A friend of mine last week, in fact, posted a video taken in the Dee area of the logging industry in I would say the late 40's and 50's. Went right from the forests where harvesting was going on, right through to the finished product at Dee Mill. Gave a good account of how each aspect was done. Lots of good footage of the mill. I will see if I can find out how one can locate it to view. Very, interesting and educational.
Charlott on 27th January 2016 @ 7:06am
My fear was falling down through the logs in a full pond, they may part to let you down through, they will not part to let you back up. And the wood chips in your eyes from that water is not pleasant..
Kenn on 27th January 2016 @ 7:08am
I don't think I would want to get in a brawl with Fred.
I wonder if they are gathering up stray logs during flood stage? My dad did this kind of log work at the Camas Paper Mill when he was young.
Besides Ed, there was also Frank and Leonard Wonsyld who lived at Dee. I think there may be quite a few Wonsyld descendants still in the Hood River area. Maybe they will find HHR and these photos.
L.E. on 27th January 2016 @ 3:51pm
Looks like they are playing around on a boom stick in shallow water to me.
Buzz on 27th January 2016 @ 6:58pm
Three cheers to the "POND MONKEY". He really earned his pay.
Bill P on 27th January 2016 @ 8:06pm
Any idea where this might be?
L.E. on 27th January 2016 @ 10:53pm
Same attire we had at Cooks WA, a pike pole with no life jacket, helmet or corks. I was a non swimmer at the time and trying to save logs from departing down the Columbia during the 1948 flood. The job ended for me when I went downriver to help with Vanport cleanup.
This brings to mind the still operating Hull-Oaks steam saw mill south of Corvallis. They are the only mill that can cut 80' with a diameter of 6', and their tours take one from the pond to the finished product.. .
Kenn on 29th January 2016 @ 8:46am
Nichols Boat Works developed a small powerful, one operator, shallow draft boat that was used to manage logs in mill ponds, make up rafts etc. This boat was called a "pond monkey".
Bill P on 31st January 2016 @ 10:59am
i've checked family records for Wonsyld and can't identify these gentlemen as family, so must have been friends and co-worker. Either way their balancing skill is impressive!
rachell on 17th March 2016 @ 6:37pm
Paul is Paul Hooey. He was husband to Christine Wonsyld & was a Riverboat captain.
Rachell on 4th April 2016 @ 8:29am