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Rimwood Tales by doddelbacke

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Rimwood Tales is my autobiography, my struggle to survive and to find a better life.
I was Born in Rimbach i/O Germany, on March 15, 1931. In 1933 when I was two years old we moved to Weinheim an der Bergstrasse. There I went to school and I still wonder today how we managed to learn anything. Most of the time we were sitting in the basement because of air-raids. In 1945 I started my apprenticeship as an industrial electrician.
In 1951 I decided to seek greener pastures in Canada. We arrived in Halifax in November and took the train to Winnipeg. After tree days we got a job in a logging camp west of Calgary. We worked there for six weeks. My next job was as a lineman in Drumheller. In the summer of 1951 we decided to follow that old saying: Go West young man. We had several jobs in Vancouver and eventually I ended up in a sawmill in Youbou, Vancouver Island.
In 1957 the girls in the hen-house, as it was called, put on a birthday party for me and invited some of their friends. Among them was a cute redhead; it was love at first sight and eight weeks later we were married. We decided to have our honeymoon in Germany in order to introduce my lovely wife and see my family.
Back home again I found a new job in Honeymoon Bay and I worked there till the mill shut down in 1981. In the meantime we bought some lakefront property and built a small cabin. Later on we saw some acreage for sale and bought it. We cleared the land, built a small sawmill and raised three children there.
In 1981 the mill shut down and the company arranged for a welding course for any employee that wanted to participate. I did and found that I really enjoyed welding. This allowed me to build all kinds of machines, some of which can be seen in the picture section of this book.
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Hi! I was born in Germany in 1931 and grew up during Hitler's insane war. This proved to be a bit of a drag with all the air-raids we had to endure. That lunatic sure caused a lot of suffering. In 1945 I started my apprenticeship as an industrial electrician and in due time received my ticket. Jobs were hard to get and eventually I decided to look for greener pastures in Canada. This turned out the best decision I ever made and I wouldn't want to live in any other country. I worked myself across the country and finally settled on Vancouver Island. There I met this cute little redhead and eight weeks later we got married. Eventually we bought five acres, developed a small homestead, built a sawmill (Bellsaw) and raised two girls and one boy. We also built a small cabin on the shores of Lake Cowichan. In the summer the whole family goes there on weekends; it is fun to watch our six grandchildren diving and swimming in the lake. I worked in a local sawmill as an electrician till 1981 when the mill shut down. By that time we had quite a bit of money saved up, which combined with my severance pay allowed us to live in comfort, without any frills of course. To be truly happy we just have to limit our desires. Of course we had large gardens and didn't have to spend much money on food. In the meantime our three offsprings left, the gardens are only 50% the size we had before, but we are still pretty well feeding ourselves. Besides happily playing in my large "sand-box" I managed to publish three books: Rimwood Tales, my autobiography, The Canduit Project, a positive timeline for mankind and Gedichte im zwei Finger Tact, poems in German. Since I grew up during a world-war I always hoped that we would overcome our tendency to start them but it hasn't happened; but where there is life there is hope.
Werner Rettig

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