Loggers Hall of Fame inducts 8 new members
Permanent home to be opened in Dodson by early 2013, sponsor announces

The Brave, The Few, The Proud, they say about the U.S. Marines. A parade of family, friends, and associates spent an evening bestowing similar praise on the newest group of Louisiana Loggers Hall of Fame inductees during the fifth induction ceremony at the Central Louisiana Technical Community College auditorium in Winnfield on September 14.

Eight honorees, five living, three deceased, were recognized in the ceremony, which was attended by over 200 family members and guests. Whether individuals who worked as day laborers for others, or major logging contractors who employed many in their operations, the theme was the same: they were and are committed to a way of life that requires total involvement, physically, financially, and emotionally in order to succeed--not a career for the faint-hearted.

Two of the 2012 inductees, Dennis Aucoin of Clinton, LA, and Tony McManus of Winnfield, are active logging contractors with major operations in their regions.

Aucoin was introduced by Buck Vandersteen, executive director of the Louisiana Forestry Association, who related his accomplishments in the logging industry, as well as his involvement in public affairs in his community.

McManus, of Winnfield, was introduced by two daughters, Kacey and Toni, who praised their dad as a family man committed to his work, his community, and the forest industry.

Two more of the inductees are individuals who have spent their working lifetime in support of their families and community through hard work under often trying circumstances.

Charles Earl Lasyone of Dodson was introduced by two sons, Bryan and Shannon, who attribute their success in life to what their father taught them about the value of hard work under all circumstances.

Chester Smith of Joyce, introduced by his daughter, Sissy Gunville, worked through good times and hard times to make a good life for his family.

Martin L. Gardner of Lake Providence is retired from logging, where he spent many years as a contractor. He was presented by his daughter, Allison Sullivan.

Three of the honorees, deceased after long careers, were recognized through presentations by family members.

Thomas B. Plunkett, and Clarence Shelton both of Atlanta, and Glyn Simons of Winnfield, join the Hall of Fame, which now numbers 35 members since beginning in 2006.

Special gifts to the new Hall of Fame members were presented by Jimmy Standley, executive director of Louisiana Loggers Association Self Insured Fund, and by Rick Barlow, representing The Timbermen's Fund of Winnfield.

A special edition of The Piney Woods Journal is planned to commemorate the opening of the permanent home of The Louisiana Loggers Hall of Fame in Dodson early next year. Biographies of each of the 35 members will be included, along with articles on the history and development of the forest industry in Louisiana. The Hall of Fame Museum will be housed in the location of the former S.H. Gaar & Son Grocery in Dodson, which is being prepared for the event.

Persons having artifacts, including photographs, tools, documents, personal and family histories, are invited to make them available to The Piney Woods Journal for display in the Hall of Fame Museum.

Louisiana Loggers Hall of Fame inductees and representatives, from left to right, Billy Plunkett (partially hidden) for father, Thomas Plunkett, Dennis Aucoin, Martin Gardner, Earl Lasyone, Tony McManus, Jill Cox for her father Glyn Simons, Cloy Shelton and Cele Shelton Thompson for Clarence Shelton, and Chester Smith.