Many thanks to Janice Chapman for providing the information used to put together this piece of Secesh history. We drive by the old cabins next to Fernan Creek and wonder what life was like when the cabins were occupied. Who lived there? What did they do?
John (Jack) and Ethel Fernan came to the Secesh Meadows area in 1920 with daughters Pearl, Amie and Irene. Twin boys were born to them in 1920 in Secesh Meadows but one died at birth and the other 2 years later. Their first cabin was a 2 story structure built just across from what is now known as the Secesh Stage Stop. Jack and his brother Frank Fernan built the cabin. Jack drove the stage between McCall, Burgdorf, Secesh and Warrens. The stage would stop there to change horses on their way in to Warrens.
Jack was a teamster and hauled freight, mail, ore and passengers with 4, 6 and 8 horse teams. He graded the road during the summer months and plowed it during the winter.
The original cabin burned in November of 1931. They think it started upstairs by the stove pipe. Nothing was saved.
In 1930 John Fernan filed mining claims on the 4th of July No. 1 Placer Claim and Balsam Placer Claim. At least 6 buildings were located on the Fernan Ranch. They raised chickens sheep and cows and sold milk and eggs. The walls were covered with newspapers for insulation. Water and outhouse were outside. John would take his dog Spot to the bar in Warrens. Both would drink a little beer and sing the night away.
They ate a lot of wild game, deer, elk, bear and fish cooked on a wood stove.
1933 Fernan built a bridge over the Secesh River for the Forest Service.
... and I thought being stuck on the snowmobile was bad.