Shelton and Washington’s Timber Industry is Topic of October 11 History Talk at the Schmidt House

On Thursday, October 11 at History Talks at the Schmidt House, Mike Fredson from Mason County will present a history of Shelton and the Simpson Timber Company and its impact upon the community.


Fredson will provide a good look at the post-war boom and bust of the timber industry and the Sustained Yield Forestry Management Act of 1944. We’ll learn about post-war Shelton, booming with new mills and a seemingly endless tract of Olympic mountain timber and Shelton’s transformation into a 20th-century community.  He will also discuss why hundreds of Simpson Timber Company employees lost their jobs in 1985 and the impact on the community.


Mike Fredson is a 5th generation Mason County resident and is the current president of the Mason County Historical Society. He has a graduate degree from the University of Arizona, is a Vietnam veteran, and has written several books about Mason County. He lives in Union on Hood Canal and is an avid hiker of the Olympic National Park.


What — History Talks at the Schmidt House presents, “Shelton and Washington’s Timber Industry.”

When — Thursday, October 11, 2018, noon-1 p.m. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and close at capacity.

Where — The Schmidt House, 330 Schmidt Place SW, Tumwater

Cost —Free (donations are welcome!)

For More Information — Visit Contact Don Trosper, Public History Manager at or 360-786-8117

Sponsored By — Olympia Tumwater Foundation (

Our thanks to the City of Tumwater for its support.


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