This was triggered by perusing bi-weekly reports of CO Leonard Bloomquist, stationed in Watersmeet and Ewen in 50s-60s. I ran across his reports for the last week of May 1961 and early June. Sometime during that time frame I graduated from Rudyard High School and I thought it interesting to see what the office was doing as I got ready to move on to the next phase of my life — all the way over on the other (eastern) side of the Yoop.
Sunday, May 21 — On duty at 9 A.M. Left house and patrolled on fired, game and fish in T47N,R39W, T46N, R40W. Checked at Tanland and Erickson lake for any fishing. Left here and drove to Bond Falls Basin and checked fishermen on the Basin. Left here and checked at Paulding Canal for any fishing, and at Paulding Trout Pond. Left here and checked fishermen at Robins Pond and on the Sucker and Two Mile Rivers. Left here and returned to Bond Falls Basin and continued to check for illegal fishing. Lefer here qt 3 P.M. and returned to Ewen. Left Ewen at 6 P.M. and drove to Bond Falls Basin and checked fishermen coming off the Basin for illegal fist. Left there at 9 P.M. and returned to Ewen, off duty.[9 hours; 71 miles]
Monday, May 22 — Pass Day. [This means day off. Same term used today, a half-century later].
Tuesday, May 23 — Pass Day.
Wednesday, May 24 — On duty at 8 A.M. Left home and patrolled in T48N, R39W. Checked fishermen on Clear and Baltimore Rivers. Left here and drove to Agate Falls and checked on fishing on the Ontonogon river (sic). The water is still high here due to opening up the dam at Bond Falls. Checked on beaver dam complaint in Sec 7 T48N,R36W. The Soo line RR complains of a beaver dam here that might cause trouble plugging the culvert running under the track.In this spot the RR track is 75 feet over the culvert. The beaver dam is on the up side of the track and the dam is on private property. The beaver have been taken out and the dam is dry. There is no damage and none anticipated. I left here and continued patrol in T48N,R38W and checked on fire and grass conditions in the N. Paynesville area. I returned to Ewen at 1 PM Left home at 3 PM and drove to Paulding and then to Bond Falls and checked fishermen on the Basin and on the Ontonogon river. Fishing fair to good on perch and a few trout. I left here and returned to Ewen and off duty at 9 P.M.[11 hours, 72 miles]
Thursday, May 25 — On duty at 8 A.M.. Left home and drove to Hasenberg residence and picked up fire tools. Left here and drove to Bergland and conferred with Officer Grant. Left here and drove to Wakefield Station and turned over worn out and broken fire tools. Picked up outboard motor and supplies. Left Wakefield and returned to Ewen. Did some office sork. Left home at 1 PM and patrolled in T48N,R38W and checked for any fishing on the Ontonogon river and checked on game conditions and called on keymen in this area. Patrolled in the vicinitiy of Agate Falls and checked on fishermen in Ontonogon river. Returned to Ewen at 5 PM.[9 hours, 69 miles]
Friday, May 26 — On duty at 8 A.M. Left home and patrolled T47N, R39W. Checked on fishermen in Tanland Lake.Checked for any fishing on Erickson Lake. Continued to Paulding Pond in T46N,R39W and checked for any fishing. Left here and continued patrol to Bond Falls Basin and checked fishermen. Left here and patrolled T46 N, R40 W and T47N, R40W and checked for any fishing on the Sucker, Bluff and Two Mile Rivers. Checked at Steusser Lake for any fishing. Returned to Ewen at 6 P.M. [10 hours, 58 miles]
Saturday, May 27 — On duty at 8 AM.Left home and patrolled on fire, fish and game in T46N, R45W and T49N,R40N. Checked on fire conditions and also on game conditions. I returned to Ewen t noon. Left home at 1 PM and patrolled in T46N,R394?W. Met Officer Thomson at Paulding and he accompanied me on patrol of T46N,R39W.Returned to Paulding and then I accompanied him on patrol in his area. Checking fishermen on Lac Vew Desert.Left Watersmeet at 11 PM and returned to Ewen and off duty at midnite [16 hours, 94 miles].
Sunday, May 28 — On duty at 8 AM. Left home and checked on fire, fish, and game in T48N,R39W. Checked for any fishing on Baltimore and Clear creeks. Talked with keymen in this area. Continued patrol in T47N,R39W. Checked at Tanland and Erickson lake for any fishing. Left here and continued to Bond Falls Basin and patrolled for illegal fishing. I returned to Ewen at 2 PM.Left home at 4 PM and drove to Paulding and checked at Paulding Pond on trout fishing and trout fishermen on Sucker creek. Left here and drove to Bond Falls Basin and checked for illegal fishing in boats coming off the Basin. Left here at 9 PM and returned to Ewen.[11 hours, 72 miles]
Monday, May 29 — Pass Day
Tuesday, May 30 — On duty at 8 AM. Left home and patrolled on fire, fish and game in T48N,R38W and T47N, R39W. Checked Tanland and Erickson lake for any fishing. Drove to Bond Falls Basin and checked for illegal fish. Big perch are being caught here. Fishermen report catching a lot of bass. The fishing pressure on Bond Falls Dam is heavy. Fishing pressure in streams is very light. Paulding and Robbins Trout pond are being fished quite heavy.Not much luck. I continued patrol in T46N, R48N. Checked at Two Mile and Sucker creek and at Bluff creek for any fishing. Checked at Steusser lake for any fishing.I retuned to Ew2en and off duty at 8 PM [10 hours, 68 miles]
Wednesday, May 31 — Pass Day
Thursday, June 1 — On duty ta 9 AM.Left Ewen and drove to Watersmeet and with the US Forest Service Ranger checked on gravel permit in Sec 21, T44N, R39W. Left Watersmeet at noon and returned to Paulding and then patrolled on fire, fish and game in T46N,R39W, + R47N,R40W,+ T46N, 40W. Checked on lakes and sterams in this area for any fishing. Checked on fire and game conditions. In the evening checked fishermen coming of the Bond Falls Basi. Left here and returned to Ewen and off duty 9 PM [12 hours, 97 miles]
Friday, June 2 — Pass Day
Saturday, June 3 — On duty at 8 AM. Left home and drove to Sec8 T47N, R88W and checked fishermen at Agate Falls. Patolled along the Ontonogon river above the falls and checked on fishing. Left here and continued patrol in T47N,R39W. Checked at Tanland and Erickson lake for any fishing. Left here and checked at Paulding Canal and Paulding Trout Pond for any fishing. Left here and drove to Bond Falls Basin and checked fishermen. Left here at 4 PM and patrolled in T47N,R40W. Checked on Bluff creek for any fishing and watch for illegal fishing aat Steusser lake. Left here and off duty at 9 PM [12 hours, 78 miles]
1) CO Blooomquist was a pretty fair typist, but a little loose on punctuation, spelling etc.
2) Today’s officers would not be as predictable as Officer Bloomquist was in terms of starting duty daily. Today’s officers vary time on and quitting times and rarely use same routes to or away from home. They try to create no patterns or tracks.
3) CO Bloomquist was patrolling most of the time in his own sedan, not 4WD. The district had a Jeep, but officers had to sign up for it in advance.
4) During the pay period the officer worked 100 hours in nine days, had 5 Pass Days, and drove 678 miles.
5) Officers still maintain “dailies” (on computers, not on carbon paper reports) such as CO Bloomquist’s and, by and large, their duties remain quite similar, though there are far more tasks for today’s officers than back then. Not to mention a lot more people contacts and complaints.
I hope you all find this interesting. I do. It’s nice to know that certain patterns an activities and priorities persist.
So that was looking backward. Looking forward, I’m having lunch with cadaver dog handler Sue Stejsjal. Her dog is a chocolate lab named Buzz and it will be fun to learn something about a subject that’s all new to me. The only thought I could think was I hope her dog doesn’t get a lot of work. Over.