By Charles Edward Russell
In the course of the 19th century, pine logs have been lashed jointly to shape simply floatable rafts that traveled from Minnesota and Wisconsin down the Mississippi River to construct the farms and cities of the just about treeless decrease Midwest. those large log rafts have been suggested down the river via steamboat pilots whose ability and intimate wisdom of the river's many risks have been mythical. Charles Edward Russell, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, chronicles the historical past and river lore of seventy years of lumber rafting. "Russell bargains with these a long time in which the lumber company and the rafting of lumber grew and reached huge, immense proportions. yet his tale covers additionally the luxurious part of the river steamboat. Russell writes with a full of life pen, and he has made a colourful and exciting account." long island occasions booklet evaluation "Not a lifeless web page within the e-book. Russell writes frontier background correctly written." big apple bring in Tribune Charles Edward Russell (1860-1941) grew up at the shorelines of the Mississippi River throughout the days of lumber rafting. top often called a journalist throughout the muckraking period for his expos?s at the pork and tobacco trusts, Russell used to be additionally a cofounder of the nationwide organization for the development of coloured humans (NAACP) in 1909. Fesler-Lampert Minnesota historical past sequence
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Sold for one dollar and twenty-five cents an acre," says the auctioneer. The advantages were apparent. No trouble, no chance of unpleasant remark, no expensive cruisers, and the land safely acquired. Captain E. E. Heerman, who became one of the noted pilots of the upper Mississippi, saw in his youth one of these well-managed performances and wrote a vivid description of it. Warren says that the scandalous proceedings of different species about the pine lands became so notorious that the public land office at Eau Claire was closed by the National Government.
As there was no communication by wagon on account of high water at the time it was a problem with the captain as to how the heavy consignment of queensware and glassware sent direct from St. Louis was to be delivered to Mr. Brandt. The saucy Little Morgan was equal to it, however. She cruised down the river a little way, and striking just the right place in the overflowed bottoms, nosed her way up to the store, which stood on the second ledge, or bank, tied up almost at the door, threw out her gangplank and unloaded the goods as if it were an everyday occurrence.
The St. Paul Pioneer" responded with fiery indignation. Most persons believed that the end had come of river navigation. Two years later the whole region was flooded. Besides its manifold perils, steamboat transportation had an incurable defect. It was helpless before the sea- 34 Here Comes the Steamboat sons. Six months of it was all the people could reasonably expect on the northern rivers; eight months as far south as St. Louis, if the winter were not too awful; for sometimes the ice would jam unexpectedly even at St.
A-Rafting on the Mississip (Fesler-Lampert Minnesota Heritage Book Series) by Charles Edward Russell