For eighteen years Linda, in her early 50s, and her husband, George, owned a logging business based in Randle, Washington. They sold the business in 1990 because high equipment repair costs, what Linda called "the spotted owl mess," the state's "lifting the lid on liability insurance and trucking," and high timber prices made continued ownership impossible. Linda met her husband when she was seventeen and he eighteen. They had attended high school together in Randle, and he was already a logger by the time he graduated. She kept books for the business, sometimes worked in the woods clearing brush with a small power saw, raised two children, one of whom--George, a logger--is married to Mystee Vanderpool (see below), and eventually began her own accounting business, which is now very successful. Though logging has been her life, Linda confessed -- unlike most of the women interviewed -- that she never truly adjusted to the terrible fear that her husband or son might be seriously hurt or injured in the woods. She considered that constant worry the worst part about being part of the logging business.
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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