Logging in West Virginia
These men are logging. The young man on the rail car at left is my father, Joseph Robert Baker, around age 17. He was born in 1892 and died in 1982. The gentleman with the horses is Mr. Hannah, fir ... show more
These men are logging. The young man on the rail car at left is my father, Joseph Robert Baker, around age 17. He was born in 1892 and died in 1982. The gentleman with the horses is Mr. Hannah, first name unknown, who owned them. Does anyone know who the other young men are?
In logging, the men laid their track as they went, and took it up behind them.
How intriguing. Because of the missing piece of the face on the print it is difficult to tell. I can see a similarity but cannot be certain. I shall send the photo to my mother, age 89, and see what she thinks. I do note but parallels and differences in the dress of the men in the photos, but there are many reasons they might not be the same. On the one noted as Greenbrier, the men appear to each be wearing knitted shirts but woven fabrics on the other. My grandfather was tall for the time, being 6 feet in height. But again, no way to tell how tall the others were.
I can say that my grandfather's brother Nathan moved to Virginia. He was kind of a ne'er do well who live on a houseboat on the James River and was reportedly a bootlegger. His home was always in shambles from family reports. I wish I had a picture of that, although I do have two of his wife Jennie.
This is an interesting puzzle. Perhaps someone else will be able to provide some other hints or answers.
Jean Hudson Masco
-- From DGBaker on Dec 1, 2007 - 9:08 pm:
I was most interested in your photograph of the logging crew working in West virginia in 1910. After I saw that it was taken in Greenbrier County, I asked others in my family about one that I had posted, also of a logging crew in West Virginia in 1910. It is my speculative but unconfirmed impression that the picture you posted and the one I posted may be of the same logging operation.
My sister, Gladys Baker of Narrows, Virginia, now 87 years old, said that the picture I posted was taken in 1910, and that the owner of the team of horses was Mr. Hanna of Greenbrier County. Our father, shown in the picture, was born in Tazewell County, Virginia, in 1892, and logged before WWI in Greenbrier, Nicholas, and Pochahantas counties. Gladys said that it may not have been Nicholas County as I stated.
My father's family moved to Greenbrier County in 1898 when he was six years old, and he married there . His first son, Ellis Adrian Baker, was born in North Bend Lumber Camp in Nicholas County on November 17, 1917. He later returned to Greenbrier County and our family graveyard is there.
I wanted to point out to you the similarity between Mr. Ross in your photograph and the man standing on the rail car in my photograph. Do you think it is the same person? Do you have any more information about your picture?