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the only obstacles to be crossed by the Log Hauler, for I remember well
the predicament that old locomotive got itself into a few years later
on County W east as it was making its way across a swampy area about a
quarter mile east of where Bill and Marilyn Seis live today.
logging road had been built
along a stream that flows into Hines Creek to skirt the edge of a
fed pond. One day the Log Hauler/ while bringing its load into town,
through the roadway and into the mire underneath, invariably having no
way of escape on its own power.
recall everybody and his brother
were out to see this mired steam machine, with many of us wondering if
it would continue to mire even further! That old Log Hauler could still
well be there today if it were not for some quick thinking individuals
who anchored it to an elm tree nearby, and after two days of attempting
to free the locomotive from its doom, another maninade anchor built
reach finally helped to pull it from the mire.
logging road coming into
town from the east ran parallel to the street from where I lived as a
and the Log Hauler was kept just down aways from our house in a garage
built just on the west side of the town creek during the off season.
Log Hauler received a well-deserved rest there in the summer and
be seen until winter's snow again returned to cover the roadways on
it traveled throughout the countryside.
engineer of the Log Hauler
always sounded the whistle of the steam locomotive as he rounded the
curve on County W east and headed onto the straightaway for the landing
by the depot. The sound of that whistle was then a part of our simple
routine, but like that song by Peter, Paul, and Mary goes/ "You could
that whistle blow a hundred miles"!
photo captures the early
logging operations of the Statler crew working in the western section
the Town of Armstrong.' Otha is pictured with his team of horses while
the rest of the crew 'tops off this load with the use of the near by
of the harvest from these
sections were once taken to landings along the Wolf River to the west
waterways were the only way of transporting the logs. With the coming
the railroad and the spurs built to reach off the main line, logging
with the cutting of the hardwoods.
were booming years for
the entire Town/ men found work in the lumbering camps, businesses
up in the towns, and settlers continued arriving to these northern
the summer months these
men found employment working for the Town of Armstrong where Stephen
was elected as supervisor for the road crew that built and maintained
roads in District No. 3 in the Boulder Lake area where the Statler
originated in 1877. This photo is courtesy of Steve Elbe, his
grandfather being Stephen Statler.