"The Oshkosh Daily Northwestern"; Oshkosh, Winnebago Co., WI; Tuesday Evening, January 9, 1877.
Lumbering on the Upper Wolf.
Operations Fairly Commences but More Snow Needed.
From Our Own Reporter.
LANGLADE, Jan. 5 - A sad accident occurred yesterday in Choate and Gratten's camp in which Philip Ryan had his leg broken and foot badly crushed by having it caught by a log. He was taken to Shawano for medical aid.
We may say lumbering business has fairly commenced now, although more snow is needed to keep it lively, and we are getting it slowly but surely. It snows a little every day. The roads are lined with supply teams now; most of the concerns are hauling - some of them have been hauling about two weeks. Choate and Gratten claim the "boss tree" this season, it cut six logs and scaled 6,269 feet.
Lumbermen still keep coming. Mr. J. Crowell, of Oshkosh, came up last week and is situated on Sec. 20, Town 31, Range 15, and will bank his logs below Gardner dam.
H. Martin, or Shawano, is on Sec. 25, Town 31, Range 15, and is banking on the Indian reserve, near the road to the old fishing ground. The roads are in pretty good condition, but more snow is needed to them so.
"The Oshkosh Daily Northwestern"; Oshkosh, Winnebago Co., WI; Friday Evening, February 9, 1877.
Lumbering in Oconto County About Played Out.
From Our Own Reporter.
LANGLADE, Feb. 5 - I have been waiting some time for the weather to change so as to have some encouraging news for your readers, who have any interests in the lumbering business of the upper regions - have waited long and patiently, but still no changes, although old Sol has hid his rays, and a few stray snow flakes glide slowly down as if fearful their presence will be unwelcome. The roads are very bad for hauling supplies, except with wagons. It is impossible to haul a load from Shawano here on sleighs at present. Nearly all the concerns have stopped hauling - in fact all of them except a few who have short hauls, and these can only do so by shoveling snow on their road. But yesterday the snow melted as fast as thrown on. It makes some of the lumbermen wear long faces, although those who have skidding to do are having a splendid chance. A man in Jones & Wellington's camp lost a valuable horse a few days ago. By over hauling.
Mr. Taylor is putting in a stock of goods in his new store, and his prices are very reasonable, consequently his chance for success is good.
There is a petition in circulation for a division of Oconto county, forming a new county to be called Langlade.
A postoffice is about to be established
at Rice Lake, to be called Frydenland.
[note: Rice Lake in Forest County, Wisconsin.]
"The Oshkosh Daily Northwestern"; Oshkosh, Winnebago Co., WI; Monday, February 26, 1877; Page 1; Column 8.
MADISON, Feb. 23 - To-day a memorial to Congress for a mail route from Shawano to Rice Lake via Langlade and to establish a postoffice at Rice Lake was concurred in by the Assembly.
"The Oshkosh Daily Northwestern"; Oshkosh, Winnebago Co., WI; Monday Evening, May 7, 1877.
THE UPPER WOLF.
Log Driving Not Very Brisk - The Big Snow Storm Last Week
Other Interesting Items From that Direction.
From Our Own Reporter.
LANGLADE, May 3. - The crews for river driving are all up river now. Geo. Gilkey being the last one, he left Langlade last week, and at the present stage of water, they can look for a long drive ahead of them, for unless there is a great deal of rain this spring, driving will have to be done mostly by flooding. The dams are all manned, and everything in readiness. Last year nearly all the drives were down as far as this, with the exception of Tim Crane's, and I think his was near the main river. Now not a log from the river drives has put in an appearance, not even Choate's and Grattan's, who are only a few miles above here. Mr. Hollister has charge of their logs, also Jones & Wellington's, and Bergstresser's. He has a large drive under his management.
Mr. Edwards & Son, Mr. Washburn and others, are cruising on the west side of the river, have been out several weeks.
The Omro cranberry company went up last week with a crew of men; they too must be having a happy time.
Several of our citizens were snowbound at Shawano, or on the road this side of that place, last Sunday.
We are to have a regular mail route as far as this place this summer. Contracts will be let soon.
The only excitement in Langlade is the refusal of the ex-treasurer to give up the town books and papers to his successor, and that is of so little account that there is not much stir about that.
Ike Farran and Tom Hutchison are still logging on the west side of the river, at this place. I think the snow must have come expressly for their benefit.
Last Sunday we had one of the worst snow storms we have had the past winter. It commenced snowing Friday afternoon, and by Sunday it was over a foot deep. More snow fell than at any one time the past winter. There never was a worse storm at this time of the season. We had had beautiful weather all the month, and some of our farmers up here had made their gardens and had their potatoes and crops planted.
"The Oshkosh Daily Northwestern"; Oshkosh, Winnebago Co., WI; Thursday Evening, May 10, 1877.
ON THE WOLF.
Superintendent Wall was down from the boom to-day, and reports Semple's Main Wolf logs running into the boom. Webster & Lawson's logs from the Embarrass are also expected along with this drive.
A gentleman down from the Little Wolf, reports that the rear drive on that stream passed over Remer dam yesterday.
Wm. Hanson, just down form the Upper Wolf, reports the water lower than ever before at this time of year. The drives are creeping along gradually and at considerable expense of driving. Crane is working out of Pickerel Lake slowly. It took the drive Mr. Hanson is interested in, fifteen days to get over the "twenty-day-rips".
"The Oshkosh Daily Northwestern"; Oshkosh, Winnebago Co., WI; Saturday Evening, May 26, 1877.
ON THE WOLF.
The Crowell dam at Langlade, broke last Wednesday, and about fifty feet of it was carried away. There are now three drives above Shawano one about fifteen miles below Langlade, one directly at the Crowell dam, and on just above it. The result of the break will be to hinder the drive at the dam until the rear drive runs into it. Everything is moving slowly.
"The Oshkosh Daily Northwestern"; Oshkosh, Winnebago Co., WI; Thursday Evening, May 31, 1877.
Conditions of Things on the Upper Wolf.
The Larzelere Dam Repaired - The Drives Making Little or no Progress.
From Our Own Reporter.
Langlade, May 28. - Log driving on the Upper Wolf has been suspended since last Wednesday, owing to the west side of Larzelere dam going out. The men have been at work on it, and it was completed last night, so the Post Lake dam will open this morning, and business commence again. The water is very low at present, and in fact has been all summer. The logs move very slowly, as driving has to be done entirely by floods. The lower drive, known as the Rumery, Hanson & Jerry drive, reared at shot-gun eddy, has done slow work for a few days, having only the flood from Gardner dam to drive with. The rear of this drive (Hollister) is two miles below Nine miles Creek. Some of these logs have been sluiced through this dam.
Gilkey & Crane's drive, the last and only one up river, is reared one mile above Wolf River crossing or more familiarly known as Strasse's. All commenced moving this morning although they will not move far in a day. Some days they do not move twenty rods. The head drive was nineteen days on what is called Twenty Days Rapids.
It is very dry, rain is needed badly, not only for driving purposed, but for vegetation. The past week has been quite cool - frost nearly every morning.
Mail contracts for carrying mail from Keshena to Langlade are let next week. John Donnelly drives a stage from Shawano to Langlade once a week.
"The Oshkosh Daily Northwestern"; Oshkosh, Winnebago Co., WI; Monday Evening, June 25, 1877.
Movement of the Drive on the Upper Wolf.
Prospects Looking More Favorable.
From Our Own Reporter.
Langlade, June 19. - The rear of Gilkey & Roberts drive sluiced through the Larzelire [sic] dam Sunday. They drove from Nine Mile creek in six days. Their drive and Hollisters' are consolidated now, Gilkey & Robert's running into them before they got over Crowell's rapids. To-day they are about half way over Twenty-days Rapids, having moved their rear seven miles in two days. Their drive consists of four crews now, those spoken of above and D. Berry's. They have about 13,500,000 feet in the drive now. The rains of the past week have helped the water a good deal. The rear drive had the best advantage of the water, as the foremen were better acquainted with the river, having driven over this river several years, while the other men are new hands. There have been several accidents, but non serious.
We have had plenty of rain lately, but are having cool nights. We have had but a few mosquitoes this summer. Vegetables and potato bugs are growing finely.
The roads are being repaired as fast as can be done. Great improvement has been made by the taking out the stone.
Operations have commenced for improving the Lilly [sic]. They are going to put in two dams, besides improving it otherwise. Our town is slowly settling up. We have three schools established at present. There will be a new hotel put up at the Lilly this fall.
Robert's crew moved to-day, to what is know as the old improvement shanty. Gilkey has moved near the Log Cabin, and Hollister moves near there to-morrow. Gilkey take the head of the drive, and Roberts the rear. They will soon be in to the Gardner Dam. I did not learn where the hear drive is, but it must be near Keshena.
"The Oshkosh Daily Northwestern"; Oshkosh, Winnebago Co., WI; Tuesday Evening, June 26, 1877.
-- The Shawano Journal says: The lower part of the Upper Wolf drive containing about nine million feet of logs, passed this place Wednesday. They are now in good water and will have no difficulty in reaching the boom. The logs in this drive are owned by D. Fitzgerald, A. Hicks, J. D. Magee, L. O. Rumery, H. Sherry, H. Colwell, Geo. Gerry, I. Drowell, W. E. Hanson and Paul Reynolds. Streeter, Gilkey, Crane and others who operated on the Pickerel have run into Holister's [sic] drive and the rear is near the Gardner dam. The Shioc drive we learn is out into the Wolf.
"The Oshkosh Daily Northwestern"; Oshkosh, Winnebago Co., WI; Friday Evening, July 13, 1877.
FROM THE BOOM
From Our Own Reporter.
Bay Boom, July 13. - The tug Badger, Capt. Miller, left this morning with the following logs:
6 rafts for Spalding & Peck.
5 rafts for Beech & Conlee.
2 rafts for Mead & Ripley.
1 raft for Henry Sherry.
There have so far about thirty million reached the boom.
ON THE RIVER
The Little Wolf drive has been abandoned, and will not be cut until a rise of water.
The rear of the Upper Wolf drive left Shawano Wednesday, but is coming very slowly.
"The Oshkosh Daily Northwestern"; Oshkosh, Winnebago Co., WI; Monday Evening, August 20, 1877.
Interesting Scraps form the Vicinity of the Upper Wolf.
Many Improvements Being Made in River and Road.
From our Own Reporter.
Langlade, Aug 16. - Time are so dull, and so little of excitement up here at this time of the year, that it is hardly worth while to try to communicate with the outside world. The Improvement Company are still improving the river and its tributaries; have completed two new dams on the Lilly [sic], and are going to build two more; have repaired the one on the Ruffin river at the mouth of the Lilly, and are at present repairing the one here at Langlade; have also done some repairing on Post Lake dam. Lilly seems to be the center of attraction at present; new settlers are coming in there. A new hotel is being built by A. Smith, a man well know to most of the Oshkosh lumberman, and those who are lumbering far up the river will find it a most convenient stopping place.
T. E. Crane has started a large farm there and has quite a large force at work on it. He is also making hay on the river. Several other parties are engaged in making hay up that way. But I understand that hay is light this year, and short also.
Our town is progressing as well and fast as new towns in general. We have three established schools and two more districts set off. We have also a new post office four miles below here called Dobbston.
There has been a large amount of work done upon the road this summer and there will be more done this fall. Chris Hill has the job of cutting down and grading those hills between the Log Cabin and C. Wheeler, and those who know him say it will be well done. C. Wheeler has built a large new frame barn, the first one in the country. C. H. Larzelere is siding and repairing his house, ready for winter accommodation. There have been quite extensive fires running in the woods below us, and quite a damage was done in some parts. The only property destroyed near here was the burning of Choate and Grattin's lumber camps, and it is thought those were set on fire, accidental or otherwise, as parties going past there on Friday night, after dark, found things all right, and no fire in the woods near them; but on Saturday night at dark the stables were on fire, and no fires in the woods near. It has been very dry here, in fact a drought. As we had no rain at all in the month of July everything seemed burning up; but we have had frequent showers for the past week, and all were glad to see it rain once more.
Prof. S. Shaw and family of Madison, are rusticating on their cranberry marsh over on Peshtigo. They have been up four weeks but are expected to go back soon. They came by team and camped all the way from Madison to the marsh.
"The Oshkosh Daily Northwestern"; Oshkosh, Winnebago Co., WI; Friday Evening, November 2, 1877.
Active Preparations have Commenced on the Upper Wolf.
Many Crews Already in the Woods, Constructing Camps.
The Improvements, Roads, &c., &c.
From Our Own Reporter.
Langlade, Nov. 1, -- At the near approach of winter lumbermen begin to flock to the woods. There are a few concerns up already. D. Berry, foreman for Hamilton & Finly of Fond du Lac, has been up about three weeks. He is on the old works of last winter. He was obliged to come up rather earlier this season, as their camps were all burned last summer by fire running in the woods. Lime Rumery has been up with a force of twenty men and eight ox teams about five weeks. He is skidding logs and preparing to rush things when snow comes. Seymour Hollister passed through the place, with a crew of men and teams, bound for Pickerel creek. I understand he intends to put in three of four camps this winter.
D. Fitzgerald's crew are in his old shanties of last winter, and have been up but a few days. These are the only ones that have made their appearance as yet, but there are several firms expected up in a few days. There have been several parties up from Oshkosh and other places, looking over lands for the purpose of lumbering, if they found anything which suited. It seems to be the impression that there will be more lumbering done on this river this winter than there was last. T. E. Crane has quite a force of men employed, and has had nearly all the fall on his farm. He ahs quite an extensive farm near where he has several winter's logging. The Improvement Company have completed their improvements on the main river for this fall, and are nearly done on the Lilly. They have a little more work to do on the lower dam of that stream, and then their work for this fall will be completed. They have put in several dams on this river, and done a large amount of other improvements.
Our town is still progressing in population. Over two hundred pre-empters and homesteaders have settled here within the past six months. The are principally in Town 31, Range 11, and Town 30 and 31, Range 12. It is said to be the finest farming country in the state. It is all hard wood land. We have had two fine days, and I think it is the only two in succession for six weeks. We have had nothing but rain, night and day, and consequently the roads are in a fearful condition, although there has been a large amount of work done on them this winter.
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