Memoirs of Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967): His Postcard – 1911

PREVIEW We have told the story of Matt's years around 1911 twice: once as he made innovations in West Coast logging and again through an oil painting on maple burl that depicted his unique logging operation. This recently received postcard tells his 1911 tale through a deeply personal lens. PREVIOUSLY Past posts took Matt Hemmingsen … Continue reading Memoirs of Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967): His Postcard – 1911

Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: His Innovations in West Coast Logging 1907-1911

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

Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: Oil Painting on Maple Burl; Logging 1912, Cowichan Lake

Look closely at the tall spar, center left, to see its fine network of wires. We shall enlarge a portion of the picture to explain the logging operation that is underway - Cowichan Lake. Oil on Maple Burl ca 1912, artist unknown. Photo © Sean Hemmingsen 2020 Matt Hemmingsen's memoirs left off in 1910, with … Continue reading Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: Oil Painting on Maple Burl; Logging 1912, Cowichan Lake

Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: So, Was Ed Hemmingsen At The Wedding?

Enquiring minds nudged us to reconsider if Matt’s brother attended his 1910 wedding. On doing so, one thing led to another, bringing some interesting new insights on our characters. Plus, we offer updates on Ed, Matt's only surviving full brother and introduce Anna, his formidable wife. As to the question, Matt, himself, did not say. … Continue reading Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: So, Was Ed Hemmingsen At The Wedding?

Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: Comox Valley; Sunny Days Ahead!

"On June 2, 1910, I married Margaret Naysmith Alexander, the best girl in the world." - The Memoirs of Mathias Hemmingsen - Victoria B.C. ca 1956.1 COME ALONG ON A STROLL WITH THEM ... ... in beautiful Comox Valley. Our feet will be comforted in crunch of wee twigs, on soft mossy carpet along our … Continue reading Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: Comox Valley; Sunny Days Ahead!

Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: Healing On A Logging Horse – THUD.

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.

Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: Brother Harry; Death by Logging in 1900 – Obit in 2019.

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.

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: Bunkhouse Lice, Boiling Clothes For Freeze Dry and Capitalism.

How odd it feels - or maybe "old" -  to read in our own grandfather's words, his reference to a co-worker, who was a  Civil War Veteran. Such is rather akin to grandkids easily accepting our dial phone, while questioning the hand crank-up, wooden wall mount. The one in our Port Renfrew logging camp, circa … Continue reading Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: Bunkhouse Lice, Boiling Clothes For Freeze Dry and Capitalism.