Whistle Punks & Widow-Makers Tales of the B.C. Woods by Robert Swanson
Whistle Punks & Widow-Makers Tales of the B.C. Woods by Robert Swanson
Whistle Punks & Widow-Makers Tales of the B.C. Woods by Robert Swanson
Whistle Punks & Widow-Makers Tales of the B.C. Woods by Robert Swanson

Whistle Punks & Widow-Makers Tales of the B.C. Woods by Robert Swanson

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Whistle Punks & Widow-Makers Tales of the B.C. Woods by Robert Swanson
 
Whistle Punks & Widow-Makers Tales of the B.C. Woods by Robert Swanson
Hard cover with dust jacket
Copyright 1993, second printing 1995
160 pages
Indexed
The legendary heroes of the woods come alive in this collection of stories from the golden age of logging on the West Coast. Meet Harry Todd, who could run a steam donkey and roll a cigarette at the same time; Eight-Day Wilson, the coast's most famous short staker; Daddy Lamb, the woodsman/ farmer who made two blades of grass grow where none had grown before; Saul Reamy, whose line horse had caulks in its shoes and chewed tobacco; Broomhandle Charlie Snowden, the guy you called when you had a locie that couldn't drag a hat out of a lard bucket; and a host of others. These were the hookers, fallers, bull cooks, locomotive engineers and the rest of the working stiffs who rose above their everyday callings to become the subjects of interminable bunkhouse bull sessions and barroom storytelling. Robert Swanson wrote down their stories-not as literal history but as myth, for these men were and still are larger than life. "Without Homer," says Swanson, "the Greeks would amount to bugger all."

CONTENTS
Introduction 7
Eight-Day Wilson 14
Bull Sling Bill18
Saul Reamy 28
Curly Hutton 37
Charlie Anderson, the Lucky Swede 42
P.B. Anderson, the Swede Who Didn't Go Home 48 John Blacklock "Daddy" Lamb 55
Reverend George Pringle 59
The Horseplay Murder 64
Len Cary and his Famous Six-Spot 67 Bill Barbrick72
"Broomhandle" Charlie Snowden 80 Harry Smith, the Timber Cruiser 85 The Handlogger's Christmas 90
Locies Lived and Breathed for Inspector Jack Short 94 Chris Meyland, the Bull of the Woods 100
Big Jack Milligan104
Jessie James, the Big Time Logger 108 Seattle Red112
Matt Hemmingsen 118
George Hanney and the Flying Dutchman 125
Red Morrison 129
Harry Todd, King of Donkey Punchers 134 Fred Gallant, the Bull Cook 139
Old Hickory Palmer 144
Henry Norman, the Skidder Rigger from Louisiana 150 Index 159

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