Authors & Acknowledgements

About the Authors

ARCHIE SATTERFIELD grew up in the Missouri Ozarks. After serving four years in the Navy, he attended St. Louis University and the University of Missouri before moving to Seattle in 1959 and receiving a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Washington. He lived int he Pacific Northwest many years working first as a reporter, then eventually an editor and columnist in the Seaside (Oregon) signal, Longview (Washington) Daily News, and the Seattle Times and Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He was founding editor of the regional magazine, Northwest Living, and edited the Museum of Flight News and Enetai, a magazine for riders of the Washington State Ferries.

In 1987 he became a full time writer of books and articles on history, travel and popular culture. He also wrote commissioned histories for clients such as Alaska Airlines, Tillamook Cheese, Crescent Foods, the City of Edmonds, Washington, and Trillium Corporation of Bellingham, Washington.

His 40-plus books have been published by a variety of national and regional publishing houses. Some have been in print more that thirty years.

His history and travel articles appeared in numerous magazines, including The History Channel Magazine, Porthole, Travel Holiday, Sunterre magazine, Missouri Life, Robb Report, Mobil Motorist, Sunset, Hong Kong Tatler, Volta ao Mundo (Portugal), and numerous North American newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, the Dallas Morning News, the Arizona Daily Star and the Toronto Globe and Mail. His second book for Countryman Press, Backroads & Byways of Washington, was published in June, 2010. His first book for Countryman in this series was on Missouri. He has put several of his older books back into circulation via Amazon’s Kindle and assorted other internet resources His last work was the history of Sundt Construction, which he finished in 2011 just prior to his death at the age of 78.

CHARLES A. BOYD is the corporate director of Business Development and Marketing Administration for Sundt Construction, Inc. He is a longtime employee with a deep interest in the company’s history. He wrote “The First 100 Years,” a compendium of the company’s historical achievements, in 1990.

He is a Tucson native and graduate of the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing. Prior to joining Sundt in 1985 he was the director of KOLD-TV in Tucson, a senior public relations representative for Arizona Public Service Company in Phoenix, and vice president of a Tucson public relations agency.

From 1982 through 1992 he was also a member of the University of Arizona’s adjunct faculty, where he taught public relations in the Marketing Department of the College of Business and Public Administration. He is also an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America.

Authors: Archie Satterfield, Charles A. Boyd
Researcher: Elaine Raines


  • M.M. Sundt Construction Co. “From Small Beginnings…” by Eugene Sundt, President Albuquerque Gravel Products, and W.E. Naumann, Chairman of the Board, M.M. Sundt Construction Co. Published by the Newcomen Society in North America. 1975.
  • Job 444. By Gene Sundt, Unpublished manuscript
  • Reflections of a Construction Foot Soldier, by Robert Stout Sundt. Uncopyrighted. Published in a limited edition.
  • Sundt Corp. 1890 – 1990: The First 100 Years. Edited by Charles Boyd
  • Construction in the United States: Under the Quartermaster General and the Chief of Engineers. By Lenore Fine and Jesse A. Remington. Chapter XX: Atomic Mission. Historical Division Office of the Chief of Engineers.
  • The History of Sundt…a series of newsletter articles by Cornell Collins.

This book on the history of Sundt Construction was commissioned in 2010 to commemorate the company’s 120th anniversary.

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