The Sawdust Dream

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Back in the days now growing dim, they stuffed kids' cloth dolls with sawdust. With exposure to time and sharp fingernails and careless heels, the cloth became torn, the sawdust seeped out and the lovely doll collapsed.

This is the story of a man's dream of a family-size sawmill cutting lumber in a land of clean sparkling trout streams with endless green forests of white and yellow pine, fir, tamarack, and cedar and of families which would work it in mutual love and respect and live happily there forever... and how the sawdust ran out of the dream.


Bert Russell was born in Harrison, Idaho and worked as a logger, river driver, shipyard electrician, timber cruiser, rancher and writer. Bert passed away in 1997. Marie Russell continued to keep the stories told by these pioneers alive by making the books available to the public. Marie donated the books she had on hand to the Museum of North Idaho. Marie died Dec. 2014.


"An absorbing account of the hopes and disillusions of two generations of small sawmill people who depended on buying timber from individual homesteaders. When the homestead timber was gone, the large corporations favored by government agencies monopolized the remaining forests"

Wendell W. Norris, retired lifetime journalist and journalism teacher



Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24
Chapter 25
Chapter 26
Chapter 27
Chapter 28
Chapter 29
Chapter 30
Chapter 31
Chapter 32
Chapter 33
Chapter 34
Chapter 35
Chapter 36
Chapter 37
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