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

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better get someone to take the mill at his price, and said I
hoped he would be able to get the lumber made in as good shape
as I had made it, and that I would seek a job elsewhere. I knew
pretty well where I could go, for Mr. Gilmore, manager of all
of the Gilmore & Co. mills in Canada and the Eastern provinces,
had frequently been to the mill at Belleville and when I was
running the mill for Harris & Bronson at Bytown, and had said
to me that if ever I wanted to make a change he would be glad
to see me, but that he did not want me to think he was there
to hire me away from the parties I was with. I went to Mr.
Gilmore's office (their headquarters being in the city), and told
him I was at liberty to engage with him, if he wanted me, and
talked with him in a general way about what he wanted or ex-
pected me to do. He told me, and asked me if I could go with
him to the Gatineau mills, about nine miles, and look them over.
He also talked with me about the other mills of the company.
I told him I could go at any time.
   I talked the matter over with your mother. She was a good
deal surprised, feeling, I suppose, that I would likely remain
with Mr. Bronson, so she could be with her sister. But I was
decided in my plan, and she, as she always has done, acquiesced.
   The next day Mr. Gilmore advised me that he could go out
to the mills, and we drove out. They had extensive mills there,
cutting about 500,000 feet per day-one mill on either end of
the dam across the Gatineau river, five gangs in one mill and
four in the other, with edgers and trimmers and all the other
necessary machinery for such plants. I was introduced to the
men in charge, the man who had built the mills, and his son,
the latter then a competent millwright and doing the active
work. I expressed some doubt and fear that it was a large un-
dertaking for me, especially in view of my being an Ameriean
Yankee (what Americans were then called), about getting
along with the men. He said I need have no fear on that
ground, if I was willing to undertake the job and take full
charge of the mills and the work at the piling ground, whisk

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