Iman family notes
Sunset Timber Company was headed by Page Soule when it opened it’s logging camp on Mill Creek in 1915. Lumbering had long been a big business with mills at Willapa on the river, and in Raymond and South Bend on WIllapa Harbor. An essential component for developing a lumber camp at Firdale had been the completion of a rail line to haul timbers out of the woods. Sunset Timber was owned by the same financial interests as the Pacific & Eastern Railroad which had been incorporated in 1906. In 1915, the daily train went through Centrali and Chehalis near 11:00 in the morning and by 12:30 was at Firdale on it’s way to Raymond.
The same financial interests owned the timber, did the logging at several camps, and supplied wood for companies on the harbor. The Pacific & Eastern was taken over by the Puget Sound & Willapa Harbor Railway in 1913. Sunset Timber Company was absorbed into the Willapa Logging Railroad Company before it was dissolved in 1944. The Imans bought their 95 ares from the Willapa Lumber Company, then headed by Ralph Burnside as the company’s President.
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