Author R.J. Guyer released a new book chronicling the life and entrepreneurship of Kenneth Ford. Arcadia Publishing released “Southern Oregon Timber: The Kenneth Ford Family Legacy” in August.
The story relates how forestry defined the culture of southern Oregon. Kenneth and Hallie Ford rose from humble beginnings with a single sawmill during the Great Depression and helped transform the state’s timber industry. They founded one of the largest privately owned wood-products companies in the country, bringing the title “Timber Capital of the Nation” to Roseburg, Ore.
Their legacy remains today through The Ford Family Foundation, dedicated to creating and supporting successful citizens and vital rural communities. Guyer explores the evolution of logging and the challenges faced by the hearty men and women who plied this trade.
Guyer is the author of “Douglas County Chronicles” and a columnist for the News-Review newspaper in Roseburg. He is passionate about history and is a member of the Douglas County Museum. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Emporia State University in Kansas.
The 160-page softcover book features numerous photos from the family scrapbook and quotes from those who have benefited from the Ford’s vision and generosity. “Southern Oregon Timber: The Kenneth Ford Family Legacy” is sold at Barnes & Noble and Amazon and is also available for iBooks and Kindle.