Early Lumbering Attracts Crowd

November 21, 2013 at 3:56 PM


Carey Huber with tools on display gives his presentation.

     Carey Huber, in full wood hick attire, presented a study of the life of early lumbermen at the November meeting of the DuBois Area Historical Society.

     Twenty-one members and guests attended the program “Woodsmen and River Drivers”. Huber, park naturalist, Parker Dam Statehuber_2.jpg Park, has background in the life of a woodsman through the history demonstrations he delivers as part of his job.

     Bringing along the tools of the woodsman he displayed such items as a double bladed ax, broad ax, and crosscut saw, explaining how they were used in various parts of the timbering operation. Following the lumber from felling to market, Huber explained how the logs were floated down the rivers to market and the dangerous work involved during that operation.

     The final stop in the process were lumber mills where the trees were cut into boards and other by-products used in the tanning industry.

     Huber also showed the film “Woodsmen and River Drivers:  Another Day, Another Era”. Although filmed in Maine, the historical film mirrored the lumbering work in Pennsylvania that fueled the early development of DuBois, Reynoldsville, and other area communities.

      Upcoming in 2013 is a fundraiser with Hoss’s Steak and Sea House, Dec. 19. Vouchers may be obtained from historical society board members.

      The DuBois Area Historical Society has planned a number of activities for 2014 as follow:

      Jan. 16 – Society Historian Todd Thompson will speak about the DuBois Mansion as part of the Treasure Lake Lecture Series, Lakeview Lodge, 7 p.m.

      Jan. 17 – Fundraiser with Ft. Worth Restaurant, DuBois. All day. Society will receive 10 percent of the day's profits.

      Feb. 19 – Guest speaker, Galen Kilmer, “Camp Mountain Run Cooperative Trout Nursery,” E. D. Reitz Museum, 28-34 W. Long Ave., DuBois, 7 p.m.

      March 15 – Spring luncheon, program “Women in Service” presented by Karen Aravich and others, noon, DuBois Senior Center, menu and costs will be announced at a later date.

      April 23 – Guest speaker, Mike Solensky, “History of Air Mail in DuBois,” E. D. Reitz Museum, 28-34 W. Long Ave., DuBois, 7 p.m.

      May 10, 2014 - 6th Annual Spring Walk, Soldier, led by Betty Anderson, 10 a.m.

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