Love of local lumber

Geore Hawley's passion for local lumber stock has fed his sawmill for more than half a century. His sawmill is on a farm that's been passed down from generation to generation since the mid 1800s.

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March 5, 2020 - 10:20 AM

George Hawley of rural LaHarpe stands in front of a tall stack of recently felled and planed Kansas lumber. Photo by Trevor Hoag / Iola Register

Emerging from the barn next to a massive blue log-skidder, George Hawley grins beneath his cap as he surveys several enormous slices of timber that litter the nearby field. 

The 75-year-old Hawley is undaunted by the difficulty of his work, given a passion he describes as “a fire in the belly.” 

“How do I explain where my heart is?” he later asked. 

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