Photo © Sean Hemmingsen 2020 Our Tsolum River post featured Matt Hemmingsen using hands-on expertize that he had gained during river drives in Wisconsin, to correct an epic logjam in British Columbia. That was 1907. Our last post enlarged a segment of photo left, to describe a "log trough" system he developed around 1910. It greatly … Continue reading Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: His Innovations in West Coast Logging 1907-1911
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
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.
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
Part IV of Granddad's Memoirs found him dealing with pesky bunkhouse lice by boiling clothes, then hanging them in freezing temperatures. Part V moves him closer to the dawn of the 20th Century. Note: Word Press Reader does not display columns. Please click "Visit Site" to view the balance of this post where descendants have … Continue reading Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: Loading Logs and Logging Horse Welfare
PART III: SLEIGH ROADS, DECKING RIVERBANKS, HUMBIRD and WEYERHAEUSER This continues the memoirs of pioneer lumberman Matt Hemmingsen. We are now in the final decade of the 19th Century with our grandfather living at the family homestead in northwestern Wisconsin. Part II ended in the drought stricken summer of 1894, a time of economic depression … Continue reading Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: Logging; Sleigh Roads, Decking Riverbanks, Humbird and Weyerhaeuser
This continues the memoirs of pioneer lumberman, Matt Hemmingsen. Part I was set in northern Wisconsin, during the last quarter of the 19th Century. It covered homestead life, construction of roads, railbeds, schools, and lots more - including, of course, logging. THIS IS PART II: FOREST FIRES AND WATER BOMBERS Matt was our grandfather. Part II … Continue reading Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: Forest Fires 1894 to Water Bombers 1970s
Here are memoirs of an old lumberman.1 Born just under the Arctic Circle in Norway, he rolled his first log as a youngster in northern Wisconsin, then made his name on the west coast of Canada.1,2 He got respect for riding through white water, but that was at Hell's Rapids. This is a humble man's … Continue reading Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: History; Farming, Logging, Road Building. Life.
As a result of pursuing great grandfather genealogically, we are given a glimpse of what Ole Hemmingson (1851-1903) built! As well, his son, Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967). Ole married twice and had a number of children with each wife. Matt was born in 1876 to Ole's first; Berith. Mildred followed in 1897, to his second; Alette. … Continue reading Hemmingson Homestead Photos: 1880s WI US vs. 1914 BC CA