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Logging and early settlements,   pp. 8-20

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went surging and hurtling, sometimes halting at an obstruc-
tion, as if in hesitation, and piling up in wide masses, then
rushing onward again with greater momentum than before.
"A crew of men furnished with boats orbateaux, with tents,
blankets and provisions, would follow down the river behind
the floating logs, and with pike pole and cant hooks endeavor
to keep the immense sea of logs floating down the river in con-
stant motion. Often the logs would be piled up against some
obstruction, like a rock or the pier of a bridge, and they would
become, what was termed, jammed. Sometimes these log
jams would extend for more than half a mile up the river and
the problem was how to break it. The dexterity that the men
showed in this was marvelous. The work was done at the head
of the jam and the drivers attacked the logs, that, like the
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keystone of an arch, bound and held the great mass together.
The work was dangerous and sometimes a daring fellow lost
his life.
"When night came, the Wanegan boat that carried the tents,
blankets and supplies, was headed into shore, camp was made,
fires were built, and after a hearty meal, tired out with the
day's work, the men slept the sleep of the just, to be routed out
at day break for a repetition of the labors of the day before."
Communities grew up around mill sites and farming was
made possible as the land was cleared by the lumber compa-
nies. In this area, the communities of Webertown and March
Rapids sprang up in the 1870's along the banks of the Big Eau
Pleine River.
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1895 Plat Map of The Town of Eau Pleine

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