Riverside man still going strong at 88

| March/April 1980

    CHET CRAMER STILL GOING AT 88. He was early day railroader and riverboat man.


Reprinted from the WENATCHEE WORLD with permission from Wilfred R. Woods, and submitted by Walt Thayer.

RIVERSIDE-You might be able slow Chet Cramer down a bit, but you'll have a hard time stopping him.

After 88 years filled with bruises, close calls and plain hard work, Cramer is still going strong.

Cramer, one of Okanogan County's old timers, has lived in the county off and on since he came here from Montana 69 years ago.

In his first few years here, Cramer was part of something that revolutionized life in the nearly empty county--construction of the old Great Northern rail line up the Okanogan Valley.

Working on the railroad was not an easy life for Cramer, who had two close brushes with the great beyond.