I came across the following quote which I found of interest. "...I lost my son(s) sic, a fine boy of four years old, by the small pox... I long regretted bitterly and still regret that I had not given it to him by inoculation; this I mention for the sake of parents, who omit that operation on the supposition that they should never forgive themselves if a child died under it..." Ben Franklin, 1736; page 326 in 'The Colonizers'.
Congratulations to the two winners of the giveaway of 'Wisconsin Logging Camp, 1921'. Each will receive a signed first edition copy. Thank you to all the entrants for your interest. I hope each of you have an opportunity to read the book and enjoy learning more about this fascinating period in history.
While doing research for 'WLC, 1921', I found two particularly useful resource books which helped reconcile inconsistencies in first person accounts and clarified slang terms, including the confirmation of the job 'chickadee'. Ralph Clement Bryant's 'Logging the Principles and General Methods of Operation', published 1923, and Carl Schenck's, 'Logging and Lumbering, the Utilization of Forests', published 1912.
I have found a productive place to find ideas for historical novels or to flesh out content of current projects has been first person period accounts. An example would be a source like 'The Colonizers', an aggregation of letters and journals from the 16th to early 19th Century North America.