Carl August Christophersen and Caroline Amalie Martinsdatter
and the railroad were the basis for the industrial development in
Lillestrøm. Already in 1875 there were 8 steam sawmills there,
and around 40 percent of the male population were employed
in the sawmill industry.
Carl and Caroline were married in 1885, og settled in "Gamlestua" at Nesa in Lillestrøm. Like 40% of the working population in Lillestrøm, Carl was a sawmill worker, and he eventually became a master sawmiller. During the late 1800's there were 10 large steam sawmills there. Life at and around the sawmills in Lillestrøm was therefore of great importance for most families, and boys started working there as early as 12 year olds.
the long winter it was difficult to make ends meet as a sawmill
worker. The river Nitelva was frozen, preventing the rafting of
timber to the sawmills. Numerous sawmillers therefore had to find
other work in Eastern Norway in the wintertime, many as workers
at mobile sawmills ("transportsager"). But in the springtime
they returned to Lillestrøm, as the sawmills opened again
for the summer season. Carl has described the homecoming in his
(The Lillestrøm Sawmiller's Song, written 1909):
Harald Hals has written about the sawmill industry in his book "Lillestrøms Historie" (The History of Lillestrøm). A typical work day at a sawmill (Skedsmosaga) is also described in an article from "Lillestrømlingen" 7/86, written by Wigo Skråmm told by Einar Meyer). Unfortunately, these are only in Norwegian.