Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: Lake Cowichan Float-home; Democrat Wagon for Old Logging Horse Billie

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

Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: Family Leave circa 1907 and Epic Tsolum River Logjam

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

Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: A Lumbering Bait and Switch.

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.

Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: “White Water” River Drive or Spanish American War

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

Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: Loading Logs and Logging Horse Welfare

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

Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: Logging; Sleigh Roads, Decking Riverbanks, Humbird and Weyerhaeuser

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

Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: Forest Fires 1894 to Water Bombers 1970s

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

Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: History; Farming, Logging, Road Building. Life.

    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.

Hemmingson Homestead Photos: 1880s WI US vs. 1914 BC CA

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.  Matt was born in 1876 to Ole's first wife, Berith. Mildred followed in 1897, to his second wife, Alette. Matt moved to Vancouver Island, British Columbia before Mildred was teenaged. Mildred … Continue reading Hemmingson Homestead Photos: 1880s WI US vs. 1914 BC CA

The British Columbia Logger’s Girl in Newfoundland

The preceding two posts discussed Dad’s change of job, which was the reason we moved from our  remote logging camp in Port Renfrew, BC to the big town of Corner Brook, NL.1 That was the late 1940s; we remained in Newfoundland until shortly after its Confederation with Canada. This is the tale of our three … Continue reading The British Columbia Logger’s Girl in Newfoundland