Zeek, Jim MMR


Growing up in Placerville, CA, the son of a saw filer and the fourth generation of loggers and mill men, Jim began helping his father by the time he was tall enough to align band saw teeth as they passed by on a grinder and by age sixteen, had completed apprenticeship as a filer. Instead of moving on to work as a filer's helper Jim enrolled in Forestry at Oregon State (OSU). During college and graduate school, summer employment was found in a box factory as machine operator and at a saw mill as a laborer around mill and woods; including cat skinner recovering rails left behind by scrappers.
Following a twenty year professional career in management in the mid-westestern and eastern U.S., Jim returned to California and worked for eleven years for Michigan-California Lumber Co. and its successor Sierra Pacific Industries as a machine operator and quality control technician. Jim retired in 1997 to work on his organic farm.

Clinics Presented:

Box factories


Wooden boxes were the only and preferred package for shipping produce from fields and most orchards to retail outlets from the 19th century until the 1960's. Nearly a third of all pine timber cut in our nation, excluding that for paper, was used in this manner. This clinic uses photographs from the presenter's collection and experience as a machine operator in a Califonia box factory for illustration.

Day Time Room
Saturday, Aug 29 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Mt. Hood

Placeville, CA: A complete district, to scale, as one layout


The earliest attempted crossing of the Sierras by rail terminated in this town in late 1887. By 1900 two large saw mills - one of which later built a connecting branchline - along with a box factory, fruit packing sheds , a foundry, and farms were all shipping products, while mines, businesses and farms were importing machinery, fuel, and supplies. From 1915-1953 traffic expanded up to two trains daily of 20-30 cars each in late summer and during WW II. Presenter illustrates with photos and maps.

Day Time Room
Friday, Aug 28 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Mt. Saint Helens



An in depth look at their physical plants, machinery and how logs become lumber illustrated by photographs from the clinician's collection. Your presenter has studied Foresty at Oregon State, grew up in the industry and has worked as a machine operator for MIchigan California Lumber Co. and Sierra Pacific Lumber Co.

Activity Changes: 
Day Time Room Changes
Monday, Aug 24 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM Mt. Saint Helens New at this Time
Wednesday, Aug 26 10:00 PM to 11:00 PM Mt. Hood