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A Since You Asked column on Saturday, July 18, discussed the origins of the two Paul Bunyanesque metal loggers that grace the Jackson County fairgrounds. It was noted that they were donated by the Eugene F. Burrill Lumber Co. but offered no information about their origins. Here's the rest of the story.

— SYA editors

I just read your article on the "tin" loggers at the fairgrounds. I was there for the inception of those cutout figures in 1955.

Shortly after my Navy discharge in 1955, I went to work as a sign-painter apprentice under the tutelage of Hal E. Bishop, who worked for John Eads in a small sign shop on the corner of Fourth and Central.

Hal E. Bishop designed the figures and scaled them up to full size — piece by piece, on his hands and knees on the floor of the shop — during the winter that year. He cut them out with tin snips, primed and painted them.

The figures have been repainted several times. Each time the features would change depending on the painter's ability. I did the first repaint in the late 1950s. The figures originally were used to advertise Rogue Equipment Sales on Highway 99.

As a side note: I also worked with Harold Wehren, of Coronet Signs, who designed the Cubby's logo and did the original signs for Cubby's drive-in.

I enjoy your column very much! — Emil C. Knutson, Medford

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