F. K. Weyerhaeuser: A Biography
Frederick King Weyerhaeuser, eldest male of the Weyerhaeuser lumbering family’s third generation, may not have matched his grandfather Frederick in fame or power, but among the progeny none was more widely known and respected--and, within the family, loved--than he was. How his talents and dedication helped make the Weyerhaeuser name synonymous with the lumbering industry and the clan one of the closest knit in the country is the book’s focus.
While his brother, Phil, ran the Weyerhaeuser Timber Company in the Pacific Northwest, F.K. remained in St. Paul and took responsibility for the Weyerhaeuser Sales Company over three decades, beginning in the 1930s. Along with marketing Weyerhaeuser’s products and insuring a demand for them, F.K. gradually took on more responsibilities that came with doing big business in the post-New Deal era, chief among them public relations. Other interests attracted F.K. as well--history, forestry, and opportunities for expanding the Weyerhaeuser empire.
This is an intimate, detailed story of F.K. the businessman and patriarch and the life he led with his wife, Vivian O’Gara Weyerhaeuser, and their two daughters on St. Paul’s Summit Avenue. It is also the third volume in Charles Twining’s biographical history of today’s Weyerhaeuser Company.
Based on company correspondence and records, family letters and reminiscences, and interviews, the book is a unique, behind-the-scenes look at an influential family and its forest products company over half a century.
CHARLES E. TWINING is a consulting historian, former professor of history at Northland College, Ashland, Wisconsin, and former historian for the Weyerhaeuser Company in Tacoma, Washington.