"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!
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
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
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.