Stephen J. Pyne Year of the Fires © 2001
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Thus began a tedious, often futile accounting of those injured and killed, an exercise that exposed the ramshackle process by which the men had been hired and shipped to the firelines. . . .
. . . In most instances the deceased left no identifying papers. Rumors, reported friendships, fragments of letters, telegrams thrust into pockets all provided clues. Newspapers across the nation printed the list of casualties, as the dead had recorded their names. Queries rushed in; counterqueries poured out. . . .
. . . Louis Schwarz saw his son's name among the list of missing published in the newspaper and established identity 'through the German Consul at Seattle.' . . .
- National Archives at
College Park, RG 95, Records of the Forest Service,
Division of Fire Control, General Correspondence Claims -- Louis Schwarz.
Coeur d'Alene National Forest Supervisor William G. Weigle in a report on June 24, 1911, to the regional forester at Missoula, had these notations about L. Schwartz:
21. L. Schwarz.
Buried on Setser Creek. Louis Schwarz, father of L. Scwarz, noticed his son's name in the list of dead published in the paper, and through the German Consul at Seattle we have established his identity, and vouchers and affidavits have been sent to his father for execution.
Aug. 20 - 10 hours
21 - 12
22 hours, $5.50 amount due.