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

On a big salary,   pp. 19-21 PDF (643.9 KB)


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ORRIN HENRY INGRAM
a file. The boarding house was close to the mill, and your
mother with the help of one girl did the work for a large por-
tion of the men.
   The logs were supposed to be delivered at the foot of the
jack-ladder, but many times I had to help get them through
the flume from the storage-boom to keep the mill going. We
cut about 150,000 feet of lumber a day. That amount of mill,
the way we run now, would cut hardly twice that amount. We
did not run the machinery at as high a speed as now, or put
on as much feed, but with the slow feed we made very smooth
and even lumber. It looked so nice that Mr. Harris on one or
two occasions cut off pieces of board an inch and a half plank
and took them to Albany to show to parties there what kind
of lumber we were making. Most of our lumber was shipped
in canal-boats down the Ottawa into the St. Lawrence, through
the canal to Lake Champlain, down to Whitehall, and from
there to Troy by canal. When we settled up, in the fall, Mr.
Harris was there, and the bookkeeper who kept my accounts
and paid the men found that, counting the days the mill had
run, it left me $10 a day for my work. Mr. Harris said he was
much pleased with the way I had run the mill and made the
lumber, and that he would like to have me run it another year,
but thought I ought to run it for 50c. instead of 75c. per M. I
told him I could not do it for that; that I had done the work of
at least three men, and at the price he proposed to give me it
would not pay me to do it, and I advised him to get another to
take the job.
                    ON A BIG SALARY
    Mr. Bronson, who had to do about what Mr. Harris said,
 couldn't prevail on him to give me the price I was willing to
 take and continue to run the mill. He felt, too, as he talked
 when I first went there, that I ought to have a financial interest
 in the operation. That, however, meant too large an investment,
 and I did not have the courage to run in debt to the extent I
 would have had to, so the next day I told Mr. Harris he had
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