Delores Flesher donated this photo, which she said was mailed to his wife by her uncle from Priest River in 1936. It shows 5 million feet of logs in the Priest River below the highway bridge. Each spring the log drives delivered logs to the mills via the Priest and Pend Oreille rivers.
This photo from the Peterson collection, originally donated by Bill Whetsler, shows Bill and his crew aboard the bateau in a rapids on Priest River. The bateau was a flat-bottomed river boat used in guiding the logs downstream.
Photo, from the Peterson collection, shows the Diamond Match bateau and crew headed out of a log jam in Priest River, on which a fifth man is crouched. If the logs piled up on a projection in the middle of the river, it was a “center” jam. If it touched the bank, it was a “wing” jam.
Vivienne Beardmore McAlexander donated this photo of the Beardmore boom in the Pend Oreille River at Priest River. Beardmore’s logs were sent to that boom from the Sorting Gaps.
Donor Joann England said her father, Red Rouse, is one of the men shown in this photo of men working the log drive on Priest River. Note the white water.
The late Dave Bryant, Sr. donated this photo of the driving crew in probably 1939 or 1940: From left to right, shown with their canthooks, back row, Bill Whetsler, Norman Doolittle, Bud Bryant, Phil Prince, Art Larson, Guy Hensley, Chet Bates; in front, kneeling, Pete Golden, Ellis Fry, Clarence Pingel, and Mart Guamer.
This “river pig,” who has been identified as Leo Black, got dunked, but he still has a peavey in his hands. This was a requirement of drive foreman Bill Whetsler—come up with your peavey in your hand or find another job.
These fellows are working to clear a log jam on the Peninsula, near McAbee Falls. The photo belonged to the late Red Rouse.