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Northrop, E. B.; Chittenden, H. A., Jr. (ed.) / The Wisconsin lumberman, devoted to the lumbering interests of the northwest
(July, 1874)

A strong lumbering company,   p. 354 PDF (296.9 KB)

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The Wiscouin Lwnberman.
of the ground unless it should be
very heavily timbered.  Another
method is for each man (and is most
generally adopted where there are
two men) to .pace off twenty rods
from each side of the forty and then
make a line for the opposite side,
thus giving each man twenty rods on
each side to look over. The follow-
ing will illustrate the principle:
There is another form, which is gen-
erally adopted where there is only
one man, and the following diagram
will illustrate it:
This method allows one man to
look it over carefully. Where the
timber is very heavy the forty is di-
vided into ten acre lots, or rather
quarters, and then about the same
course is pursued as is done with a
forty except that each man has only
ten rods to look over.
In estimating pine the height,
size, soundness, nearness to streams,
character of ground, and expense of
running the logs to market, are
taken into consideration and enables
the land looker to form a very ac-
curate estimate as to its value. A
forty that has five hundred thousand
Af pine is considered heavily timber-
ad and valuable, if well located. -As a
rule a forty ought to have about one
hundred and fifty thousand feet to
make it desirable, although where
well located and pine of a good
quality it will pay to enter where
there is only fifty thousand feet to a
forty, provided it is near other heavy
timbered pine.
A good land looker will, as a rule,
run a line about five or six miles in
one day, and commands from three to
five dollars day and expenses paid.
time counting from the time he
eaves home until he returns.
We learn that our townsmen, Mayor
Ludington and Hon. Daniel Wells,
Jr., have incorporated their extensivt
lumber interest at Menomonee,Mich.,
and Chicago, Ill., under the name of
"The Ludington, Wells and Van
Schaick Company, of Michigan," with
a paid up capital of $600,000. This
does not include a tract of pine land
of 70,000 acres, estimated to contain
600,000,000 feet of standing pinetim-
ber, located on the Menomonee river.
Mayor Ludington is president of
the company, Hon. Daniel Wells, Jr.,
vice president, and i G. Van Schaick
secretary and treasurer. The prin-
cipal office of the company is at Chi-
cago, as heretofore, with Mr. Van
Schaick as manager. The business
at Menomonee remains in charge of
Robert Stephenson, superintendent
of the company, also a stockholder.

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