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Ross, James, 1830-1884 / Wisconsin and her resources for remunerating capital and supporting labor

Lumbering,   pp. 23-24 PDF (478.2 KB)

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        The most important branch of our business for the past twenty-
     four years, has been lumbering. During the.winter seasons our
     citizens have been engrossed in felling the majestic monumental
     pine that has borne aloft its unfading coronal of green for centu-
     ries, and whose solemn strains of music have been heard by all
     who have.visited our lumber camps; the summer is devoted to
     running the same logs out of the Embarrass and Red rivers and
     Shawano Lake into the Wolf river and thence to market. Our
     lumber camps have been the best kind of a market for all surplus
     farm products. Hay is seldom below twenty dollars per ton and
     often as high as thirty dollars, while oats, corn and wheat bring
     from twenty-five to fifty cents per bushel more than at other parts
     of the State. The yield of lumber has reached as high as one
     hundred and twenty-five million feet per year and seldom falls
     below eighty million, which for the past few years has been
     worth from eight to ten dollars per thousand feet. The heaviest
     residen lumberman is Myron H. McCord, the present County
     Treasurer, who came into the county when a mere boy, and has
     grown up, " as we might say," in a lumber camp, and from a
     poor boy, at work by the month, has worked his way up until he
     is now a heavy operator in the pine market, respected by his fel-
     low citizens for his manliness of character and strict integrity in
     business matters; Philetus Sawyer, Member of Congress from
     this Congressional District, and George R. Andrews, ex-M. C.
     from New York, both residents of Oshkosh, under the firm name
     of " Sawyer & Andrews," own large tracts of pine lands
in the
     countyand every winter operate several camps and employ a
     large number of men and teams-in fact their operations are so
     heavy that they have nearly or quite controlled the lumbering
     interest of the county for years. C. D. Wescott may be called
     the pioneer lumberman of the county. He came into the county
     in 1844, and has been employed in the woods every winter for
     the past twenty-six years; when he first came he worked for fif-
       teen dollars per month, and is now the owner of a section of land
       and has a large farm on Wolf river, about one mile from Shawa-
       no village, has been Chairman of his town for many years and
       Chairman of the County Board of Supervisors nine years; John

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