Carbon copies of papers relating to Jordan Lumber Company's 1914 Piscataquis Log Drive down the Pleasant River and Piscataquis River in Maine.
The Pleasant River, well known today by visitors to Gulf Hagas, Katahdin Iron Works and the Appalachian Trail, flows into the Piscataquis River at Medford. Not far downstream, at Howland, the Piscataquis flows into the storied Penobscot River. The Jordan Mills were downstream on the Penobscot at Old Town and Milford.
There are three pages listing the laborers employed, their days worked, rate of pay and final pay tally. I've included an alphabetized list, but be aware that many of the names, particularly the French names, are spelled phonetically or struck-over. Be prepared to scan the roster carefully, if you're looking for a family member.
There's a page listing the phenomenal amount and variety of foodstuffs needed. These men worked extremely hard and depended on hearty meals to get through a long day on the river. The cook would have been the linchpin of the operation. I'll bet word spread fast about a particular company's or cook's miserly or generous chow.
Names of Laborers
Arnold, John S.
Hayward, A. B.
Hogan, J. W.
Howard, E. S.
Mogan, John H.
Willett, Frank X.
The Maine Memory Network has many online images of log drives.
A map of the Piscataquis River and its tributary,the Pleasant River, showing its west and east branches:
This same region in a satellite map: [zoom out a couple clicks]
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