38th Annual Meeting of the Forest History Association of Wisconsin

Beautiful autumn weather, with cool brisk evenings followed the next day by blue skies and sunshine, greeted FHAW members to Park Falls and the 38th Annual Meeting of the Forest History Association of Wisconsin. Activities kicked off on Thursday evening with time to visit old friends and get-acquainted with new friends over a great meal at the Northwood Supper Club at Fifield. This year’s annual auction, besides featuring logging artifacts and memorabilia included a couple of unexpected thing-a-ma-jigs and whatchama-callits, all of which proved entertaining for attendees. Saturday’s activities started with a tour of the Flambeau River Paper Company plant. Members saw up close the paper making process from beginning to end and were impressed by the company’s many improvements making the plant more energy efficient and environmental friendly. 

Following the tours, FHAW members attended presentations given by Brad Pagels (top left) on the Roddis Railroad Line; Dale Heikkinen (bottom left) on the Prentice Loader; a preview of Tom Pestka’s (top right) logging documentary, “From Crosscut Saw to Computer Cutting”; and Russ Kirchmeyer (bottom right) on the Hines Lumber Company. Tom Pestka Attendees then toured the Price County Historical Society where they had an opportunity to view the museum’s display of logging artifacts, railroad memorabilia, old Dale Heikkinenequipment and more. Then a short bus ride into the country side, the group visited the home of Russ Kirchmeyer. Here they had an opportunity to look at his extensive collections of logging and farming artifacts. 

Each piece has a story and Russ was happy to share those with us too. Russ Kirchmeyer For some the conference ended with the Friday night fish fry at the Bay Harbor Restaurant. Another great meal by the way. But ten FHAW members also visited the Round Lake Logging Dam on Saturday morning before heading home. Town Hall Museum Sign old town hall museumrusss kirchmeyer tool collection round lake dam Above, a small sample of the items displayed by Russ Kirchmeyer for thr FHAW members to enjoy during their vist at Park Falls. Left is the rebuilt Round Lake Logging Dam.