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They Sawed Up A StormThey Sawed Up A Storm: The Women's Sawmill at Turkey Pond, New Hampshire, 1942

by Sarah Shea Smith

In 1942, a group of New Hampshire women operated a sawmill on the shores of Turkey Pond, Concord. The sawmill, one of two on the pond, was built by the U.S. Forest Service to saw up what remained of the logs stored in the water from the 1938 hurricane. They Sawed Up A Storm is a book about this group of women, the 1938 hurricane, the timber salvage efforts and the determination of the people of New England.

Readers' Comments

"The other night I lay in bed thinking about those sawmill days. The work was hard and demanding. I remember I had to wear two pairs of socks to keep my feet warm and to prevent the men's boots from falling off."
--Barbara Webber Ford (age 90)

"The women of the Turkey Pond sawmill surprised the world with their strength, skill, and commitment. New Hampshire history; U.S. history; feminist history; it's a corker of a tale."
--Rebbeca Rule, writer and storyteller

"Rosie the Riveter was a heroic force in World War II, but in New Hampshire Laura Willey and the other women at the Turkey Pond sawmill transformed hurricane-downed trees into lumber. Smith spent over a decade researching the tale."
--James L. Garvin, State architectural historian

"Sarah Smith put the historic women's sawmill at Turkey Pond into context--the devastating hurricane of 1938 and the U.S. entry into World War II. Her writing is straightforward, letting the original material and photographs tell the story. People who know Concord, foresters, historians and others will appreciate what Smith has done in bringing this material together. It's a great read!"
--Jane Difley, president/forester, Society for the Protection of New Hampshirešs Forests

About the Author

Sarah Shea Smith is Extension professor and specialist, Forest Industry, at the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, a post she's held since 1989. Sarah has worked as a hardwood lumber inspector, a teacher, and a door-and-trim carpenter. She holds a bachelor of science degree in forestry and a master's in occupational education from the University of New Hampshire. Sarah and her husband, Peter, live in Newmarket, New Hampshire.

Ordering Information

ISBN: 978-0-9828236-2-0, softcover, 6x9, 80 pages, / $15.00, plus $5 S&H / Nonfiction / Publication Date: April 2011.

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Sarah Smith, 31 Smith Garrison Rd., Newmarket, NH 03857


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