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.
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.
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
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
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
Government classified our Hemmingsen-Cameron logging operation in Port Renfrew BC, including its management, 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 … Continue reading NEWFOUNDLAND: LOGGING PRE and POST CONFEDERATION