Re: How they traveled - rafters #poland


Irene Newhouse
 

My paternal grandfather was in the business of contracting to log forests, float the logs downstream & sell them at the river mouth. According to my father, who worked for him at times as foreman of floating crews, the river involved was usually the Memel/Nieman & the destination Tilsit/Sovetsk. The river section my father worked was in Poland, he never forgot the Polish crews who stood chest-deep in water all day, pushing logs back into the current with long pikes, going home in the evening, soaked, pikes on their shoulders, with the temperature dropping below freezing - singing.
 
Irene Newhouse
Kihei HI USA

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