"Shanty Boys, Peaveys, and River Hogs- Michigan's Lumbering Days" presented by the Livonia Historical Society
Join the Livonia Historical Society on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020 at 2 p.m. for their meeting and a presentation by speaker Rochelle Balkam. This event takes place in the Alexander Blue House at Greenmead, 20501 Newburgh Road. All are welcome to attend this free event. Membership information will be available at the meeting. For more information, please call (248) 477-7375.
Late in the 19th century, Michigan had more millionaires than nearly every other state. The names of those lumber barons are part of Michigan’s story: David Whitney, Arthur Hill, Henry Sage, William Atwood, Charles Hackley and Henry Crapo. Lumber was “green gold”, worth more than the gold from California’s Gold Rush. The way of life for the lumberjacks, or shanty boys as they called themselves, was unique to them. Everything at the lumber camp had a name: widow-maker, Gabriel’s horn, river hogs, swampers, skidders, big wheel, log mark, and the most important person, cookee (cook.)