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: 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.

Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: Logging; Sleigh Roads, Decking Riverbanks, Humbird and Weyerhaeuser

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

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

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

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

Maquinna: Calling on the Way Stops of Life

The intention here, was to present a particular picture of Princess Maquinna.  After all, she had been referenced in the prior three posts on this part of the blog. This was her time; present her, then to move on to the next page of Pop’s scrapbook. Scrapbook? Well, she was scrapped and is now scrapbooked … Continue reading Maquinna: Calling on the Way Stops of Life

Writing Genealogy: Starting Off

The moment we sit down to begin a genealogical journey, we realize we should have started long ago, actually penning to paper, in real-time, what our dearly departed had vocalized. That is especially true for the faceless; those ancestors, we never met.  What commonly happened was this; Grandfather identified his grandmother by name, and thereafter, … Continue reading Writing Genealogy: Starting Off