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Ward, Bill oral history interview

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Bill Ward started working on the waterfront in July 1939. He got the job at Alaska Pine as a labourer, leaving to join the Army for 5 years. During his stint in the Army, he was trained as a mechanic, and was hired back at Alaska Pine when he returned to New Westminster. He later trained as a millwright and a welder, and maintained the machinery at the mill until he retired in 1978. He discusses the work he did throughout his career, and talks about the union, the big fire in 1966, and the dangers of the job, as well as interactions with engineers, changes over the years, and the processing of lumber itself.
Interview with Bill Ward
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