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Document Details


Title: Diane Heersink
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: Diane and her husband, Brian, have been married for 23 years, and throughout their marriage Brian has logged. At the time of her interview Diane was about 41, and Brian was still working in the woods as a rigging slinger at age 45. Diane had never been around loggers until she met Brian. Throughout their marriage she has struggled with the economic insecurity of logging and the roller coaster of hard times/good times that business ensured, and with the instability of life moving from one place to another to follow the work. Changing market demands and environmental restrictions have meant that Brian has had to range far and wide throughout the Pacific Northwest and into Alaska to try and earn a living wage for his family. Diane with their children and Brian have often lived apart for long periods of time. Though at Diane's urging Brian has tried to pursue other occupations, he cannot leave logging. Consequently, in 1989, Diane returned to school, became a teacher, and at the time of her interviews was working on her Ed.D. She and Brian are still together, and both have agreed that they never want their two sons to enter the logging business.
URL: http://www.ccrh.org/oral/women&timber/bibs/OHHeersink1.htm
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1998 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Heersink, Diane
Speaker gender: Female
Speaker occupation: Homemaker; Manager; Nursing assistant
Document date: 24-Jan-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: OHI0028919-31876