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"A Rough Ride"

Wayne Vanvolkenburg writes:

My grandfather, John VanVolkenburg, worked for several of the logging companies that operated in the Vansickle area. People who knew him said that he was a hard man to keep up to in the woods. One spring, while moving logs over the Deer Lake dam, he lost his footing and was swept over the dam. Though he thought his lungs might burst, he managed to hold his breath long enough to make it to calmer water.
He claimed that he was the only person to survive this experience. Anyone that has seen what the water flow is like at this location in the spring, would have a hard time believing that this was possible.

John VanVolkenburg 1943