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Local man recounts life before Ritzville

Bill Sager grew up in Ephrata area

- Editor's Note: This is the first in a three-part series on William 'Bill' Sager. Part 2 will publish June 7.

RITZVILLE - For William "Bill" Sager hard times began early.

His parents and four older siblings lived in a small trailer near his birthplace in Ontario, Ore. One scary night all the kids, including 3-year-old Bill, slept on cots outside under the stars.

When coyotes howled and circled nearby, his mother crammed the children inside the tiny trailer to keep them safe. It was one of the now 74-year-old Sager's earliest memories.

His father was often away working road construction jobs....


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