Some of his most loved recollections require waking up at 4 a.m. in the wintertime, feeding the horses, heading out into the woods at 6 a.m. and felling trees around Nashwauk, Minn.
Charlie, Bob’s father who immigrated to the U.S. from Finland at age 12, had a logging camp with 30-35 lumberjacks keeping there at a time. Bob followed his father into the sector and then his sons joined him, far too. Merged, the a few generations have put in extra than 100 several years in the logging and lumber industries.
Loggers from the Latvala camp pose for a image in entrance of logs that will be utilised as supports in underground mines on the Iron Range in 1935. (Picture courtesy of Dave DiCarlo)
With the aid of his daughter and son-in-legislation, Bob, now 94 and a resident of Majestic Pines Senior Living in Grand Rapids, Minn., compiled tales and images from his family’s century-extended background in the northwoods in a 2014 book “Latvalas — A Century of Logging and Lumber.”
Nancy DiCarlo, Bob’s daughter, mentioned the e-book was a way to hold the family members background alive.
“We served to capture the tales, not just the shots,” Nancy said.
David DiCarlo, Nancy’s husband, mentioned soon after Bob picked some pictures for the reserve, he scanned them in and confirmed them on the tv screen to slim them down even further.
Dave DiCarlo and Nancy DiCarlo stand with Bob Latvala, 94, on Thursday, July 1, 2021, who wrote a e-book that includes shots from his family’s a lot more than 100-yr background in northern Minnesota’s logging market. (Clint Austin / email@example.com)
Bob experienced a tale for every image.
“Every time a image came up, the recollections just arrived gushing back … he was reliving near to 100 yrs of logging historical past,” Dave reported.
That went on for “days in a row until finally he could not communicate,” Dave reported.
Paging via the reserve, readers begin with old black-and-white images of Charlie’s logging camp, then progress into color photographs of the household applying modern day machines at Latvala Lumber Co. The guide serves as a timeline, showing the alterations in technological innovation and logging procedures about extra than a century.
“We did anything by hand,” Bob said. “We did not have loaders or everything.”
Bob Latvala and pal Calvin Stinar hand load pulp wood for transportation in 1945. (Photograph courtesy of Dave DiCarlo)
Only a number of cords of logs for every day could be stripped of bark by hand (typically by little ones as their father dealt with the chainsaw), but they ultimately received a equipment that could do 100 cords for every day.
It also highlights the often-odd contraptions employed above the many years. In the early 1900s, his father made use of a Lombard — fundamentally a steam-driven locomotive on skid-fashion tracks and skis applied to pull logs to landings at railroads and sawmills.
In the early 1900s, Bob Latvala’s father, Charlie Latvala, utilized a Lombard — a steam-run engine on skid-style tracks and skis utilised to pull logs to landings at railroads and sawmills. (Photo courtesy of Dave DiCarlo)
All over the book, photos of horses and oxen pulling sleighs loaded entire of logs are little by little changed by equipment designed to make issues simpler. Tracked crawlers show up in the 1930s and vans in the 1940s.
Bob explained horses ended up nevertheless made use of after Planet War II, but by the 1950s were mainly retired.
New engineering designed every thing simpler, Bob explained.
It also replaced the camps of many dozen pancake-eating, flannel-carrying lumberjacks (Bob explained those people aren’t stereotypes — lumberjacks at his father’s camp would stuff on their own with pancakes in the morning, then shove leftovers into their flannel shirt pockets to bribe their horses).
The Latvala sawmill working in 1982. (Picture courtesy of Dave DiCarlo)
The Latvalas’ companies transformed with the instances too.
When Charlie retired in 1951, Bob and his brother, Richard, took over the logging enterprise, renaming it Latvala Brothers Forest Products and solutions, and later included a wooden chipper to provide paper mills and a sawmill to slash lumber to customers’ specifications.
Leaving a legacy
Bob Latvala and son David Latvala scale, or evaluate, a load of logs in 1982. (Picture courtesy of Dave DiCarlo)
Just as Bob followed his father into logging, Bob’s sons, Jim and David, adopted their father. The two owned Latvala Lumber in Nashwauk and Grand Rapids. It remained in the family right up until Could, when it was marketed.
Given that the early 1990s to 2021, the household recorded in excess of 100 a long time in Northeastern Minnesota’s logging and lumber industries. But they want the history to reside on.
Bob, Nancy and Dave all hope the e-book preserves tales and photos for potential generations to respect.
Bob reported he desires the book to be “something for the youth and family to bear in mind.” Nancy explained it as “a small bit of a spouse and children legacy.”
Bob Latvala and a newborn bear in 1985 just after a grapple driver uncovered a den with hibernating bears. The mother bear was tranquilized by animal specialists and was taken out together with her cub. The bears, and two orphaned cubs then adopted by the mom bear, were returned to the den. (Image courtesy of Dave DiCarlo)
For Nancy, compiling the e-book brought her “great joy” and looking at her father smile as he instructed her stories and “knowing that the stories them selves aren’t just heading to get missing,” she reported.
For Bob, it was a fruits of a lifetime of tough function in a complicated marketplace.
“It’s been tough do the job, really hard perform,” Bob said. “But I’m glad we went that way.”