Regarding the series, “Voices of the Mill”: I have a story that needs to be told.
During the Great Depression, years ago, the mill jobs were soon filled. Unemployed were the majority.
There was a man desperate for a job who picked up his broom and went down to the mill. There, he started sweeping the yard eight hours a day, every day, until a manager saw him. He asked, who is this man who sweeps the yard? He was told it was a man looking for a job. So the manager called him in and hired him.
That man was Don Van Winkle (RIP). For years he was a well-liked, loyal, dedicated, hard worker. He rose up through various jobs and later retired as superintendent. He had raised his family and made a good living for them. Today he rests up on Mount Pilchuck, where there is a view of the town and mill he so loved.
Many ex-Scott Paper employees and retirees have also worked hard and raised our families here. We were all one big, happy family, working for a good company. Our kids worked there summers, earning college degrees. I had three do this.
Today, we retirees are saddened at the loss of our mill and the “end of an era.”
Everett will go down in history as a mill town, and also a city that threw away their mill, along with 750 jobs.
We need to clean up city hall and the radical environmentalists before we clean up the waterfront.