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The influence of World War II on the Wrangell sawmill Part two of a three-part history


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Sometime in 1960, an agreement was signed in Juneau between the U.S. Forest Service, Alaska officials and timber executives. Seated at the table, Alaska Lumber and Pulp Company founder Tadao Sasayama and Alaska Gov. Bill Egan participate in the signing.

Editor's note: Frank Roppel has been in the timber industry from 1956 to 2002, and a Wrangell resident since 1992. After graduating from high school in Ketchikan and receiving a degree from Oregon State University, he began full time employment for Ketchikan Pulp Company in 1959. Rising to sawmill manager, Roppel became the first president of Sealaska Timber in 1980, and served as executive vice president and general manager of Alaska Lumber and Pulp from 1984 until its closure.

At the advice of his wife, the late writer and historian Patricia Roppel, he had begun putting together a history...

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