John Nelligan was a lumberjack. He and many other lumberjacks worked to saw and chop down huge pine trees in the Northwoods of Wisconsion. They dragged and hauled these trees from the forests, and then floated them down the river to the saw mills. In the 1870s, being a lumberjack in Wisconsion was an exciting and dangerous job. The men camped outside in the harsh winters, used large saws and sharp tools, and risked their lives on rushing rivers. Thanks to lumberjacks, there were enough boards, beams, and shingles for new houses and buildings all over the growing United States. We Know a lot about how lumberjacks lived and worked thanks to John Nelligan. Near the end of his long life, John wrote down his life story with the help of a professional writer, John described how he and many others survived a rugged life in Wisconsin's forests as a lumberjack. Book jacket.
Wisconsin Historical Society