At its peak in the 1920s, Schafer Bros., one of the largest lumber businesses in the Northwest, commissioned several movies of its 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 will take place at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Lake Quinault Lodge, 345 South Shore Road in Quinault.
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.
In 1924, the family donated the land — including a large stand of old-growth timber — that would become the Schafer State Park. Located north of Elma, Schafer State Park is both a state and national historic site and offers examples of 1930s craftsmanship from the Works Progress Administration. Buildings in the park are constructed from native stone.
Reid and Ogle will discuss the park’s history and future. Their book includes more than 200 vintage images and history from pioneer days to the present. Its publication celebrates the 100th anniversary of Washington State Parks. Copies will be available for purchase and signing.
Reid is a former clinical program director at Stanford Law School and is currently chair of the Washington State Parks Foundation. Ogle, a photographer who focuses on nature and state and national parks, is retired from the Palo Alto School District and St. Martin’s University.