Reader pick: on old Scottish friends of Lanarkshire; James Dickson (1882-1969) and James Merry (1882-1970) - or - on an emigrant's farewell at the docks of Glasgow - or - who was Sandra Merry. Sandra Merry was the daughter of Granddad’s old Scottish friend, James Merry. When touring Scotland with Granddad in the 1960s, we … Continue reading The Adoption Witness: What Did Sandra Merry Really Say About Granddad?
We siblings spent our early lives in and out of logging camps. Even on becoming urban dwellers, our Christmas tree commanded a very wide berth and tall ceiling. It began in 1939 at our parents' first Christmas, with their first child expected early the coming spring. Here is our Mum, standing on a railroad car … Continue reading Memories: MoPops’ Last Christmas Tree
So honored and grateful to return from a great vacation, aka heritage meeting, with a splendid carved gift in hand. It shall ever remind of three prevalent and memorable sounds of Wabana Lake's Birch Bay Resort: the call of the loon, quiet - except for the russle of birch leaves and the song of the … Continue reading Second half-cousins Hemmingsen and Hemmingson meet on Hemmingson Road.
The preceding two posts discussed Dad’s change of job, which was the reason we moved from our remote logging camp in Port Renfrew, B.C., 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
Our Hemmingsen-Cameron logging operation in Port Renfrew BC, and its management, were classified as “essential” to the Allied war effort.1 That was due to export of the very finest Sitka Spruce to the UK, where it became a component of certain bombers. After the war, the company was sold to British Columbia Forest Products … Continue reading NEWFOUNDLAND: LOGGING PRE and POST CONFEDERATION
The category “Memories” on this blog has covered my early years in our logging camp at Port Renfrew, British Columbia, circa 1940. That era was captured in a series of posts named “From The Logging Camps” that were drawn from a scrapbook my father constructed for me, in 2000. He called it “Forest Regeneration”. … Continue reading REDIRECTING “MEMORIES”: Oldfoundpeople and Newfoundland
A previous post in “From the logging camps” shared a front view of a logging truck, circa 1943, in Port Renfrew at the Hemmingsen-Cameron operation. This is the same truck, side view, showing my big brother, myself, my father, and grandfather.1 And, something else. Logging truck with clothes line. Marilee Wein © 2018 Heeding the … Continue reading Logging camps: Trucks, Clothes Line, Pulley, and Patents
"Port Renfrew 50 Years Later" completes the scrapbook made for me, by my father, John Oliver Hemmingsen. He called it "Forest Regeneration".1 Previous posts covered much of the book. This part accounts for a trip Dad made to the area with Uncle Bob, with my older brother John, in 1990. For some time by then, there … Continue reading From the logging camps (6)
This continues the scrapbook Dad made for me about Port Renfrew, B.C., entitled “Forest Regeneration” (ca 1939-1940).1 Earlier posts under "From The Logging Camps" described our family life in this remote spot on Vancouver Island. Hemmingsen-Cameron Company Ltd. was co-owned with my grandfather, Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967). Inklings as to previous and next owners can be … Continue reading From The Logging Camps (5)
This complete discussion on Page 1 of Pop’s scrapbook entitled "Forest Regeneration" that was featured in larger print in the last post: “From the Logging Camps (3)”.1 Pop wrote that our Camp 2 residence in the early 1940s at Port Renfrew, BC, was 10 miles up the logging railway that began at the mouth of … Continue reading From the logging camps (4)