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Paula Bruggemann was born in 1940 in the agricultural community of White Bluffs, Washington. Their father owned a prosperous fruit farm along the Columbia River before the U.S. government forced the family, including Paula and her brother Ludwig Bruggemann, to relocate in 1943 to make way for construction of the Hanford Site.

Paula Bruggemann's Timeline
1940 Born in White Bluffs, Washington.
1943 Forced to leave family farm by the government to make way for the Hanford Site.

Bruggerman Ranch.

The Bruggemann Ranch House

Eviction letter from the War Department, 1943

Ludwig and Paula Bruggemann as children. Photo courtesy of Debbie Holm.

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