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Document Details


Title: Sharon Erdman
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: Sharon lives in Rainier, Washington, in an old house that she and her husband restored that sits within sight of the Columbia River. She has spent most of her life living in small logging towns near the Columbia. She is 54 years old, and possesses an earthy charm and sophisticated wit. She is a social worker. Her father was a logger all his adult life, a faller who continued falling until he was 64. He died after a logging accident resulted in the amputation of a leg, which in turn led to a blood clot that broke loose and killed him instantly. Sharon's youngest son also logged for a short time, setting chokers. Sharon understands that logging -- especially wood -- has shaped her identity. "This is what I was raised with, this is what life was about, and centered around wood . . . . That's it--cutting wood, always had wood heat, always had to cut wood to burn in the stove--pretty simplistic existence . . . . Today I can't paint wood . . . I love the grains . . . I like it."
URL: http://www.ccrh.org/oral/women&timber/bibs/OHErdman.htm
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1998 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Erdman, Sharon
Speaker gender: Female
Document date: 16-Nov-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: OHI0028918-31875