named outstanding logger
Courtesy PhotoWILLIAM ROBERTSON and his wife Susan receive the Texas Logger of the Year award for 2006 from Texas Logging Council Coordinator Paul Hale, at left.
...William Robertson, member of a pioneer Upshur County family, brought home the Texas Outstanding Logger of the Year Award, presented by the Texas Logging Council at the 2006 Forest Fun Day and Equipment Show in Lufkin on May 13.
wife, the former Susan Johnson, began Robertson Logging in 1972, and are charter members of the Texas Logging Council
.He was past president of the Logging Council Chapter 1, and is a member of the Texas Forestry Association.
Susan served as secretary-treasurer of the Logging Council Chapter 1
for several years.The Robertson family has been in the wood business for four generations.William's grandfather, William Osborn Robertson
, represented the fourth generation of the family in Texas, and the first for the wood business.
began helping his father (Oscar) in the woods at an early age.
...William was 16 when Oscar started selling pulpwood for $18 per cord to Clayton B. Willis, owner of Gilmer Post Company.
"We were responsible for loading two train cars a week, but only had two days to get them loaded once they were spotted on the yard," William
said."Sometimes the train cars were left in the spot that they were supposed to be left, and sometimes they were not."When they dropped them off too far down the track, we had to drag them down to the right spot with the truck and then unload the truck by hand, loading the wood over onto the train car.If we went over two days to get them loaded, there was a $50 per day merging fee for each day over that."After loading by hand for several years, William
bought a brand new Chevrolet C-60 in 1969, rigging it with a drag axle and a Fink brand stick loader, spending a total of $5,500."Daddy told me I would never pay for it," William recalls."Every time I bought anything with a significant price, Daddy was skeptical and thought we would surely go broke."It only took 14 months for William
to prove his
dad wrong when he
made the last payment on the truck as he
paid for it with a payback play of $2 per cord.By then William
and Oscar were selling wood to the International Paper Company
yard at Gilmer, where it was railed to Springhill, La.
later bought a new 208 Timberjack cable skidder, then a Bobcat loader, easing the strain of hand and stick loading.
Their son, Bill
, is involved in the logging part of the business.
was taught to always be honest.
will be featured on the cover of Texas Logger Magazine
, to be on the newsstand next week.He
will also be featured in Southern Logging Times
, a national magazine, in August.Robertson
will be competing in the Southern Regional Finals, then the winner of that competition will go to the National Finals.