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Burke Native to Share History of Family's Logging Business

Burke Historical Society meets on Sunday, May 20 at 4 p.m.

Delbert (Bill) Sheads has seen many changes in Burke. His father and uncle founded a timbering business and operated a mobile saw mill at various sites within Fairfax, Fauquier, and Culpeper Counties.

Born in Burke in 1923, Sheads worked in Fairfax for the family business, scouting for, selecting, cutting and hauling the timber from which much of the construction in Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., would be made.

Sheads will be speaking about the history of logging in the Burke area at Sunday's Burke Historical Society general meeting, which begins at 4 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the . 

Joining Sheads will be Jon Vrana, president of the Burke Historical Society, and chair of the group's Research Committee.  When he is not busy with society business and historical research, Vrana stays active with a number of like-minded organizations, including the .  His research of late has focused on the importance and operations of logging during the mid-19thcentury.

The meeting is free and open to all.

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Please note that this month's BHS meeting is on May 20 instead of the last Sunday of the month, in order to avoid conflicts with Memorial Day weekend.

Brian Slawski supplied this information to Burke Patch.

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