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After 45 years, 'Grampa' Galster clocking out for last time


April 4, 2018

SAM GALSTER, here fueling up in the early morning during his final week on the job, is retiring after 45 years at the Foster plywood mill.

Retirement could perhaps be most appreciated by someone who has invested most his life in the same company.

One of Sweet Home's own residents has earned the right to this sense of pride.

Sam Galster is set to retire from the Murphy Plywood mill in Foster, colloquially known as "Foster Mill," on April 5, following 45 years of employment. He started when the mill was owned by Willamette Industries, stuck with it through the Weyerhaeuser years, and will say goodbye to what is now Murphy Company.

"Sam's got quite a legacy with this plant; we're very proud of him," said John Murphy, Sr., owner...

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