of the Apppelo Archive Center in Naselle, Washington

DEEP RIVER - On July 22, the historic logging communities of Rosburg, Grays River, Naselle and Deep River will gather for the 37th year to tell stories and honor the area's rich logging history. This year special additions to the event include a memorial service for Otto Oja (1913-06), a lecture on the history of logging in Southwest Washington by Jim LeMonds, author of "Deadfall," and a storytelling panel of descendants from historic logging families.

The potluck picnic will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Deep River. During that time a memorial service for Otto Oja will be conducted by Lynn Laitala from Hancock, Mich., past editor of the Finnish American Reporter newspaper.

At 2 p.m., activities will move to the Deep River Pioneer Church, one-mile northeast of the Legion Hall, for the lecture and panel, beginning at 2:30 p.m. Folks are welcome to drive or walk to the small historic church down the quiet country road from the Legion Hall.

After Jim LeMonds' lecture on logging history at 2:30 p.m., panelists will include Glenrose Hedlund, Marlene Wiitala and sister Jeanie, Kenny "Buckshot" Wirkkala, Stanley Rangila, Claire Sundquist McCullum, Mary "Puskala" Cornell, Anna Ehrlund, Rose Elaine Johnson, Burton and Carlton Appelo, Wally Salme, George Durrah and others. The panelists will tell stories and share memories of the early years of logging in the area. The event will be videotaped and available for purchase at the Appelo Archives Center in Naselle. To reach the Legion Hall in Deep River, follow SR 4 to East Deep River Road, then turn north for half a mile to the small historic town of Deep River.

For more information, contact Carlton Appelo at Wahkiakum West at

360-465-2211 or the Appelo Archives Center in Naselle at 360-484-7103. The Archive Center is on the Web at (www.wahkiakumfoundation.org).

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