Lifelong Grays Harbor resident Oscar Rosenkrantz will be honored as this year’s Polson Museum Pioneer of the Year. The museum is hosting a reception for him at 2 p.m., April 26, at the Grays Harbor PUD’s Nichols Building.
The museum cited his commitment to the family business, community activism and dedication to his family, as some of the reasons he’s being honored.
Rosenkrantz was born in Aberdeen in 1923 and attended school in Aberdeen. He began sweeping floors at his father’s business, the Western Machinery Exchange, as a 10-year-old and three years later, began operating the company’s 35-ton bridge crane.
He enrolled at Washington State University, but joined the navy at the beginning of World War II. He enlisted in the Navy’s flying school and served in the Pacific.
Rosenkrantz and his brother took over the family business in the 1950s, renaming it Western Steel — which remains in operation today. He served on the Housing Authority of Grays Harbor board for several years, is a member of the Aberdeen Elks and serves his synagogue, Temple Beth Israel.
He also spends a great deal of time with his wife, Jacqueline, his four children and numerous grandchildren.
Each year, the Polson Museum honors long-time members of Grays Harbor County. The Pioneer of the Year award was created in 1980.