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Originally published in the Black Diamond Bulletin, Spring 2011

By JoAnne Matsumura

Now and then: The top photo was shot in 1946 while the one below was taken in 2011.

Now and then: The top photo was shot in 1946 while the one below was taken in 2011.

In 1942 Robert and Winifred Doyer, with young son Robert, Jr., had that pioneering spirit when they bought a lake front lot at Lake Sawyer. After purchasing additional adjoining lots, they began building their log cabin with all the “primitive conveniences.”

Using fir trees on the property, they cut them into 8-foot lengths, peeled them of bark, and installed them on a concrete foundation.

“Some of the timbers were salvaged from the old Soos Creek Bridge,” said Robert, Jr. “The floors were shiplap as was the roof sheeting.” The cabin is 24 feet by 32 feet with a large rock fireplace at one end.

The family “roughed it” for several years, hauling water from Jenkins Creek. There was no electricity and their only source of heating was the fireplace and the kitchen stove. (more…)

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