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Carnivorous Stump?

Carnivorous Stump?

While most of Thomson Township’s virgin timber was logged off by the turn of the century, some huge trees remained.  The fact that this massive stump was hollow (virtually swallowing local woodsman Mike Mattila) indicates its core had rotted out when the photo was taken in 1912.  Whether Mattila felled the tree himself is not known, but if he did, he most certainly used something other than the tool in his left hand.  In 1916, Mattila, a Finnish immigrant, acquired land and later built the first house on what today is the northern section of Helberg Road.  The property was purchased in 1934 by William Helberg, the road’s namesake. (Esko Historical Society photo) 

Uploaded: Thu Jul 29, 2010 @ 08:09PM by Eva Lisa Nynas


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