tv Reel America Men of the Forest - 1952 CSPAN April 3, 2021 10:49pm-12:00am EDT
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in a loan house on the edge of a forest, a boy lay awake with excitement, for this was to be an important day in his life. ♪ he had hardly slept the night before, but not his brother harry. in all fairness, who could blame. ? for him, it was just another day of work. but for the boy it was the first day of his vacation from school, and he was going to make the most of it. ♪ his father was still asleep, and
he took care not to wake him. in the kitchen, his mother was making breakfast, and it would soon be ready. though the boy and his family lived on a small farm, they were people of the forest. his father and brother make their living with the stroke of the axe and the pull of this e saw, and today, for the first time, the boy was to work at their site in the forest. -- side in the forest. ♪
yes, it felt good to the boy having wonderful people for a family. his mother, a gentle woman, who gave loving care to her family. his father, lewis, a kind man who was as wise as he was strong. and his brother, harry, who worked hard and -- ♪ together, they were the hunter family. for over 80 years, the hunter family has owned this farm. the boy's grandfather and his father before him planted cotton on this land. but ever since his father was
old enough to lift and ask, he had been a woodsman, cutting and hauling logs. his tools were the simple tools of the forest, the axe and the two-handled saw. ♪ to james, like any other farmboy, there were two kinds of choice, those he would rather do , and those he would rather not, but did anyhow. ♪
the muscles he was so proud of where hardened at the pump handle, and strengthened by the weight of water carried in a bucket. ♪ the hunters owned a truck for carrying the cut logs to the mill, and the mare call the lady who dragged the logs from the forest. the hunters have always worked for themselves, not for wages, and their earnings depended on how hard they worked.
and so on this day that james would always remember, he and his father and brother set out for the forest. his chest swelled with pride, for today he felt like a partner in the firm of hunter and sons. as every morning, lewis hunter stopped down the road to talk to archie and his helper. like the boys father, mr. hodges was a man of the forest. they were all good friends and neighbors, living by the code of the woodsman, respecting the unspoken pledge to help each
other in the time of need. ♪ the hunters and hodges cut timber in the heart of george is 20 million acres of woodland -- georgia's 20 million acres of woodland. this land belongs to many people, so he must pay for the rights to cut trees on the land. it was a short trip to the tract of land with the hunters arranged to cut trees, but the hodges had a little further to go. ♪ ♪
taking shape, then they heard a truck coming down the road. ♪ it was their neighbor, archie hodges, already on his way to the mill with a full load of logs. james asked his father if he could visit the hodges to watch all of his mechanical equipment cutting logs, but his father said, "later, now there is work to be done. " ♪ [chopping wood] [sawing wood] [cracking wood]
after working steadily since morning, nothing would have been more welcome than a rest, but then archie hodges came back down the road with another full load. [truck engine] ♪ among the trees in the clearing, one stood taller than the rest. why not cut it since it was close, the boy asked, but father hunter said, no. the tree had been left standing for a purpose, and he explained what it was, the seeds in the
cones it drop would take root, and the tree would be mother to a new forest. but there were other trees older and sturdier, ready to be cut. waiting for his work to begin, james thought about archie hodges and how fast he was able to cut and load. james decided to visit the hodges and watch him work -- them work. ♪
over to talk. both of them tried to act like grown-up men of the forest. ♪ donald's father came over and invited james to stay, but james said he had to leave. ♪ father hunter and harriet were working just as he had left them , bent low, the sweat running, the saw cutting at the tree with a steady snarl, not
from the largest train james had ever seen, a sling was lowered to cradle the load. in a moment, the logs were up and awake, and all there was to show for a day of sweat and toil was a piece of paper folded away in father hunters pocket. -- hunters' pocket. ♪ father and son were on their way to the cashier's office, was a man pulled up. he lived 10 miles up the road,
but close enough to be calm a neighbor. -- called a neighbor. even before the truck stop, his power saw caught the boy's eye. people see beauty in different things. to james hunter, that saw with its shiny blade was a thing of beauty. tom, to him it meant something else, more logs with less work. ♪ ♪ archie hodges was paid for three loads able. -- loads of wood.
♪ tom reese was paid for three loads of wood. the hunters, who had worked harder than the rest, received a third as much pay. if the boy was sad for his father, there was no need to be. he had courage. with your help, he joked, we will soon be making twice as much. james finally asked his father, why couldn't we own a power saw like the others? his father had a ready answer. they could not afford it. a soft like that cost a great -- saw like that cost a great deal of money, and they were still paying for their truck which was their most essential piece of equipment for their work. ♪
seldom wasn't their money for extra things. so long as hunter and sons cut trees by hand, there was little chance of bettering themselves. with a power saw, they could triple their earnings, but to get a saw men working harder and making sacrifices. the money belong to all of them, so it was up to all to decide. on that summer evening that will live in the boy's memory of knew what the family's decision would be. ♪ -- memory, james knew what the family's decision would be. ♪ ♪
kept at their task, doing three days of work in two. ♪ the hunter truck was always last at the mill. they became a familiar sight to the workers on their way home at closing time. and the man at the measuring station always greeted him with a smile, because he understood what they were trying to do. ♪
though they had saved their truck, they had still suffered a loss, many logs that would have meant money at the mill were charred and worthless. ♪ but father hunter was a sensible as he was good. so long as they had their strength, they could always cut more logs. and this they did. ♪ ♪ by that time the first jar was filled and set aside for the
yes, the saw was all they expected. the purr of the engine was music to the ears. the two-handle saw was forgotten. [saw engine] [sawing wood] ♪ by continuing to work from daybreak to dusk, they were able to deliver logs to the mill three times a day. ♪ [truck engine] ♪ and now, when father hunter turned in his slips, he received as much money for one day of work as he used to for three.
it was a good feeling, good for all of them, and it showed in many ways. ♪ there was extra time and money for things they could never do before. ♪ and when there was finally enough money, hunter and sons did not forget an obligation long postponed. ♪ mother hunter, who had given so much, was at last to get what she wanted most. ♪
it may seem foolish to polish and caress a machine of rubber and steel, but not to the hunters. for them, the saw is familiar and friendly. it had joined them together as a family so that they might better themselves. they are better, not only because of the extra food and luxuries they are able to buy, they are better because in working for a common good, they have strengthened the family bond, for out of their achievement was born a new love, a deep affection, and a greater respect for one another. ♪ ♪ [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]
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