Woodsmen and River Drivers


Men and women who worked for the Machias Lumber Company before 1930 share their recollections of the logging industry in Maine when they cut trees by hand, hauled logs to the river with horses, and floated them down to the mill. Remarkable documentary footage from the 1930′s illustrates this dangerous and exhausting work. The memoires include stories about death on the job and the ballad “The Jam on Gerry’s Rock”.

“Nobody ever seen a bulldozer or any of the equipment they have today in those times. All the power they had in the wood was huses and those big old huses were something in their time. And the men that drove them were something. They cussed a little on occasions.”


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One Response to Woodsmen and River Drivers

  1. brentabousko December 19, 2008 at 1:42 pm #

    i just got to your site from the fader link. fantastic stuff!

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