Term: Lumberjacks' nicknames (logging)
A very great number of lumberjacks were known by nicknames. These names were often descriptive of their work or indicated certain characteristics of the individual. It was not uncommon for a woods worker to spend his entire lumberjack life known by a name not his own. Indeed some lumberjacks assumed a different name because they were losing themselves in the north woods from family or from some infringement of the law. More often, however, nicknames were given lumberjacks by their fellow workers. A few of these nicknames are preserved. All of those listed here are of lumberjacks that roamed the woods in the general area of Rhinelander, Wisconsin.
Billie the Bow
Bill the Dangler
Bill the Moocher
Charley the Logger
Dick the Dancer
Hungry Dan Shea
Jack the Ripper
Jimmie on the Trail
Larry the Kicker
The Hemlock Bull
View more information about logging elsewhere at wisconsinhistory.org
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[Source: Sorden, L.G. and Isabel J. Ebert. Logger's Words of Yesteryears. (Madison, 1956)]