Two photos log drivers riding logs downriver, Foleyet Ontario c.1930

$60.00 CAD

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Two photos showing log drivers at work on a lumber logjam on a river. Each man has a long metal pole to maneuver the logs and undo any jams as they walk over the tops of the logs.

While the back of the photos it says “Follete” I believe it is much more likely that it is Foleyet in Northern Ontario, west of Timmins.

Comes from the estate of a French collector who died in 1940s.

Photo #1 Log driver standing on logs on a river

On back:
Folette Dist. Ont.
Getting out of a jam on the river at Folette Ontario.
Purple stamp ‘FORBIN Clamart’ and picture #6685


 Photo #2, two log drivers standing on logs on a river 

On back:
Folette Dist. Ont.
Riding logs down river at Folette, Ontario.
Purple stamp FORBIN Clamart’ and picture #6686

Both 11 x 17 cm

(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the photo for sale)


Foleyet is an unincorporated community in the Unorganized North Part of Sudbury District in Northeastern Ontario, Canada, midway between Chapleau and Timmins on Highway 101. The town was created during the construction of the Canadian Northern Railway (CNR) through the area in the early years of the 20th century.

Located about midway between Capreol and Hornepayne, Foleyet was established as a divisional point, for changing train crews and servicing rolling stock, and there was with a large railway roundhouse as well.

The town started with 15 houses. The Canadian Northern Railway built a large sawmill, west of the station, equipped with a pulp barker, planing mill, and a powerhouse. This mill, although owned by the railway, operated under the name Eastern Lands Division. Lumber was sold wholesale to railway employees, for home construction. A lumber yard was also established at Capreol. The Eastern Lands Co. built their main office here. They cut white pine, red pine, spruce pulp logs, and jack pine axe ties.