Sunday, November 11, 2018

Podcast 62 - Forestry

Sara Cochran and Jean Wilcox Hibben explore some of the aspects of the lumber business in America, in particular. If your ancestor was involved in this occupation, you may find some of the discussion of interest, including the resources used (listed below). Considering the value of lumber to the building of the country, the forestry business was a mainstay of many households (either because of occupation, or use of the product). Some discussion of word origins, forestry mythology, and Roosevelt's programs are included. Consider the references below.

"Fluming lumber from the Oregon mountains" - Keystone View Co., Publisher, copyright 1899, stereoscope slide retrieved from the Library of Congress



The Frozen Logger (Johnny Cash version):

Paul Bunyan:


"The World's Fair load of logs, 36,055 feet," 
"Logs being hauled by one team of horses from Mich. forest to Ontonogan river for the transport to Chicago, Feb. 26, 1893, for exhibit at the World's Columbian Exposition." - copyright 1893, Photo by G.A. Werner, copyrighted by estate of Thomas Nester, Detroit, Mich.; retrieved from the Library of Congress for educational purposes only.

Lumber Terminology:

from books:
Barnhart, Robert K., Ed. Chambers Dictionary of Etymology. New York: Chambers, 1988, 2003.
Drake, P. What Did They Mean by That? A Dictionary of Historical and Genealogical Terms
            Old and New. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 2000.
Funk, Charles Earle. Horsefeathers & Other Curious Words.  New York: Harper & Row
            Publishers, 1958, 1986.
Funk, Wilfred. Word Origins and Their Romantic Stories. New York: Bell Pub., 1978.
Garrison, Webb. What’s in a Word? Nashville, TN: Rutledge Hill Press, 2000.
Hendrickson, Robert. The Facts on File Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins, revised and
            expanded ed. New York: Checkmark Books, 1997, 2000.
Mordock, John, & Korach, Myron. Common Phrases and Where they Come from.
            Guilford, CT: The Lyons Press, 2001.

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