True Stories



White Pines Logging Camp

By David Davis Dixie James, of Valley Springs, Calaveras County, is in many ways typical of the sharp-memoried “old timers” who are helping us to reconstruct the early history of White Pines. She is one of the few people remaining in the area who lived in one of the original tents that were set up in 1939, where White Pines Lake now sits. Her husband...

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Christmas in White Pines

By Marge Bowman In the early 1940s and early 1950s there was always a school Christmas party. The lumber company purchased a small gift for each student. The ladies of the community would do the shopping and gift wrap them for Santa to deliver the evening of the school program and party. The lumber company and Doc Linebaugh furnished turkeys and all ingredients for a...

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Camp Cooks Had Rules!

By Lars Sanders From 1938 in Minnesota, ’till 1957 In California, I stayed part of the time in logging camps and ate in the cook-house. There was one thing that was the same and very noticeable in each cook-house. and that was the attitude of the head cook. I never did live or eat in camp that had a woman cook, so I can’t speak...

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Sawmill Life from a Woman’s Point of View

Editor’s note: Although I never worked in the lumber industry, I was teaching the children of many of them, and had relatives who were working in the timber industry. Ralph and Stan Loomis were among the men I most often heard spoken about with great respect.  By Velma Loomis Arriving in Calpine (Sierra County) in 1926, my husband, Ralph, and I began sawmill life with...

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The Day I Snapped Fred’s Cable

By Ted Shannon FLM former President   From mid-1955 until the end of 1959, I was a logger for Union Lumber Company in Fort Bragg, California. The old-timers who worked there said that Union Lumber was school for the young and a home for the old. I started out as “second loader” on the landing. A second loader spotted “saddles” for the loading machine operator....

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One Fine Day

By Robert Bach   As a young lad growing up in San Andreas, I often dreamed about some day driving a logging truck. There were several lumber mills operating in our county at that time, so big trucks would roll through our town on a regular basis. I can remember lying in bed at night and hearing the growling of the trucks as they shifted...

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Bears of Pickering Lumber

The Black Bears of Pickering Lumber By Lars Sanders By the middle of April in 1951 the Pickering Lumber Company had opened its logging camp at Skull Creek for the summer. Some people called it the Standard Lumber Company, but that was only because their mill and office were at the town of Standard in Tuolumne County. My partner Lea and I were on the...

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