In The Blood- A Documentary about the Maine Lumbermen from the 17th Century to the early 20th Century


I am working on a documentary film titled "In The Blood". It is an illustration of the 19th century Maine lumbermen and the logging camp culture. I am using very rare interviews, films, and photos that have been stashed away in archives for years.

I thought some of you may be interested. It is currently in development, but I am hoping for a late Winter/early Spring release!

If you're interested, please visit the facebook page:

or the film's site, which has clips from interviews, a gallery, trailer, and selections from the score:


Thank You!

Sumner McKane

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What a great project!  I can't wait to see this documentary film.  My grandfather was one of those loggers at the turn of the 20th century in Aroostook County. During the summer, he was a farmer. But after the harvest was in, he'd take his team of horses into the woods and spend weeks away from home cutting and hauling logs.

Hi Timothy,

Thanks for the reply. I love hearing stories about parents and grandparents who worked in the woods around the turn of the century.

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Dear Sumner, Your project is so interesting. My family came from millinocket Maine a major logging community historically. I am doing a pilgrimage there to discover my past and learn more about my family, my history and who my people were.I believe some were involved in logging.  I was given up for adoption and this pilgrimage is an interesting endeavor. I would like to talk to you more about it an an idea I have to share.

Please cotact me if yoy have the opportunity.


hi kathy,

thanks for the note. your search sounds very exciting.

sure thing, i'd like to hear the idea that you have to share!

take care, sumner

Dear Mr. McKane,

I, too, am descended from that most sturdy of stock, the Maine lumberman.  My 5th great-grandfather was Charles T Gellerson of the Gellerson Plantation, Weston, Aroostook, Maine.  He was one of the leading citizen's of Weston, where he built and operated one of the first sawmills.  According to the History of Weston, one of grandfather's sons had a town in Aroostook County named after him, this being Selden, Maine.  I eagerly anticipate your documentary and I am sure many of the members at the Maine Genealogical Network feel the same.


Sheri L Dodge

Wow, very cool, Sheri!

I have heard a handful of interviews with men who worked near Weston in the early 20th century (I think... near Grand Lake, Spednic Lake, etc.?) I have never been up there but I hope to this Summer.

Thanks very much for the reply! If you would like to receive updates on the film's progress or to be notified when it becomes available, you can join my mailing list, or check out the facebook page.

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