True Stories



Women in the Logging Camps

Women in Logging                   Condensed from Nuggets, the Siskiyou County Historical Society newsletter, March 2006. The author completed her research paper for the U.S. Forest Service in November 1982.   Logging was the industry of Siskiyou County for many years after the Gold Rush. Women started working in the Pacific Northwest during the World War 1 years, 1917-1918. These women were very capable and lived...

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Louie Smith, Logger

Louie Smith, a much admired and loved logger in both Tuolumne and Calaveras Counties died on March 12, 2011 at the age of 99. So many donations came into the Logging Museum in his name that we knew he must have been someone special.We received a copy of his grand-daughter’s eulogy and are reproducing it here. Remember that these are notes for her speech, so...

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A True Friend

By Lars Sanders Before there were power saws, Ole and Thorval were partners in the woods, falling timber. But one day they decided that there must be an easier way to make a living. So they pooled their money and bought a little ranch. Things were fine for a while, but there wasn’t always enough money. So one morning Ole took his six-gun, jumped on...

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Timber Falling

Timber Falling by C. David Turnboo II Well, here we are at the start of the thirtieth season of timber falling. I have managed to stay halfway healthy. I am still alive when twenty-six very good friends and fallers are not. Not to mention the lives lost in the logging cycle. I have not forgotten them and I use some of their gear every day....

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My First Love Affair

(Editor’s Note: Dave Roberts, now deceased, was formerly a member of FLM’s Board of Directors, and was heavily involved with the Sierra Nevada Logging Museum in spite of his residing out of Calaveras County—Dave lived in Jackson which is in Amador Co. When he wrote this story early in 2004, the Shay had not yet been delivered to the Museum site in White Pines. However,...

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The Day I Met Doc

  By Lars Sanders In the spring of 1950 Rena and I came to Ebbetts Pass from Mendocino County where I had been falling redwoods. The coast redwood region had been on strike and we arrived in Arnold with an old station wagon, two small children, Forrest and Evelyn, one lab retriever and about fifteen dollars cash after we paid Vic Perino for a month’s...

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An Evening With Doc

by Lars Sanders   For ten of the twenty-two years that I fell timber for S.C. Linebaugh Logging, I was president of the local Lumber and Sawmill Workers Union, I only missed one meeting in those ten years, and that was to go to my brother, Morton’s, funeral up at Mt. Shasta.   During that time I had many meetings with Doc, after supper, up...

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“Doc” Linebaugh

By David Davis Most people who have lived in White Pines or Arnold for a number of years know who “Doc” Linebaugh was, and many of them know Bruce and Glenn Linebaugh, his two sons. Those who don’t know members of the Linebaugh family probably know that one of the two parks at White Pines is named after Doc, who was a much loved and...

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