There's Daylight In The Swamps (book report)
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For ask now of the days that are past, which were before thee...
This is a book that I am starting to read about lumberjacks...it is written by a teacher and historian, Mert Cowley.
The author combined nearly two hundred old photographs, and he did hundreds of hours of research... Mr. Cowley also used excerpts from the diary of an old logger and takes you through the start of logging during the middle of the 1800's to the end of the old lumber camps of the early 1900's...
I asked a librarian in our town if she had heard of the book, "There's Daylight In The Swamps." She laughed and said she hadn't heard that expression for several years, but that's what her father used to say when he wanted to wake her up before she went to school in the morning. I had thought also that is what the expression meant in terms of waking up until I read the author's reference to it below...
A quote from *Author Mert Cowley's book : ( which I thought very interesting)
"Most of us grew up thinking that the term "daylight in the swamp" was used as
an early morning wake-up call in those old lumber camps...In truth, the origin of the term had nothing to do with waking anyone up. It was an expression used in the state of Maine when trees were being cut in the lowlands and swamps, When a clearing was made, people would exclaim as the rays of the sun reached the ground, that there was finally some "daylight in the swamp."
I was surprised to read that pine trees during those bygone days stood two hundred feet tall and at that time were three hundred years old..Millions of trees were cut for land to be cleared for farming, etc... They would also have clearing bees where neighbors got together to help a newcomer clear a piece of land.
I hope to finish reading this very interesting book before it is due at the library ...
I am also enjoying the photography it contains of logging days ...When my husband and I recently went to a restaurant to celebrate our 41st wedding anniversary, we found out about this book when observing old time lumberjack photographs that lined the walls throughout the restaurant...The waitress then showed us the book upon questioning her about the pictures and I decided to put it on request through our local library.
Also by Andrea Petersen
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