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Harvey Henry was born in Bellingham, Washington, and in 1976, at age eighteen, he began working in the Alaska salmon canning industry. Throughout his career, he worked seasonally at canneries in Larsen Bay, Excursion Inlet, Uganik, and South Naknek, Alaska. Harvey held a variety of positions through the years, including seamer man, filler man, can shop machinist, first machinist, and shop machinist. His work involved making sure the machinery and equipment used in the cannery was operating properly, that the canning line ran smoothly and efficiently, and in some cases meant fabricating parts when they were not otherwise readily available. During the winter, Harvey and his wife, Janet, and their two daughters lived in Deming, Washington. Harvey stopped working in Alaska canneries in 1995.