Richard G. Austin born c. Austin lived in the Virginia section of Rumford all his school age years with an exception of a year when he lived in Boston. Dick took up weight training at age 13 and has continued that training habit to this day. In at the age of 17 he quit school and went to work for the Gulf Oil Co. At age 20 he went to work for Oxford Paper Co.
70th anniversary of Wilton Logger’s at Baseball World Series
Austin, 81, of Rumford, you go to Las Vegas and win another championship. In addition to his first place win, Austin also broke the world record for bench pressing in his age category by benching pounds. Austin, who just returned from Las Vegas, laughed and brushed off the accolades. This year, I benched To me, it just feels like another day.
Second Row: Harold Jackson Sec. This month marks the 70th anniversary of one of the more phenomenal events in the history of baseball in Franklin County; the Wilton Loggers qualification for the Amateur Baseball World Series in Battle Creek, Michigan. Teammates Herb Austin and Vance Wells, the only surviving team players, recently reminisced with this writer about that remarkable season of baseball. In preparation for this series and under the rules of the American Baseball Congress, the Loggers were allowed to pick up two players from other Timber League teams to supplement their roster.