“The forests of Maine have been a resource since the area first was inhabited by humans – but the uses of the forest have changed and grown – from timber for masts and shipbuilding, to sawn lumber for myriad building projects, to raw material for papermaking, to a recreational resource that boosts the tourism economy.” ~Maine History Online
Rose O’ The River, by Kate Douglas Wiggin, takes place in Maine in the heart of the logging industry in the early 1900s. Although modern technology and enhanced safety regulations have helped in improving the job of a logger, it is still today considered a highly dangerous occupation. Requiring brute strength and incredible bravery, it's not for the faint of heart.
This is just one of the great photos of logging camps, showing a cabin on a skid that can be found on the Sierra Logging Museum's website.
I’ve found myself looking around my house at many of the antique pieces of furniture I’ve acquired from my grandparents. They were both born in the early 1900s, and I wonder if someone like Stephen guided the logs down river that made my kitchen table or my pie safe. Did he have a wife or fiancé that worried about his safety that day? Did he make it home to have dinner with his loved ones? Did his sons join logging? Did their sons also become loggers? And they may have children as young as my own, idolizing the strength and bravery of their fathers and grandfathers, while not quite realizing the dangers of being a logger. At least until they decide to become loggers themselves.
POSTED BY: Claire Cole
Rose O' the River by Kate Douglas Wiggin
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