George A. Corrigan
Inducted October 5, 1990
Logger, conservationist, author George Corrigan was all of these during a lifetime devoted to improving the lot of the lumberjack and advancing the cause of forestry and conservation. His autobiographical book “Calked Boots and Canthooks” relates his many varied experiences in the timber industry of the Northwoods. He was a respected member of the Forestry Advisory Committee under the former Wisconsin Conservation Commission and was a past-president of the Wisconsin- Michigan Timber Producers Association. After he conceived the idea of a Forest History Association of Wisconsin and became its co-founder it was said of him, “He believed in preserving the past and building for the future.”
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George Corrigan spent his entire life in the timber industry, working at almost every job related to logging. In this book, George recalls 25 years, from 1912 to 1937, spent in the forests of Northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan as a lumberjack and contract logger. He served on the Wisconsin Forestry Advisory Committee, was past president and charter member of the Michigan-Wisconsin Timber Producers Association, was timber supply consultant to the U.S. Department of Interior, and received the highest award for conservation leadership from the Wisconsin Chapter of the Soil Conservation Society of America.
The following comment was made about George Corrigan, and his book, “Caulked Boots and Cant Hooks.”
“Here is an individual who in Northern Wisconsin has shown more active interest in forestry activities and conservation than anyone. He is a firm believer in multiple use management, one willing to weigh all sides of a discussion, and one who commands the respect and admiration of all in this area.” The Soil Conservation Society of American Achievement Award was presented to George Corrigan in 1968 by the Wisconsin Chapter of Soil Conservation Society of America.