by Jane Davidson Malik
June 26, 2004
Thanks for the wonderful article about Swede Risland. He was
a good friend of my dad, Floyd Davidson. And he made a pre-adolescent
girl of 12 feel like queen of the world. He gave me my first
earrings -- five-pointed crystal stars that he bought in San
Francisco! Wow! I still wear them on special occasions.
My family moved from Ketchikan
in 1962, but in the late '70's or early '80's a call came to
my folk's house from a man here in Virginia. He just wanted
to connect with my dad because Swede had helped his daughter
in Ketchikan. When asked what the family could do in return,
Swede said to call his friend Floyd. Swede worked his wonders
for many years and keeps a place in our hearts even now, so many
years and mile away.
Rest in peace, Swede!
Jane Davidson Malik
Alexandria, Virginia - USA
Remembering 'Swede' Risland (1915-1991);The
town's most memorable logger
by June Allen
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