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A Montana sapphire fit for a king

The Reporter's Notebook


Last updated 11/7/2018 at 10:12am

Meet the late Will Chaussee. On the outside, he was a cedar lumber owner-dealer. On the inside, he was a mountain man, and he owned a sapphire mine between Hamilton and Philipsburg, Montana.

He retired and annually invited me to his place up in the mountains, where we fished, explored a bit and told stories that were mostly true.

He had returned to Bothell on business and looked in on me at the...

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