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Mill reflects on history of Amber, Wash., originally settled by the Calverts


Ron Mill

As the Watermelon Hill fire blazed near Ron Mill's family property, he refused to leave after years of work put into caring for it. The Calvert side of Mill's family first settled in the Amber area in 1884.

Ron Mill has many memories of his growing up in Amber, Wash. When he was only 5 years old, the district encouraged all parents to have their children vaccinated. Ron doesn't remember what it was for exactly. When you read what happened to him, you will understand why he chose to forget.

Several kids in the school and others who should have known better, teased Ron by telling him the needle for the vaccination was five feet long. Ron decided that he didn't need such a horrible thing pointed at him and ran away.

"I could run very fast and they had to work to catch me and pull me, protesting...

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