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George W. English - in CONWAY
English served as manager of all the operations for the first five years. In 1902 a young schoolteacher arrived from Missouri, James O'Hearne. James taught school for a brief time, in Concrete before he started working for English. O'Hearne started as a flunky (working in the cookhouse), but soon advanced to the skid road (moving logs from the forest to the railroad), and from there to scaler (measured board feet in a log). In 1907 English promoted him to camp superintendent and he stayed in that position until English died in 1930.

They then extended east to Camp 4 on the east shore of Lake Sixteen [four miles due east of Conway]. They placed the camp at the present site of the YMCA Camp.  The men logged the hill to the Peter Johnson Road and up Johnson Creek.

During those years English expanded his payroll to 150 and added much new machinery. In 1916, he bought the first duplex loader in the region. It had two motors, and could give out cable on one drum and bring it in on the other, all in one motion, which sped up loading greatly.

At that camp, they also started used a skidder, a skyline that dragged the logs with one end in the air, and in 1920 they bought an 80-ton Ohio Crane, which was self-propelled so they could move it anywhere on their railroad. They used the crane mainly for loading, yarding and picking up odds and ends that couldn't be reached or were unhandy for the yarder to get at.   

The English camps generated their own electricity for both lighting the camp and running small engines. Every camp had a library and a baseball field, to keep the men occupied as well as happy. That resulted in generally very good relations between employer and employee. Many of those employees were new immigrants, predominantly from Scandinavian and Slavic countries. And many of those employees stayed on in the valley and farmed, with the English Company's help, on cleared-off land near the camps. Conway was a town that was able to prosper through thick and thin because of its market proximity and a good share now living there either worked for English or their parents did. Summing up, English helped get the economy of the county going again in the 1930s and, he attracted solid newcomers who wound up farming and logging all over the county.

English's first camp began two miles east of Conway as Camp 1 or Headquarters. There is still a community at HQ. That was to remain the center of operations for everything that went on in the other 11 camps. It had a blacksmith shop, office buildings, cookhouse and bunkhouses for 100 men, a large water tank for the locomotives and a modern machine shop to take care of the locomotives and the company's other machinery. A railroad spur was built south to the Tom Moore Slough near MILLTOWN.
The images below, with the words copied from the Skagit River Journal  describe what information I can find.