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

An Eau Claire breeze,   pp. 39-42 PDF (881.5 KB)

Page 39

               ORRIN HENRY INGRAM                     39
from Mr. Tarrant, in charge of the Chapman & Thorpe mill,
about this gang-edger, and had begun to get them out for the
Michigan mills; and then the Stearns Company of Erie, Penn.,
got track of it and begau to make a gang edger, each edger
somewhat different from the other. But the main thing was
a collar, or sleeve, that one or more saws could be put onto
that could move on a feather or key in the mandrel or arbor of
the edger when the edger was in motion. That they could
not get by. That was absolutely essential, hence Folsom
thought he had -the first right, and the contention resulted in
lawyers from Muskegon and Erie being sent here to take my
depositions, as to when I made the first edger, when I made
the one brought here, how long I had been using it, etc. That
gang-edger had very little resemblance to the gang-edgers of
the present time, but the great essential was the sleeve that
could move with saws on it when the arbor was in motion. If
I had been wise enough, or had acted upon advice received and
obtained a patent, it would have been worth to me anywhere
from fifteen to twenty or thirty millions of dollars.
                AN EAU CLAIRE BREEZE
    In the last year I was with Gilmore & Co. Mr. Dole, who
 was with Hamilton Brothers, fancied he wanted to go into
 business for himself and talked to me a good deal about it, and
 one day he said he was going to take a trip to the Mississippi
 river and see what was doing in lumbering. He went to St.
 Paul and met parties who had heard something about a boom
 in Eau Claire, and who gave him the name of the man who was
 booming the town, Adin Randall, and advised him to work his
 way back east through this country, which he would have to
 do by stage from St. Paul, through the woods to Menomonie,
 and from Menomonie here, the stage coming here once or twice
 a week. Mr. Randall persuaded Mr. Dole that this was one of
 the best towns for lumbering in this or any other country and
 showed him a little portable mill he had down near the canal.

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