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Document Details


Title: Norma Corbett
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Center for Columbia River History. Oral History Archive
Collection: Women and Timber: The Pacific Northwest Logging Community, 1920-1998
Description: Norma went into the logging business in 1947 when she married her husband Bob, a logger. She met Bob while both were enrolled at the University of Washington. Norma was a very active and gregarious 73 at the time of her interview. In 1965 Bob took over his father's logging company, and together she and Bob ran the business for more than thirty years. At one time they employed fifteen to eighteen people during peak seasons. Norma kept daily books, did the payroll, paid the truckers, and raised three children while Bob worked in the field, cutting trees and bringing them to market. Norma does not consider herself a "typical" logger's wife, though like many of the women interviewed she confided that she had long wanted to be "an old-fashioned housewife." She and Bob live in Edgewood, Washington in a beautiful, spacious home with a commanding view of Mt. Rainier. She spends much of her time involved in church, tennis, the Junior League, and PEO. Bob is moving reluctantly toward retirement.
URL: http://www.ccrh.org/oral/women&timber/bibs/OHCorbett.htm
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1998 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Corbett, Norma
Speaker gender: Female
Speaker occupation: Bookkeeper; Businesswoman; Cook; Homemaker
Document date: 13-Oct-1998
Interviewer: Sutphen, Debra
Locations discussed: North America; Oregon; Pacific Northwest; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Forests and forestry; Loggers' spouses; Loggers--Northwest, Pacific; Logging--Northwest, Pacific; Logging--Vocational guidance; Lumber camps; Lumber trade; North America; Oral history; Oregon; Pacific Northwest; United States; Women; Women employees; Women loggers--Northwest, Pacific; Work environment
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0028917-31874