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Jim Aalberg remembers historical company towns

Author discusses his book at Seaside library Nov. 17

Published on November 14, 2018 11:22AM

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Author Jim Aalberg has expanded his research about Westport by writing about other Clatsop County “company towns,” including Bradwood and Wauna.

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Author Jim Aalberg has expanded his research about Westport by writing about other Clatsop County “company towns,” including Bradwood and Wauna.

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‘Historical Company Towns of Clatsop County’ by Jim Aalberg is a collaborative effort with the Clatsop County Historical Society.

Courtesy Clatsop County Historical Society

‘Historical Company Towns of Clatsop County’ by Jim Aalberg is a collaborative effort with the Clatsop County Historical Society.


SEASIDE — The Friends of the Seaside Library hosts author Jim Aalberg at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, as he speaks about his book “Historical Company Towns of Clatsop County.”

The event will take place in the Seaside Public Library’s Community Room. There will be book sales and signings.

The history of Clatsop County and many of its towns can’t be told without the blood, sweat and sawdust of the Oregon logger. Likewise, the mill towns that the industry spawned have formed the backbone of our county. Aalberg’s book focuses on the sawmills at Wauna, Westport and Bradwood that were an integral part of the logging business.

Aalberg writes that the folks who played such a large part of our history were fueled by “a work ethic that American towns and cities could only hope to aspire to today.”

An amateur historian and writer, Aalberg is a fourth-generation Oregonian and direct descendant of Captain John West, founder of Westport.

The library is at 1131 Broadway St. For more information, call 503-738-6742 or visit seasidelibrary.org.



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