My brother-in-law Don Zelen moved from Florence, Alabama, to Longview, Washington, in 1967. He was manager of a Reynolds Aluminum Plant. He was able to get jobs for my dad and for my brother-in-law Terry. My dad and mom moved to Longview in the Fall of 1968. I was already enrolled at Ball State University so I went on to college in Indiana. I spent some summers in Longview working at odd jobs and after graduating in 1972, I moved out to Longview. I stayed with my parents for 6 months until I went into the Peace Corps in November.
Washington was now my home state.
When I returned from Korea in September of 1974, I brought with me a wonderful bride. Kim and I stayed at my parent's house for about a year.
Just after my new wife and I arrived in Longview, we were interviewed for the Longview Newspaper.
I looked for teaching positions around the state of Washington, but found none. I ended up working at Weyerhauser. I did a variety of job from sweeping sawdust off floors, to sharpening saws with massive machines, to making presto-logs. When I got tired of Weyerhauser, I joined the army.
We moved to our own apartment on 3rd street in Longview in August of 1975 and stayed there until I went off the army in May of 1976.
See some pictures our of life in Longview.
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