Title

Profile of Chuck Harris, 46, a veteran riverman and the driving force behind the

Source

Down East

Date

4-1-1997

Pages

68-71, 119-121

Abstract

Profile of Chuck Harris, 46, a veteran riverman and the driving force behind the Ambajejus Boom House. Located on a tiny island in Ambajejus Lake outside Millinocket, the site houses one of the most comprehensive collections of river-driving history and artifacts in New England. Harris, a Maryland native, first arrived to work in the North woods in 1968-- just in time to make three river drives before they abruptly ended in 1971. Harris makes clear the distinction between logging and river driving, noting that the river men had their own culture. He describes the river men as hard-working, hard-drinking, close-knit, and willing to risk their lives for the job. Harris has been working since 1991 to restore the boom house, which originally served as eating and sleeping quarters for the area log drivers.

Subjects

Lumber and lumbering, Lumbermen, Harris, Chuck

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