Shafer logging film program comes to McCleary library

An immensely popular program that has been featured at a dozen Timberland libraries is now coming to McCleary.

The public can join Peter Schafer Reid, a member of the Schafer logging family of Grays Harbor, at the McCleary Timberland Library from 1 to 2:15 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, to view recently restored films that were commissioned by the Schafer Brothers Logging Company in the 1920s. Reid will speak on the history of the company and he and Barbara Seal Ogle will talk about the book they co-authored, “Schafer State Park.”

The Schafer brothers, Albert, Hubert and Peter (Reid’s grandfather), began logging in 1893 on the family homestead six miles upstream from the mouth of the Satsop River. Beginning with a team of oxen, the brothers first added a steam-powered donkey engine, went on to build their own railroad line, and operated their own ships to transport their product all over the world. 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, the 119-acre 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.

Born and raised in Aberdeen, 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. The couple lives in Olympia.

The McCleary Timberland Library is located at 121 S 4th Street. For more information, please contact the library at (360) 495-3368 or visit


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