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

Hemmingson: One Entrepreneur and One Radical Socialist

Once in the new land of opportunity, many ancestral parents could barely afford their family an elementary level education, yet saw a child attain distinction. Great grandfather, Ole Hemmingson (1851-1903), headed a family like that.1, 2   He produced two such children. Same father, different mothers. Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) was told “your mother has died, so … Continue reading Hemmingson: One Entrepreneur and One Radical Socialist

Hemmingson: TB Was Not On The Draft Card. Was Disaster?

One character often dominates a family history. To preserve the worthy tales of all, we stripped out the colorful aspects of such a member to present the family of Alette Hemmingson. That is, we give you what the standard documents tell, and withhold a broader narrative. A separate post will follow soon, to disclose the sibling, … Continue reading Hemmingson: TB Was Not On The Draft Card. Was Disaster?

If Only November Had Been August: What Came Next

In our last post, we lamented the heartbreaking emigration from Norway to Wisconsin of Mathias Olson, and his sister, Henriette. It was late 1887. She was about to celebrate her 13th birthday and he was months beyond eleven.  We have no account of first sight of a father not seen in six years, or of … Continue reading If Only November Had Been August: What Came Next

Dear Granddad: If Only November Had Been August

Emigrations were game changers, but some were more impactful than others. Our grandfather’s collision with America is a recent revision to his ancestry. He was Mathias Hemmingsen.                                RECAP: Dad wrote that his grandfather, Ole Hemmingson, pictured in the thumbnail below, … Continue reading Dear Granddad: If Only November Had Been August