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settlers it looked like the years of prosperity and growth in this area
had come to a final end.
harvest of logs from the forests of the Town of Armstrong were never to
be seen again as the years of 'trees of plenty' came to a close by the
1930's. This photo taken during the great logging era of our history
the harvest of the lumberjack and the daily work load of the Log Hauler
when it traversed the woodlands of Mountain.
the 1930's Mountain was a community of small dairy farms with many of
men finding work in the lumber camps for the winter months, though they
traveled further north in order to find such employment.
lumbering operations still continued north of the town of Townsend and
all the way up to the Wisconsin -Michigan border during these dry years
for this area, so between working in the logging camps and cash
on the farms in the summer, the families continued to make a living,
today one wonders how they ever survived these hard times. The farmers
really began feeling the pinch in 1932 when their crops were not only
by the drought, but prices plummeted due to the depression.
who had previously made a decent wage in the lumber camps were now
for their room and board, an occasional pair of overalls and a couple
extra a month for tobacco and other sundries.
few could afford license for their cars, so when they came to town,
would park off the main street. When the speed cop stopped to inquire
these vehicles. . .no one ever knew who they belonged to ! He of
was aware of what was going on, but realized the straits of the car
and left well enough alone.
source of income available in spring and fall was fighting fires. The
paid 35<t an hour and the fire fighters tended to keep the fires
or less 'under control1 than extinguishing them completely, thus
themselves a few extra dollars.
wells in the area began going dry as the years of the drought continued
and soon, one after the other, the farmers began stopping at the Town
in front of the Hotel to get their cooking and drinking water. The milk
cans that had previously hauled the mainstay of their livelihoods, now
were filled with the precious drops of water "as their eyes scanned the
horizon for a rain cloud in the sky.
waters flowing in the Town Creek became the waters of survival as the
came to fill their barrels in order to keep their livestock from
The entire town watched these hard working farmers as the families came
to replenish their supply, a daily struggle in their refusal to simply
old Town Pump gave its free water to most of us living in town during
Dry Years, and probably supplied 20 farmers from the outlying area as
but it never went dry.
we made it through those years of depression and hardship, the Town
definitely holds an honorable place in the history of the Mountain
When the new Highway 32/64 came through the center of our town in 1986.
. . the old pump stood in the way of progress and so was
We all miss it because that pump played a role in all of our lives, and
now when we look back, it sure was a pain to have to haul those buckets
of water !