Carol's affiliation with logging goes back generations and has had an indelible influence on her life. 57 years old at the time of her interview, Carol was thoughtful, articulate, and intensely focused on every question asked. Her husband, father, and grandfathers on both her mother and father's sides all logged, and all of her children have, at one time, logged, with two of her sons still in logging. Her husband logged all his life until July 1997, when he finally left logging for other work. Her older brother was killed in a logging accident at age 28, and she also lost an uncle to logging when he was 28. Carol and her husband live in a lovely two-story home on acreage just outside of Eatonville. Carol raised five children (all born by the time she was 25 years old), and remembers having to struggle in the winters when her husband Den was out of work. In 1979, when her children were older, she decided to go to work to supplement her husband's income so they could send all of their children to college. "That's what prompted me to do it, although I think for years that I didn't understand that I had a restlessness in myself--I didn't understand until years later that I'm a very creative person . . . when I got into hairdressing I realized that it was something that I really loved . . . because it's an art form, it's a creative form, and now I know I have a need for that." Carol now owns her own hairdressing shop, and employs eight besides herself. She is now the primary income earner in the family.
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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