Our last post of Memoirs saw Humbird-Weyerhaeuser continue Matt Hemmingsen's employment despite his taking an extended "family leave"; quite the unusual accommodation for 1907. He repaid such patience by clearing the company's long standing logjam on British Columbia's Tsolum River. Shortly thereafter, he quit the job on-the-spot, on account of a horse. Humbird had called … Continue reading Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: Lake Cowichan Float-home; Democrat Wagon for Old Logging Horse Billie
Like American families across the country, sons of great grandfather, Ole Hemmingson, dutifully registered with US WW I Draft Boards. All, that is, but Matt, who had migrated to Canada. We know his patriotic heart, though, for in his Memoirs, he detailed his unsuccessful bid to enlist for the Spanish American War.1 PAUL HEMMINGSON (1903-1995): … Continue reading Of Armistice: Boy-Soldier Descendants of Ole Hemmingson (1851-1903)
Torger was the step-son of our great grandfather, Ole Hemmingson. He was born in 1887 Norway, the first child of Alette Ingebrigtsdatter. He passed in 1911, a bachelor of about twenty-four years. His death was accidental, as told by the daughter of his half-sister, Mildred. We know him as family. Yet, he is elusive to … Continue reading The Adoption Witness On Ancestry: Tøger Arneson Or Torger Hemmingson, son of Alette Ingebrigtsdatter
We are pleased to share some early photos of Matt's adored elder sister, the unforgettable Etta Church. It was she who detained in Norway with him for over a year; two preteens pining to join their parents and siblings in America. In late November 1887, they did just that.1 Matt credited her, in his Memoirs, … Continue reading Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: Intermission; Etta Weds, Photos ca 1900
We interrupt delivery of Matt Hemmingsen's Memoirs to offer updates on the story we have told so far. They have been graciously provided by formerly "long-lost" kin discovered through our genealogical pursuit.1,2 That is always our hope, and their information is treasured, even when it proves uncomfortable. These new details and photos concern his half-siblings … Continue reading Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1867) Memoirs: Intermission For Updates; From Bad To Worse.
As our last post closed, Matt Hemmingsen was mourning the death of his young wife of two years, the lovely Caroline Dybedal.1 The couple had made their way to Chemainus on Vancouver Island by June 1906, to relocate and for Matt to apply his technical expertise to an intractable logging debacle. But an emerging illness … Continue reading Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: Family Leave circa 1907 and Epic Tsolum River Logjam
Over the last several posts we saw that resource depletion around the Great Lakes was causing logging operations to move ever westward. Our Matt Hemmingson of Wisconsin ran river drives on the Upper Mississippi, and harvested logs in North Dakota. But the crushing death of his brother, Harry, in the woods of Minnesota late 1900, … Continue reading Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: A Lumbering Bait and Switch.
Our Matt Hemmingson, already an accomplished logger at 18, proudly asserted “Cant hook work (rolling and lifting logs) could be mastered only by the most skillful, strong, and agile and those not allergic to long hours of work … “.1 That was 1894. His 1900 counter, “After Harry’s funeral, I decided against any further cant … Continue reading Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: Healing On A Logging Horse – THUD.
Last post saw Mathias Hemmingsen work his cant hook on a river drive down the Upper Mississippi and then use his canny white water skills to clear a log jam around Red Lake Falls.1 That was May 1900 in northwestern Minnesota. It was time for a rest. Matt apparently took the break back home in … Continue reading Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: Brother Harry; Death by Logging in 1900 – Obit in 2019.
This, Part VI, continues the memoirs of our grandfather, Matt Hemmingsen, the pioneer lumberman of British Columbia. Part V wrapped up a winter of loading logs to the river bank using horse drawn sleighs, in the woods of northwestern Wisconsin. Spring 1898 has arrived with the next function of the logging process about to begin; … Continue reading Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: “White Water” River Drive or Spanish American War