Ted Wilder on the Bridge

Dennysville ME

Exploring Dennys River/Ted Wilder on the Bridge
Dennys River Historical Society
Written By Dennys River Historical Society

We are small, active Historical Society preserving and sharing the history of the Dennys River area away Down East in Maine .

When Lumber was King

Lumbermen and river drivers like Ted Wilder were essential in moving the cut timber from the woods, along the Dennys River, to the Lincoln Mills in the center of Dennysville.

As the supply of timber to the adjacent settlement was depleted, the woodsmen camped deep in the forest during the winter months to cut logs which were hauled by oxen to frozen streams to await the coming of spring. The rushing waters created by heavy rains and melting ice and snow carried most of the logs downstream to the millpond form when they found their way through the summer to the hungry teeth of the saws which transformed them into lumber. In the fall, when the pond was empty of timber, the saw-logs which remained in pools or were caught above or under the rapids during the spring drive were reclaimed to replenish the supply.

Woods camps were renown for hard work, and hearty eating. At Venture Brook the cook, Randolph Day, not only served nutritional meals but also catered to the tastes of the crew, as cam be seen by some sample meals form the weekly menu: Monday breakfast—Oatmeal, fired potatoes cold roast beef, baked beans, hot rolls, applesauce, doughnuts cookies, tea. Wednesday dinner—Beef steak, mashed potato, green peas, brown gravy, baked beans, pickles, yeast bread, cookies, squash pie, tea. Friday supper—French fired potatoes, boiled ham, baked beans, hot rolls, strawberry jam, doughnuts, cookies, tea.

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