Oxen were skidders of the nineteenth century; essential for logging. Daniel Seavey’s papers have several statements concerning oxen. Here we look at the summaries of these.

On March 24, 1857 Wesley J. Fenlason sold William B. Dowling one yoke of oxen, one red and one dark brindle for $75.00.

On October 8, 1857 William Dowling sold the same oxen to Daniel S. Sevey for $80.40.

1858 paid by D. S. Sevey to A. P. Cushing $7.88; $3.50 for shoeing horses; $4.38 for 500 alewives.

June 6, 1860 D. S. Sevey bought a pair of two-year-old steers from John Fenlason, one dark brown and one brindle with a white spot on his face for the sum of $36.00.

September 24, 1860 Daniel S. Sevey bot of George W. Davis one pair oxen seven years old, the same bought of N. S. Fenlason known as the Crowley oxen for $85.00.

June 26, 1865 D. S. Sevey bot of Elisha P. Fenlason one pair of oxen, six years old known as the L. Andrews oxen, girth six feet and six inches, one red color and the other speckled. $80.00

September 21, 1866 – This is to certify that I sell to D. S. Sevey one yoak (sic) of oxen, one black and the other red buffalo for $175.00 – Benjamin Shattuck, Jr.

From oxen to horses to log haulers

Oxen and horses at George McRae logging operation

Image from Rebecca Hobart



Horse Power at H. F. Eaton logging operation
Image from John M. Dudley

At least two log haulers were at work fetching logs to the mills at Woodland in 1911

Image from Ralph Stewart