The Parsonsfield-Porter Historical Society begins this holiday season by wishing everyone a very happy Thanksgiving!
And now for the side of history:
|Old time loggers with tools of the trade.|
River Driving - 1918
River driving was an annual occurrence on the Great Ossipee River from the 1820’s right into the middle of the 1960’s. Here men are knee-deep in the frigid water of the Ossipee River in an effort to keep the logs moving over the dam at Kezar Falls. Many logs were destined for mills along the Saco River. The Kezar Falls covered bridge is in the background and Garner Island is on the right.
“Rearing After” by Bateau. Following the river drive, men in bateaus use their peaveys and pike poles to break up log jams. These men are working the river above the falls at Kezar Falls. Elm Street homes are in the background. River driving was dangerous, but many made it their life’s work. Russell Chisholm of Cornish was the only river driver to lose his life on the Ossipee River. He drowned at age 24 – May 23, 1940 on the drive below mouth of Pleasant Pond
In the 1970’s river drives were no longer allowed because of the pollution and environmental damage they caused.
Wilbur Lewis hauling logs with his horses about 1947.
How can you not love this picture of
Ellen (Libby) Eastman as a young women
with her big smile -unusual in formal
photographs of the time when the subject
was expected to present a more