Growing up, Paul Skirvin milked a lot of cows.
“Dad went and borrowed the money,” he says. “And before we was through milking cows, we was milking about 60 head.”
This was outside of Portland in the 1930s and '40s. Skirvin was too young to fight in World War II. Soon after it ended he received a quick lesson in economics when he and his brother were hired to log off their neighbor’s land.
“We milked those cows all month and about the same as we’d make in a week logging.” he says.