Mill Town Boy is an American story of immigration, the Great Depression, war, and peace. Raymond Fosheim grew up in a Norwegian-American family in one of the most beautiful places on earth, Everett, Washington. Everett was the lumber capital of the northwest United States and was proudly referred to as 'Mill Town' or 'The City of Smokestacks.' Mill Town Boy is not just a biography of a man but also of a city and a region.
The author, Gene Fosheim, is Raymond's son, also a lifelong Everett resident. In his foreword prominent local historian Jack O'Donnell states, "Blessed by his father's diary that Fosheim rescued from the trash, a trove of family photographs, oral interviews of his father, his interest in hearing the family stories as a small child and a love of travel, he has created a unique and thorough family memento. Read this heartwarming family history and learn a lot about Everett history as well."
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About the Author
Gene began his working career in 1974 as a designer at the Boeing Commercial Airplane Company on the 747 and 767 aircraft. After eight years he followed his passion and left Boeing to become a college instructor, teaching in the architecture and engineering fields for twenty-five years. Gene also owns a business restoring and renting historic Everett homes and apartments.
Gene is a founding board member of Historic Everett, President of the Everett Museum of History and a former member and chair of the City of Everett Historic Commission. He also is active in numerous local and national professional organizations.
Gene enjoys travel in America and has visited forty-nine states. He also enjoys exploring and studying art and architecture in Europe. Gene loves hiking, reading, photography, fishing, model making, writing, and researching historic subjects. He also spends much of his time working in his two acre wildlife garden. His latest hobby is pretending to be a writer.