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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 478

MIe Wisconm Lumbenm
From Strausd to Shawano, fifty miles, the
river is very rapid, making, as has been
estimated. five hundred and fifty feet fall in
the distance.
There    are   six   Damn,    namely:
the Kenhena dam, built by the Menominee
Indiana and used for power in the saw and
grist mills there. The others are flood dams,
called the "Dells," "Garlner," 'Iarge-
lere,"1 "Liy" and "Post Lake," the last
being the largest and farthest up the river.
It is nine miles above Strauss'-about eigh-
teen rods long, with fourteen feet head. When
the gate is raised it is expected that the lare
volume of water from it will send the mil-
lions of feet of logs below it booming down
into the "Lil " dam. The gate to this dam
is raised as the flood approaches, allowing it
free page; otherwise the dam would be
endangered. aseason, by a little care-
lessness on the part of those in charge the
Largelere dam (I think) suffered great Am-
age, and one or two men lost their lives.
Therein also a dam on the Pickerel, a
branch of the Wolf, about Six miles up; also
another on the Hunting river. Mr. McAr-
thur, of Oshkosh, put the latter dam in, I be-
are three or four miles above the Gardner
dam and about 40 rods long. The name origi-
nated from the length of time it took "drives'n
of logs to pesd them. They have been much
improved since, many of the larger rocks
having been removed by blasting. Still the
viewr up them is novel indeed, resembling
very much the appearance of a field of hay
in cock, so numerous and promine it are the
is three miles above the "Dells," near John
Corn's place (20 miles from Shawano). It de-
rives its name from the smoky appearance
given by the spray rising from the fblls. It
is a charmingly wild spot and well worth a
walk in, to view it.
are a narrow passage 20 to 24 feet wide and
l perhaps 100 feet long made through the rocks
and having walls 30 feet high. Before the
limprovement they were much narrower in
places which have been widened by blasting
oat the rock.
is a cedar rapid 20 to 80 rods long, and so
thickly set and overrun by cedar as to render
the passage of some small logs almost imnpo-
sible. Beside cedar the rocks were so thick
and large that one could walk on them
acros the river. But now a channel has
been cut oat and the rocks blasted away so
as to render the passage of logs easy.
It takes its name from a Mr. Gilmore, who
some eleven years ago cut his way nearly
through with a crew of men, intending to leg
on the upper half but finding tais almost un.
pasble cedar rapid gave up the enterpriae~
and returned to Shawano highly disgusted.
Hence the name, "Gilmore'slMistake."
is   a   romantic    hill-top  crowned
thick  with   large  boulders  on  the
military road about three miles north of
Langlade. Huge and snow-crowned, one
could easily fancy a hundred elephants rest-
ing there. This spot is surrounded by
some of the best hard and level land on the
road. Maple, birch and rock elm almost
entirely. In fact it is the only place I re-
member on the road, which had not more or
ens hemlock growing upon it. And here it
may be remarked that this Upper Wolf
is not a pine region so much as hemlock, the
latter being the principal timber. Hemlock
is on every 40 almost; pine is not, and only
sparsely anywhere; yet large, venerable and
grand; full of years and of "uppers."  Hard.
wood, birch, and maple too, are found in less
auuatities than hemlock on even 40. So-
that this region is no "pine barren" but rich
and productive soil. Like all hemlock lands
it is colder and requires more time to "bring
it to," to render it warm and productive yet
then it equals the best oak lands.
There are in this region not a few
among whom L'Black Bill" id cited as a shining
light. He isaidto be a "youngchap" from
Lake Superior, who dropped down on the
military road almos half way from Langlade
to Strauss, a place in the dense forest, and
commenced a log cabin. By the time the
walls were up. his money or supplies gave
out and he hired out for the winter at a l1-
ing camp. When spring opens "Bill" wi
n:odoubt resume his labors and complete his
shanty-making ready to entertain travelers
when they call.
eight or ten years ago was considered one of
the best salesmen in Oshkosh. To-day he is
the happy father [of one or two dusky
children and the husband of a dusky
wife   of the  aboriginal stock.. Dwel-
L ling  in  a    shanty   12x20    half
floor of pine and half of earth. Young yet,
-scarcely thirty-five--he may be said to have
a long and brilliant future before him. His
home is near Strause'H
born in Green Bay over fifty years ago, has
roamed the forests the better part of- his life
hunting, fishing and trading with the Indians.
He, too, lives neighbor to Strauas in a little
log and bark shany, having a squaw wifeand
Ben Overton, of Oshkosh, one of the Arce
men among the logging camps, showed
marked attention, contributing alike to our

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