The storm stopped by Christmas Day. They walked on snowshoes for about two miles to find out what had happened. Mrs. Johnstonís father came and got them with his team of horses. They then spent a merry Christmas with their family.
Most times at Christmas, the men would stop work and leave the woods for two weeks. Many of the men had not seen their families since they went into the woods in the fall.
With the wood all cut and the yarding done, the next job would be to plow the main hauling road and landing. This was done with two heavy horses hauling a wooden plow. Any side roads where yarding and cutting was done were also plowed. It took about a week to plow the main hauling road. Usually the road ran one to three miles. If the road was longer, they used water to ice it over.
Now it was time to haul the logs to the landing, wait until spring, and begin the drive to the mills. The hauling would continue one to two months until the end of March. Then it was time to store the food for the next year and take some time off until the drive started.
When the men returned, the first thing to do would be to clear the landing of all the logs. This took from one to two weeks based on the number of logs there were. After this was done, the peavymen would start to work. The peavies were long pointed poles with a hook on the end. The men were called peavyman because they worked with these poles. It was their job to keep the lumber moving along the river to Red Bank.