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

Chippewa River navigation,   pp. 56-58 PDF (635.9 KB)

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    Once after we had built the steamer Silas Wright I went
 with her to Chippewa Falls and carried some freight. The
 water was not at good stage, and I feared we could not get
 back with her, but we did, after scraping over some of the
 rocky places, and I decided that would be the last time we
 would try to run our boat to Chippewa Falls. We carried
 nearly all of the freight for Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls
 during the three years we &AIthe Silas Wright, and nearly all
 of the freight for points -between Reed's Landing and Eau
 Claire. We also made an arrangement with the express com-
 pany to carry the express between Reed's Landing and Chippe-
 wa Falls. One purpose of our building the boat was to get the
 raft-crews and their kits from Reed's Landing to Eau Claire.
 The second season we ran the boat we started about the first
 of April and made regular daily trips until about the first of
 August, leaving Reed's Landing at night and reaching Eau
 Claire about eight o'clock the next morning. We received
 75c. per hundred pounds for freight from Reed's Landing to
 Eau Claire. The third year we ran the Silas Wright the water
 dropped so low, and so rapidly, that we succeeded in getting
 her down the river to a point near Rumseys Landing, where
 the water was so low we were unable to get any further. Capt.
 Lea in charge, tied her up and came back to Eau Claire by
 team. That year our company and the D. Shaw Lumber Com-
 pony lost a good many logs, so we built a portable mill near
 where the Silas Wright was tied up. gathered our logs which
 had been carried by high water over the flats, sawed them,
 and rdaT 6ur lumber from there. I returned with Capt. Lea
 and we sawed timber for two barges, or lighters, each about
 ninety feet long and ten feet wide, making the sides of 4-inch
plank and as long as we could get them, to have as few splices
as possible. We then laid two lines of 3x10-inch plank both

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