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The speaker is a 58-year-old White man with a grade school education from Vancouver, Washington; he was recorded in 1967.



County: Clark
State: WA

Commentary:
Both Vancouver, Washington, and Vancouver, British Columbia, were named for British naval officer (and explorer of the Pacific Northwest) George Vancouver. The economic history of the U.S. city reflects its abundance of natural resources. A salmon trade was developed by the indigenous Chinook and Klickitat peoples, and European settlers prospered from fishing, logging, and fur trade. As old-growth forests approached depletion near the end of the twentieth century, Vancouver saw its main economic structure shift to high-tech and service fields. Population growth has continued throughout these changes, and the city currently has 161,791 residents. In this segment the speaker, a logger, relates the story of an unexpected encounter he had while working in the woods.
Inf: Well, I had worked this tree up till I was right at the top of it, right close to where my truck was (sittin???). The road had curled around; my truck was right into the road. And I heard a hell of a noise coming off???n the hill, sidehill. And there was a small brush on it. I figured it was a deer coming, and so I looked up over this log. There was another windfall that come right over the top of this tree, and I was right behind this windfall, cutting out the post from underneath this tree. I looked up over this log. Well, down the sidehill come this big old bear, just coming like the mail pail to hell.

And, uh, I thought, boy, where???s my ax? And I looked around for my ax and it was laying about ten, fifteen feet away from me, and I knew if I moved, he???d see me. So, I looked the territory over from where he was coming, and I knew if he???d come down there where I???d cut out this natural path through the, cut this tree out where it???d, uh, squash the brush all, no brush there, that he was scared enough of something that he was gonna take the easiest way outta there, so he was gonna come right down and hit that path and switch down there and jump right on this log, right where I was standing [FW: Uh-huh]. So, I got down behind this windfall and, and looked underneath it and watched him coming. And he did just what I figured on he was gonna do and turned, come right down there, toward me, and when I seen him plant his feet, to make this jump on the log, I come up from the other side of the log, head on. My nose was within ???bout two inches of his, and I said ???Boo!??? just as loud as I could holler, right in his face, and, and he stopped and his eyes just turned red.

I don???t know what exactly was going through his mind, but I figured that, I figured afterwards that, uh, when I seen what was chasing him, that he had figured that this other bear had somehow or another got around in front of him. And he just couldn???t figure that out. And he pretty near had heart trouble, but he turned on this log and he took off down this tree, and the last time I seen him, he was going over, his tail was going over the mountain.

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