When writing reminiscences of one summer’s experience as a bog laborer, I sure didn’t mean to stir up such a well spring of confusion, and am truly sorry that I obviously can not pinpoint the site of my most concerted and exhausting...and invigorating, and memorable labors!
Are these lines marking present land ownership? Do they indicate such during the 1960s?
Boyd,Try this: go to the following website
Find the box that says "geo coordinates or street address" and paste the following into it (this is the area you circled on the map)
Click the "Go" button, then click the "Aerials" button. You will now see a list of the years they have available. 1963 should get you close enough. I really don't see evidence of a bog there, and what you have said would make more sense on the West side of the river.
I would be hard-pressed to find places I hung out in 1960... but I was only 11 years old then.
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Hi, Rooftree,Dave; let's try this one. This appears to be a very small bog right at the bank on the east side of the Wading River. It is a little further south then what we've been discussing. It's not too far south of the bridge that takes you across the river. The bog was not there in 1957, however it appears on the 1963 map as only one section and fed by a stream. It just so happens that's where the Ives Branch dumps into the Wading River.
What do you think on this one?
Nice to have you back!
I have enjoyed your recent reminiscences as much as the memories you shared 15 years ago.
After following the thread, I am convinced that you are thinking of the Ives Branch bogs that Roof Tree has discussed.
1) We know for sure that they were owned by Palmer at the time.
2) In an earlier post you described driving to the bogs and your recollections appear to take you to the area of Ives Branch.
3) They are the only active bogs (at the time) on the east side of the Wading and within a reasonable distance of Wading River Bridge.
4) Your description of a chain of several bogs that were longer than they were wide matches perfectly.
5) The area of low brush on the east side of the bogs appears on aerials from the 50s and 60s.
6) There is a building just east of the clearing with an east-west ridge line. The structure may have been associated with an adjacent property, however.
7) Most of your other descriptions seem to match as well.
The only difficulty is explaining a river JUST west of the bog network. Indeed the Wading river itself is about a half mile distant. However, the land just west of the bogs is quite low and would have been surrounded by vegetation that may have resembled a riverbank. I am guessing that as you headed in to the bogs from the gravel road, it would appear that you were paralleling the river.
The fact that aerials from the 50s and 60s show no other active bogs operations on the east side of the river all the way up to and beyond Harrisville, convinces me that we located your missing bogs.
The details you were able to remember from a summer spent in the pines 60 years ago is remarkable. Thanks for sharing!