The Lumberjacks Shanty Boys we called them. They came from everywhere some were orphans, some were drifters, some were bums. They were the product of a nation that didn t seem to care, wanderers who marched to different drums. Few were educated, most could neither read nor write but they harnessed heart and muscle with a will. The hours they worked were killers, from dawn til no more light but their labors built our nation on a hill. Machines do heavy liftin' now where Shanty Boys once strode. Their times, though not forgotten, didn t last. They were giants in their hey-day but they ve passed on down the road, the sawdust and the woodchips of our past.
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Ben Mukkala is a native of Marquette, Michigan where he graduated from Gravaraet High School and, much later, Ball State University in Indiana. He enlisted in the U. S. Air Force during the Korean War as a Private. He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant, was later commissioned a Lieutenant, trained as a pilot and rose through the ranks, served a tour in Southeast Asia flying combat missions in an F-4 Phantom jet fighter-bomber. Ben retired in 1970 with the rank of Major. After retirement, Ben flew various aircraft, sailed boats, and traveled. He enjoys the outdoors and an active life. He began writing during his Air Force career and is published in several flying and outdoor magazines and various newspapers. He has written several books. He is the father of three daughters and one son, and stepfather to two sons and four daughters. He currently lives with his wife, Dorothy, in Marquette, Michigan.Review:
I just finished SAWDUST and WOODCHIPS and I have to tell you it is the best lumbering-UP book I have ever read. I learned a lot of new information. I especially enjoyed the Art Keeler story and learning about your Yellow Dog cabin!! Thank you! rick-petoskey I have never had a writer capture the feeling of the UP like you Ben!! --Richard A. Wiles; reader
Reading this book is like chatting (with Ben) across the kitchen table. You learn a lot about logging with many good stories thrown in. --Andrew Grgurich; book reviewer
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Book Description Still Waters Publishing, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110970997183
Book Description Still Waters Publishing, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: New. N/A (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M0970997183