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

Products and markets,   pp. 48-49 PDF (423.6 KB)

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   Two weeks later I went to St. Louis to dispose of part of a
raft of lumber which Chapman & Thorp and ourselves had
made up, and found no market for it until we reached St.
Louis. Mr. Chapman went before I did and had disposed of
their part of the raft and our part was landed behind the dike
in the lower part of the city. I had a letter from Mr. Rand,
at Burlington, of the firm of Carson & Rand, to the man they
had sold lumber to, a Mr. Whiitehead, recommending our lum-
ber. Mr. Whitehead sent his nephew with me to look up the
raft. There had been very high water, but it had receded a
good deal, and a part of the raft was aground and pretty well
covered with Missouri river mud. Mr. Whitehead was a very
nice man, running a little lumber yard. He treated me nicely
and was a great help to me, with his nephew, who was about
my age, in getting lumber to the bank and washing it off,
which we had to do to sell it. He took a liking to me and in-
vited me to stop with them instead of staying at the Monroe
House, one of the old hostelries of St. Louis. I don't know how
much I got for the lumber, but it seems to me it was $16 per M.
on the bank. It was good lumber and well manufactured, and
a good deal of it was made from logs we got from Carson &
Rand which they left on the Eau Claire river when they sold the
property to Chapman & Thorp, and had sawed on shares. We
took the logs in the river and brailed them to our mill, giving
them one-half the lumber rafted at the mill. Mr. Rand was so
well pleased with the lumber we had made for him (he took the
first half we made), that he gave me a strong letter to Mr.
Whitehead. Without the letter I do not know what I would
have done. Mr. Whitehead advanced me some money to pay
the balance due the men who had gone down river on the raft.
Chapman had paid off their men, and I hired those men to help
dig the lumber out and put it on the bank. I think that trip

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