When William E. Boeing left Yale University in 1903 at 22 and went west to start a new life in Grays Harbor, Washington, for opportunities in the timber industry, little did he know how well the experience would serve him in the fledgling aviation world.
William ‘Bill’ Boeing began learning the logging business on his own, starting with land and mineral rights that he had inherited from his mother’s estate. Subsequently, the purchase of more timberland began to add to the wealth he had inherited, and he started to explore new frontiers supplying expeditions to Alaska.
In 1908, William moved to Seattle to establish the Greenwood Timber Company. Already enchanted with airplanes, he attended an aviation meet in 1910 in Los Angeles. Five years later, Thomas Hamilton, the founder of Hamilton Metalplane Co., introduced Boeing to U.S. Navy engineer Lt. G. Conrad Westervelt.
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