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Stories Of Southern Oregon: WWI Draft-Dodgers In The Woods

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The country was ablaze in patriotic fervor 100 years ago, coming down from the high of having won World War I with less than two full years of American involvement.  But not everybody got on the war bandwagon.

This month's edition of Stories of Southern Oregon visits with retired Mail Tribune writer Paul Fattig.  He wasn't around for the war, but two of Fattig's uncles hid out in what is now the Kalmiopsis Wilderness during the war, refusing to take part in the fight and living off the land. 

Fattig tells the story in his latest book, Madstone.  He visits the studio with highlights. 

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