Type of Work: Extractive and Mining Industries

The Crooks and McLean Company monument shop in Carthage

The Crooks and McLean Company monument shop at 225 State Street in Carthage. In the early 1900s, Crooks and McLean Co was the largest retail dealer of granite and marble monument work in northern New York. One of Crooks and McLean’s biggest projects was the mausoleum for the Frederick Marcy estate in Boonville in 1907, which […]

Operating a Log Skidder in Elizabethtown

Lumberjack Philip Jackson operating a Log Skidder in Elizabethtown

Lumberjack Philip Jackson operating a 1978 John Deere 440C skidder. In the foreground is Jack Pulsifer. The skidder is on top of a pile of large, soft maple logs cut close to the Boquet River. Spring 2016. Elizabethtown, NY. Courtesy of Philip N. Jackson IV. Jackson says he’s been logging for about 66 years. Listen […]

Johnson siblings spreading chair flag out to dry near Redwood

Johnson siblings spreading chair flag out to dry near Redwood

Siblings Dave & Elaine Johnson spreading out chair flag, the green leaf of cattail, out to dry. The chair flag was the green leaf of cattail, which they used to weave the bottom of seats when making chairs. 1976. Three miles north of Redwood, a hamlet in the town of Alexandria, NY. Courtesy of Dave […]

Roy Johnson checking a chair flag near Redwood

Roy Johnson checking a chair flag near Redwood

Roy C. Johnson is in the process of checking a chair flag, curing it and making sure it’s dry. “Chair flag” is a local term for the green leaf of the cattail,  which are dried and twisted into ropes of rush that were/are used in furniture-making for the bottom of chair seats, often referred to […]

Trapper Roy Johnson with pelts in Brier Hill

Trapper Roy Johnson with animal pelts in Brier Hill

Roy C. Johnson, who was known as the “preacher-trapper” because those were his two occupations, displaying pelts he trapped. Circa 1960. Hamlet of Brier Hill in Morristown, NY. Courtesy of Dave Johnson.

Trapper Roy Johnson with a rack of pelts in Philadelphia

Trapper Roy Johnson with a rack of pelts in Philadelphia

Roy C. Johnson, who was known as the “preacher-trapper” because those were his two occupations, posing in front of a rack of pelts he trapped. Included are fox, coyote, raccoon, mink, and muskrat. Early 1970s. Philadelphia, NY. Courtesy of Dave Johnson.