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Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
([1924?] )

Janes, Jennie
Mrs. Arthur M. Janes,   pp. 22-25 PDF (830.7 KB)

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borders, the only hotel accommodations were two or
three stopping places, as they were called, kept by In-
dians. As may be imagined, they were very inadequate
for the great number of men who had to drive over the
Military road, through the reservation to reach the lum-
ber camps.
    It was in midwinter of 1874 that my father, hearing
of the extreme need of hotel accommodations for the
lumbermen on the Military Road, purchased land just
north of the Indian Reservation, and built what was
known as The Log Cabins. As it was twenty-seven miles
from a lumber yard the cabins were almost literally hewn
from the forest. There were a few loads of lumber haul-
ed from Shawano, used for flooring, doors and window
frames, but the roofs were covered with what were
called shakes. They were made by hand, split from
cedar logs. These were replaced the following year by
shingles and the cabins were made very comfortable and
cozy in the interiors, but during the seven or eight years
the place was our home, with the exception of adding
more buildings, the cabins remained the same.
    It is needless, perhaps, to say that a clean, whole-
some place where the food was good and plentiful was
immensely appreciated by the lumbermen. Many would
drive far into the night to reach The Log Cabins.
    In recalling those days I can still hear the sounds
of quiet summer evenings. The rumble of a heavily
loaded wagon far down the road-the murmer of the
river over the distant rapids-the hooting of owls across
the river-the plaintive notes of a whippoorwill in a
nearby tree.
    The first summer we were there some of the lumber
operators brought their families or friends with them and
after visiting their camps would be our guests while en-
joying the hunting and fishing. They were just as en-
thusiastic those days over the Northern Wisconsin cli-
mate, and out door sports of the woods as people are at
the present time, and after the first summer we were
never without a fishing party or two, sometimes the
cabins being filled to their capacity.

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