• Alaska helped woodsman live dream
By Linda Green

Norman DesRosiers holds a chainsaw and an ax, tools of his trade as a logger and lumberjack in Alaska. Photo by Linda Green.

A childhood dream of living in Alaska and being a part of the frontier turned into a 40- year career in logging and lumberjacking for a McDuffie County man.
Norman DesRosiers, 89, was born in Massachusetts and learned about timber from his woodsman and iceman stepfather and lumberjack grandfather as the family operated a sawmill near Cape Cod.
After constantly hearing about his desire to travel to Alaska and eventually relocate there, his wife presented him with a ticket to visit there and the adventure began.
In 1953, at the age of 29, he sold everything, closed the mill and departed for Alaska. He began to carve a niche for himself in the Alaska woods.
“Alaska was an obsession for me,” he said. “From very early on I wanted to live in the last frontier.”

To read more on this story, see the Sun., July 14, edition of The McDuffie Progress.





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