2018 Biographies

FRANK ELD

Frank is Founder of the Long Valley Preservation Society, Roseberry, Idaho, a historic townsite with 25 buildings.  Nine of these were constructed by the Finnish immigrants who homesteaded in the area around 1900.  Six are made of hand hewn logs.  Frank has been the coordinator for this project since he helped found it over forty years ago.
Frank has documented  log construction throughout the United States and Canada, focusing on the Finnish.  He was born and raised in a Finnish community in Idaho, where his father and maternal grandparents homesteaded. Upon graduation from Columbia University, New York, he became an educator in Pennsylvania and New Jersey before returning to Idaho. An avid historian and preservationist, Frank began his historical passion as a boy of 12, restoring an old family pump organ.  The year he graduated from college, he purchased the old Roseberry General Store building and helped establish the Museum.
Frank was a teacher, business owner, and county commissioner before retiring in 2010. He wrote Finnish Log Construction, The Art.
Frank is a lecturer and a 2009 recipient of Preservation Idaho’s Orchid Award, recognizing over forty years in preservation.
Frank’s recent research has focused on the New Sweden Colony area of Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey where the first Finns & Swedes arrived in 1638.  He recently designed a permanent exhibit on log construction for the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation’s new visitor center in Wilmington, Delaware.

 

IRENE MARTIN

Irene Martin was born in England, raised in Canada, and has been a forty-year resident of the United States.  She is a writer, fisher, and Episcopal priest.  Her numerous books include Legacy and Testament:  The Story of Columbia River Gillnetters, The Beach of Heaven which is a history of Wahkiakum County, Lewis and Clark in the Land of the Wahkiakums, and Sea Fire, Tales of Jesus and Fishing.  Irene is also the author of the video, “Work is Our Joy:  A History of Columbia River Gillnetters,” produced by a Oregon Sea Grant.  Her History of the Columbia River Packers Association and the Bumble Bee Seafoods was published in 2011 by the Chinook Observer Publishing Company.
She is the recipient of several awards, including the James B. Castles award in 1998 and the Washington Governor’s Heritage Award in 2000. Irene lives in Skamokawa, WA, with her husband, Kent.

 

BRYAN PENTTILA

Bryan Penttila is a Naselle High School graduate and graduate of Eastern Washington University in 2001 where he earned a B.A. in History.   Bryan lives in Naselle and works in the woods in Oregon.  His first love is the outdoors:  working in the woods, photographing wildlife, and fishing.  He has had his works published in several historical quarterlies and written Columbia River:  The Astoria Odyssey, contributed to When Logging Was Logging published by the Appelo Archives Center, and collaborated with Peter Brix to write The Brix Logging Story, In the Woods of Washington and Oregon.