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Document Details


Title: Mystee Vanderpool
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: At 28 years old Mystee was the youngest of the women interviewed. She, her husband George, 31, Linda Vanderpool's son (see above), and their children live just outside of Randle, Washington in a comfortable home set on acreage. She grew up in Packwood, moved to Glenoma, and then moved to Randle when she and George married. She has been around logging and loggers all her life. Her grandfather had his own logging outfit when he returned from World War II, and her father and brother were loggers. Her father was so severely injured in logging accidents that by the time she was four he could no longer work at hard labor. Like many of the women interviewed for this project, Mystee confessed that she considered suit-wearing businessmen "not very manly." "I know it's not right and its prejudiced in a way, [but] I've been around men that have done physical labor." Also like most of those interviewed, she fiercely defended the logging industry and its culture. "I think that people think that [just because you're a logger] you're just some illiterate . . . or a madman just cutting down as many trees as he can . . . . Everybody's not illiterate hicks--we're normal people--we want the same things as everybody else--we're not these drunken people that go around shooting little baby animals and sawing down as many trees as we can."
URL: http://www.ccrh.org/oral/women&timber/bibs/OHMVanderpl.htm
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1998 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Vanderpool, Mystee
Speaker gender: Female
Speaker occupation: Homemaker
Document date: 15-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: OHI0028925-31884