• Schafer Bros. Logging Co. film screening & Schafer State Park book signing

    Local library hosts Peter Schafer Reid and Barbara Seal Ogle at Lake Quinault Lodge Sat., Nov. 2

    QUINAULT, Wash. – At its peak in the 1920s, Schafer Bros., one of the largest lumber businesses in the Northwest, commissioned several movies of their operations. The films were recently restored and Peter Reid, a member of the Schafer family, will show them and discuss the history of the company. After the film, Reid and Barbara Seal Ogle will talk about their new book, “Schafer State Park.”

    The presentation, introduced by Amanda Park Timberland Library staff, will take place at 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 2 at the Lake Quinault Lodge, 345 S Shore Rd., Quinault, 98575.

    The Schafer brothers, Peter (Reid’s grandfather), Albert and Hubert began logging in 1893 on the family homestead six miles upstream from the mouth of the Satsop River. By the 1920s the Schafers were running one of the largest logging, milling and shipping concerns in the Northwest, employing about 3,000 people.

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  • Potential State Park Closures Discussed In Montesano

    The Washington State Parks and Recreations Department met with nearly 200 concerned citizens Thursday night in Montesano to discuss the state’s intentions with Lake Sylvia and Schafer State Park.
    Foreseeing a large State budget deficit, the Parks department has been asked to trim ten percent of it’s budget, equating to 10 million dollars, State Parks planner Brian Hovis told the crowd “Parks has already cut $3.5 million out of headquarters and regional office budgets, and it has come down to reducing state parks.” The department is also considering extending seasonal closures, and shelving needed repairs. The 3.5 million dollars trimmed so far does not help for the 2009-2011 budget, that covers shortfalls in the Parks department’s budget ending in 2009.

    Hovis, and Regional Director Steve Brand answered hand-written questions after a short presentation on the department’s budget. Handouts explained how over 800-thousand dollars in operating expenses would be saved if the state were to either transfer or mothball both Lake Sylvia and Schafer State parks.

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