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"Old Rusty Logging Chains," by Joshua Hearty, Secondary 5, Doctor Wilbert Keon School, Chapeau (3rd Prize, 2013 QAHN Heritage Photo Contest)

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"Old Rusty Logging Chains," by Joshua Hearty, Secondary 5, Doctor Wilbert Keon School, Chapeau (3rd Prize, 2013 QAHN Heritage Photo Contest)

Community Heritage:
During summer time I would always go down to the river to fish or lay on the hill to relax. One day I saw an old log rise up out of the water. We call them dead heads because when they’re underwater for a long period of time they would rise due to oxidation. Every day that log made my beach look like a eye sore so I finally got fed up with it sticking out. I got my four-wheeler and hooked it up with chains to pull it out. Only to find that there were chains already attached to it. They weren’t just any ordinary chains; they were antique logging chains from way back in 1960s. My mom used to be one of those log runners that would stand on a bunch of logs and push them down the river to the old mill. These chains represent the lumber industries from way back when there wasn’t any electricity around here. Every time I look at the old chains I wonder what those chains have been through and think the possibilities on how and when they used them. These rusty old chains represent the hard working community of the early 1960s.