Standard Chemical Company
The Logging Camp
Standard Chemical Company Logging Camp, 1926 Details
The size of the clearing for the camp was four acres, with a log dump of eight acres as well. The camp consisted of two bunkhouses, a cookhouse, an office, a blacksmith shop, two stables, a kerosene shed, a warehouse, a root cellar, a pig-pen and three latrines. Though life was not easy at the camp. Reports detail that living conditions in the lumber camps were poor compared to camps further north.
Here is a picture of the camp.
Standard Chemical company Logging Camp, circa 1925 Details
Employees at the logging camp included local men from the area. However some came from outside. Outside labour was secured through government employment bureaus in Toronto and North Bay. The outside men included Finns, Poles, Russians and French-Canadians. The local men were usually farmers, who could not farm in this area during the winter. Here are two men working at the logging camp.
Moose at Logging Camp, Standard Chemical Company Details
Life as a lumberjack was hard. For an interesting description of life in the lumber camp and in the forest felling trees, see the link "Life as a Lumberjack," in the left menu. The description begins at the second paragraph of page 31 and runs to page 33. This description comes from a History Project about South River and the Surrounding Townships.