As the story goes, Heather Gobet’s great-grandparents, Mickey and Dorothy Weygandt, lived on a farm in Canby, and grew Chinese medicinal herbs ginseng and goldenseal and traded with China.

One year the Chinese proposed to trade fireworks in exchange for the herbs as payment due. It’s how the family got into the fireworks business, and Western Fireworks came to be. Gobet remembers stories of her great-grandmother going to the train depot to ship fireworks all over the United States.

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