From the logging camps (3)


It is just too hard to leave Port Renfrew, so, you’ll not hear of life in  Corner Brook, NL, or the BC environs of Victoria, Port Alberni, Great Central Lake, or Nanaimo, just yet. OK, maybe even after mentions of Lake Cowichan, Chemainus,  and the Malahat, too.

And, if my dear cuz Barb has her way, we might see Attle, after visiting Vancouver. Who knows?  Now, she was a later, co-granddaughter to the miner, James Dickson,  who was the subject of “Double Genealogy: the Adoption Witness.” By this time of his life, he was tending to rescue and safety issues in mines across BC.  He and Nana now lived in the big city, Victoria.  City folk, it is said, repair to places rural, to get away from it all.  Maybe not the middle of the woods.  Instead, we got away from it all, by visiting grandparents, in the city. Big brother, John and I rolled logs all the way to Victoria, or, were seasick on the Maquinna.  Are we there, yet?

The first blog post to “From the Logging Camps” showed Mum, with John and myself, on a logging truck. I sourced that picture from a scrapbook Pop put together.1 This “post it” is from PG 2A and lays under the picture of the truck. It explains how it emerged in the middle of the forest, to where no road led.  (I decided to publish Pop’s work. See notes and sources, below.)

Port Renfrew Pg 2A from Marilee Wein Scrapbook © 2018

To begin at the beginning, here is Pop’s scrapbook PG 1, along with its referenced picture of Mum and John. Oh, and our house, along with another.    If you’d like to see pictures of skidder/loaders or 90 ton shay locomotives, well, stay tuned. Trestles, too. Maybe even, a tree. Or, at least, a cone.

Port Renfrew Pg 1 Marilee Wein Scrapbook © 2018


Photo duo “houses” from Marilee Wein Scrapbook © 2018

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  1. John Oliver Hemmingsen (1913-2008) authored this scrapbook. All postings and pictures are from his family collection. Posthumously published at this blog under its copyright, below.
  2. Note: John Dickson Hemmingsen and his wife Cherie, are authors of two inspirational books:     “2000 Days in China” ISBN # 978-1-60264-538-7 and “Gifted Life: a Healing Odyssey”  The latter is a free online booklet.


2 thoughts on “From the logging camps (3)

  1. Hi Marilee. Thanks for including me. I am not yet adept at WordPress, so I hope I have followed everything I can. This brings back memories and shadow memories. I will keep looking for your postings to keep reading. …. Joanne


    1. So glad to see you here, Joanne! I am also not yet WordPress adept, so website has been a challenge. Also, the only real pictures I have, as opposed to old prints of scans – that do not do well online – are those Pop put in his scrapbook. Thanks Pop! So, as you read, if you have anything you’d like posted, I’d love to post it. Marilee


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