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Editorial on Stumphouse Man in Portland Oregonian

Also see Original Courier-Times 1948 story and Journal introduction to Beletsky
Also see Joanne Brawley's extensive corrections to the original 1948 Courier story.

Part Two of the Pete Beletsky series
Undated follow-up article in Sedro-Woolley Courier-Times, 1948
(Pete Bielecki and his stump)
Pete Beletsky and his stump

      [Courier-Times ed. note 1948: The following article is an editorial which recently appeared in the Portland Oregonian, an outstanding daily newspaper. Mrs. Everett Mack, who grew up near Sedro-Woolley and who is always interested in happenings in this vicinity, sent the clipping and picture to the Courier-Times. This week seeral persons have claimed tht living in a stump is not new to this district. To the majority, however, it appears that Peter Bilecki's home in a stump is a new idea. Journal ed. note 2011: As is explained in the main story, his name on official documents was Peter Beletsky.]
Residence in a stump
      One of Mother Goose's old women solved th4e housing problem by living n a shoe. And then, of course, there was the crooked pedestrian who walked a crooked mile and after a sequence of crooked adventures died happily with a a crooked cat in a crooked house. And, oh yes, so was the mouse.
      But a story on our own front page the other day, with a picture, was the first time ever we heard of anybody living in a stump as a solution to the housing problem, which is what Peter Bilecki of Sedro-Woolley is doing. It appears that Pete simply would not be stumped and so now he is, but you know very well what me mean.
      Cedar is beautiful wood and moreover it is virtually timeless, so rot-resistant it is and moths give it a wide berth and we fancy that Mr. Bilecki had these advantages in mind when he chose a sizable cedar stump and emulated the woodpecker, an eminently sensible bird in most respects.

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      We have heard of a man who built a house out of cedar and there seemed to be something in the essence of the wood that discouraged paint, but the tenant of the fragrant cedar stump confronts no such problem. For the weathering of a cedar stump is one of the dark woman's dearest formulas and the tenant has a silver house in the wildwood.
      Oh, one can think of many advantages of living in a cedar stump, nor is the saving of money the chiefest of them. To reside in a cedar stump, with a half dozen good books to read — one of them Walden, — would so effectually educate a man that presently few, if any of the urgent, exaggerated, terrifying and perplexing problems of this worried old world any longer would stump him. The wild rabbit would come to his doorway, the deer to his spring.

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