Alan Edward Rafuse

“When they were cutting down all the trees and the Seaway … The river was still there but they had started cutting down trees and moving buildings and all this.

And, on the south side, there was a point. When you were coming down the river, there was a point and there was one big lone pine tree on that point and there was a period, a certain course you were steering, you headed … the pilot would tell you to steer on the pine tree.

So I was coming down there the last trip and when he mentioned, he says, ‘Steer on the pine tree.’ I looked out and there was no pine tree. They’d cut it down.

So I questioned him, ‘What pine tree?’ So he looked out and he noticed the pine tree was gone.

That was the first time I’d seen a grown man cry.

And that was his last trip.”

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