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The Wisconsin lumberman, devoted to the lumbering interests of the northwest
Volume III. Number 6 (March, 1875)

The Upper Wolf. Hon M. P. Lindsley's trip to the woods,   pp. 476-479 PDF (1.4 MB)

Page 477

The Wiseomasn Lumberman.
Shioe, and many others not so prominent
in lumber and pine land circles.
"Uncle Tim' as T. E. Crane is famil-
iarly hailed by the pinery novs, is a char-
acter.i Born at Bangor sixty years and
more    ago,  and    bred    on   the
sterile Roil of Maine, inured to hard-
ship on the "log drives" of the Kennebec,
his early education was certainly limited,
if not neglected. Yet it was better than
none, for it fitted him for the "rough and
tumble" life which awaited him here among
the pines and on the rivers of Northern
Wisconsin. Boxing the compass nearly
in reaching this region nineteen years ago,
his labor of love did not cease with his
-advent, the country must be opened to
settlement, the channels for trade and
commerce must be built, rivers must be
cleared, dams and booms constructed, for
highways on which to float out the wealth
Af the pineries. T'o these several objects
he addressed himself with his customary
energy.  Railroads were built, the Beef
Slough boom was conceived and executed
by, him the Wolf river boom Company
called for his services and he constructed
the Upper Wolf river improvement. The
Pickerel needed a dam and he put
that in. To-day we find him high up the
Wolf river in town 34. Still on the "bor-
der" eating, sleeping, living in the logging
camp much of his time and enjoying it.
Those who have visited him at his elegant
residence in Oshkosh and enjoyed his hos-
pitality, express some surprise at his fron-
tier habits. But the fact is this love for
adventure among the pines, was born in
him and he cannot help it. Elsewhere he
would be unhappy much like a fish out of
water. Few men living have contributed
so much as he to the development of the
resources of this portion of our state.
"Dick" Wellington is one of the eenial
feDows,who knows how to make money out
of lumbering and can make people happy
at the same time. Always welcome, be-
cause always cheerful and courteous, he
seems to live not so much for himself as for
others. One of Winneconne's solid men
she may well feel a pride in him.
John A. Williams of Pine River is in the
supply   business  furnishing  camps.
He is a leading man in Waushara County
and contributed not a little to thu election
of his friend, Mr. Kimbal to Congress. Mr.
Kimbal the boys say has the most money,
but Williams the most brains. However
this may be, they are both reputed to be
energetic and successful in business.
So much has been said of Mr. Beecher's
operations on the Wolf river, that I felt
some desire to see him. He is seventy,
whitehaired, Roman nosed; a pleasant
but persistent looking gentleman. Intelli-
gent, and interesting in conversation.
He came here lumbering not from choice
but from business necessity, to utilize a
tract of railroad lands which he could not
sell nor realize upon.
Sugacioas and courageous-he though a
stranger to the country and the business-
comprehended the whole problem of lum-
bering on the upper half at first sight and
at once determined to enter upon the busi-
ness although skilled river nfen assured
him he could never get down the river with
his logs, yet he put in    his  ramps
and banked about 03,000,000 feet of pine
the winter of 1870, and in the spring and
summer he ran them out. Since which
time the upper Wolf has been a favorite
place for logging. Mr. Bendo has contin i-
ed the business though this winter he is
operating on the west branch-T28. A
christian gentleman of lUrge wealth, he
scatters his favors, amon, the feeble
churches with a liberal hand-
Mr. Willard of Depere is a young man,
thirty perhaps-fierce black whiskers-
good-looking-free intelligent talker was
tp here looking after 40,000 hoop poles,
for the firm of E. E, Bolles & Co., of
which he is a member. This hoop pole
business is a new article of export from
this country and I believe the first of the
kind ever shipped out.
Spruce is another wood quite abundant
on this river and valuable in pail and tub
manufacture.  Bolles  &    Co.,   had
better look up this matter next year
to Strauss Place, 50 miles above Shawano, is
noted for "making time" and the comfort of
travelers. It is a tri-weekly route, going up
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and re-
turning every alternate day. In winter it is
very pleasant. Mr. Hayter, a most chatty
and intelligent man on all that pertains to
the valley of the Upper Wolf drives on the
line and with his fund of humor and anec-
dote and bits of history of the route, makes
the trip very pleasant and interesting. At
least such was my experience as well as the
testimony of others.
It would seem unnecessary to the ordinary
observer of so broad and large a stream as
the Upper Wolf is, that works of great cost
should be constructed upon it in order that
pine logs might float down freely upon its
surface. Yet such is the fact, and over
$45,000 have been expended upon it.

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