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

Mills--booms--Dells dam,   pp. 49-52 PDF (865.8 KB)


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ORRIN HENRY INGRAM
to enlarge our mill, and our business was much more profit-
able. Before the dam was built we lost a great many of our
logs that would run under the boom when we were trying to
sheer them into the place where we sorted them from the D.
Shaw Lumber Company logs which were run into the lake.
The Mississippi River Logging Company commenced to drive
logs to Beef Slough and the logs that got away from us found
their way there, in which case we had to sell them, and because
of losing so many logs we had to put into the river a great
many more than we needed to stock our mill.
   The Chippewa Falls people, were always opposed to our
building a dam here, in order that they might have some pro-
tection above them, and, as we thought, to stop their opposition
to our dam here we organized a company-the D. Shaw Lum-
ber Company and ourselves, Chapman & Thorp and L. C. Stan-
ley having some stock in it-and we built a dam at Eagle Rap-
ids, above Chippewa. The idea was to stop the logs at Eagle
Rapids, five or six miles above Chippewa, and sort them, so that
the logs for the mill at Chippewa could go into its own booms,
and then we could loose the logs for Eau Claire and drive them
down here. We hoped it would stop their opposition to the
Dells dam, but they continued to oppose the proposition, and
the second or third year after the Eagle Rapids dam was built
a big freshet tore it out and it was not rebuilt. We finally got a
charter for the city of Eau Claire to build a dam at the Dells
for water works, which incidentally provided that slack water
might be used for booming purposes. The next effort by the
Chippewa people was to stop the Mississippi company from
driving logs below Chippewa Falls, claiming that to be the
head of navigation-assuming, if they could stop the Mississ-
ippi Logging Company from driving logs on account of the
Chippewa being a navigable stream, they would be able to
kill the, two birds with one stone. If Ohippewa Falls could
be shown to be the head of navigation, it would mean that
Eau Claire could not drive loose logs below Chippewa Falls
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