50 Years of The Deming Way

For many it seems that the Deming Logging Show (DLS) has been in existence forever whereas in fact it came into being in 1962 and celebrates it’s 50 year this June 9th and 10th at the Deming Logging Show grounds. In today’s political climate it must come as a complete shock to many urbanites that the show did not come into being as a result of federal or state governments, lengthy studies consultants and then debated and modified by groups of experts, prolonged legal battles over permits, and months of public hearings.

In fact DLS came into being in what many would call the “old fashioned” way, with working men and women joining together, knowing their goal, making a plan and then placing that plan into action.

The records of the DLS reveal this history: “In late 1962 a logger was seriously injured while working in the logging industry, here in Whatcom County. At that time compensation from the State Dept. of Labor and Industries was very slow. Finley (Hays) came up with the idea of having a logging show, put on by local loggers demonstrating what they do on a daily basis. The first show was considered a success, as 800 people paid $1.00 each and seemed to enjoy it. The money went to the injured logger. The Deming Logging Show has continued year after year, raising money to help those loggers and their families.”

One should keep in mind that a both a penny and a dollar had considerably greater worth and buying power in 1962 than either does today (Calculator.net noted $1.00 in 1962 is the equivalent of $7.53 in 2012). Thus the $800 raised in ‘62 would be over $6,000 today.

Fifty years later, the DLS has continued to raised and distribute thousands of dollars a year to help “busted up loggers” as was their original goal.

Over the past two decades the DLS has successfully transitioned from the original organizers to the next generation of leaders, in virtually all phases of the show, and has accomplished that with grace, style and efficiency. The show itself continues to evolve, adding, changing, and modifying the competitions program, keeping the pace, fun, and interest in the show in touch both with logging’s history and logging’s future.
And perhaps the most treasured of traditions kept alive and well is the “spirit” of giving and helping in any number of ways, from one’s time and energy in building, maintaining, and adding to the show grounds, to the cooking and cleaning crews that keep the areas spotless, to generous donations and sponsorships.

The Deming Show holds particular significance to Loggers World Publications, whose founder was the same man who founded the Deming Logging Show: Finley Hays.

Finley has a quip and a story for just about everything, as anyone who knew him would attest. Deming and Whatcom County were always considered home by Finley, just as the worldwide community of loggers was considered family. We often will ask ourselves with the various incidents of the day that come along, “what would Finley have to say,” knowing full well there’d be a story and a smile at the end of it.
In the end, he’s smiling at the good works of so many that came from “...setting the goal, making the plan, then following that plan.” A very good piece of advice we know he’d given many in his life time, that still holds true to this day.

Happy 50th Birthday Deming Logging Show... and we wish you many more.

Maybe the last live steam show
Each of the past several year’s there’s been an historic steam logging operation at the Pomeroy Living History Farm near Yacolt, Washington, and this year they date of that show has been changed to June 9th and 10th (in the past it was held in July). There will be two 1920’s era steam donkeys in operation along with numerous period saws, trucks, and related equipment.

The air will be filled with the sights, sounds, and smells of a logging operation as it was done in the 1920’s. This re-creation is made possible by many hours of volunteer labor devoted to keeping this tradition alive in an area rich in logging heritage.

There are admission fees: $6.00 for adults, $4.00 for children 3-11. Ages 2 and under are admitted free. Hours are: Saturday 10am to 5 pm; Sunday 1-5pm.

We bring this up for two reasons, one of which is the opportunity to witness steam logging first hand, and appreciate logging as it was (and as much of today’s popular media still thinks things are done). The other reason is time waits for no one... and time is moving on for the many who volunteer countless hours to not only maintain, but operate this equipment and actually log on these historic settings, which required a lot of physical force, and boundless energy. A hearty crew indeed, but those skill sets are being lost to time and age.

We know with certainly this show is up and running that second full weekend of June at the Pomeroy Living History Farm. We’d encourage you to bring your cameras, and your family to experience how logging was, and perhaps get a better feel for your own roots, and give the gift of living history to your family and friends.

Pomeroy Living History Farm is a non-profit, educational museum located at 20902 NE Lucia Fall Rd, Yacolt Washington. You can call (360) 686-3537 or visit www.pomeroyfarm.org for program confirmation, directions or further information.

Smart cars
We’d first read about the “smart cars” in Popular Mechanics or some similar magazine many years ago, and first saw one in Germany on a business trip several years ago. The were designed and conceived small, inexpensive motorized transportation in cities and towns and while they’re about half the size of what many would consider a “car” to be, they have their niche and we see more of them every year.

Unfortunately, as we’ve witnessed with alarming frequency over the past year, smart cars do not necessarily mean smart drivers, as we’ve seen these urban road vehicles being driven upwards of 70 miles per hour on the interstate freeways! Some would call this eco-friendly, however the only thing eco-friendly about one of these roller-skates on the freeway is the morbid efficiency of not needing a coffin, or medical car, should you have a collision in your soap box “car.” You’ll not survive a freeway collision... they weren’t designed for that!

Aside from an apparent “death wish” by the occupants of “smart cars” on the interstate, the occupants “survivors” of said vehicles hold the same “eco-friendly” mind-set to change the laws to accommodate their minority by legislating and suing to drag the rest of us to their “way of thinking” because it fits their fantasy ideology.

We believe this is not their right, but instead is a clear demonstration of evolution in action, where in this case really bad ideas, such as driving a “smart car” on the interstate literally go to die. In town...fine. On the freeway, they join the ranks of flying mosquitoes. Join this minority at your own peril.