Experience the adventures and tough life of a lumberjack in this newest addition to the Badger Biographies Series. Author John Zimm leads young readers on a journey through the lumbering heyday of Wisconsin’s North Woods as witnessed by lumberman John Nelligan, whose writings were the basis for John Nelligan: Wisconsin Lumberjack.
Born in 1852, Nelligan rose through the lumberjack ranks, starting out as a humble laborer and working his way up to foreman. He worked and lived in Maine, Pennsylvania, and even Canada before coming to Wisconsin in 1871. Learn what surviving and sawing wood for a living was like many years agofrom the story of one Wisconsin man who lived it!
About the Author
John Zimm is a historian and author based in southern Wisconsin. Zimm is the editor of Blue Men and River Monsters: Folklore of the North and of This Wicked Rebellion: Wisconsin Civil War Soldiers Write Home. He has written many articles for the Wisconsin Magazine of History. He works as an editor at the Wisconsin Historical Society Press and lives in Waunakee, Wisconsin.
Table of Contents
1 Meet John Nelligan 1
2 John Nelligan's Early Life 7
3 Trains and Flames 17
4 Land Looking and Setting Up Camp 29
5 A Day in the Life of a Wisconsin Lumber Camp 38
6 Downriver! The Spring Drive 50
7 Isolation 63
8 Legacy of Lumbering 73
Appendix: John's Timeline 81
Reading Group Guide and Activities 88
To Learn More about Logging and Wisconsin's Forests 90