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Ingram, Orrin Henry, 1830-1918 / Autobiography, Orrin Henry Ingram : May, 1830--December, 1912
(1912)

Lumber camps--incidents,   pp. 27-32 PDF (1.2 MB)


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ORRIN HENRY INGRAM
Quebec office; and a Mr. Rankin, a partner, was manager
in New Brunswick. The company's square timber business was
much larger than all of their sawed-lumber business. Much of
the square timber (hewed timber) was re-sawed in London,
Liverpool and Glasgow.
              EARLY-DAY RAILROADING
   I don't remember in what year it was, but I remember that
Mr. Gilmore was there, after I had got the Troy yard ar-
ranged and a good deal of lumber piled, and he brought with
him the company's local manager from the River Trent mills,
to show him the arrangement we had at the Gatineau mills
for handling the lumber we sent to Troy for American market.
While there, (it was the year or perhaps the year after the
Hudson river road was completed between New York and Al-
bany), there was much talk about "the lightning train" it
run. Mr Gilmore told me about walking a mile or more to-
wards New York, to see that train pass. I well remember the
way he told it. "Why," he said, "Mr. Ingram, it was one of
the greatest sights I ever saw, when that ponderous engine,
with some eight-feet drivers they were experimenting with,
went by us at full speed!" And he swung his hand on the
table, saying, "It seemed to demand an unconditional surren-
der of everything!"
                     LUMBER CAMPS
    After the mills were shut down at the Gatineau and the
 millwrights at their work of repairing, I made a trip up river,
 to the camps. The farthest camps up the main Gatineau were
 about 160 miles. We used a long sled-no bob sleds then. On
 my first trip Mr. Carmichael, the old Scotehman, the agent,
 went with me, as the road to me was new. There had been
 very little logging done on the river until we got about fifty
 miles out, at the mouth of the Casuwa Baswa. We had a pair of
 good driving horses and two large rolls of mackinaw blankets


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