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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)

The lumber business in New York,   pp. 357-358 PDF (685.5 KB)

Big days work by a circular mill,   p. 358 PDF (336.8 KB)

Cheap Minnesota lumber for Nebraska,   pp. 358-359 PDF (705.4 KB)

Page 358

The Wisconsin
Philadelphia and New York would
be of incalculable benefit to the trade
in those cities, and if so thoroughly
systematized as that of Chicago,
would do away with the huckster
business complained of at the east
and also result in permanent good in
a number of important ways.
The largest day's work by a circu-
lar saw mill, of which we have ever
heard is vouched for by one of the
principal firms at Ionia, Mich. In
order to record the matter for future
reference we append the following
letter describing the achievement.
IoNuA, Micb. May 25, 1874.
STEaNS MV MG. Co., EBip, Pa.
Gentlemen:-We cut at our mill on
May 16th, with one circular saw and
patent edger, 91,528 feet of lumber
in eleven hours and thirty minutes.
75,000 feet of it was inch boards;
the balance 1 and 2 in. Nothing
thicker.  All well manufactured.
One man edged it all. We call this
a big day's work. Do you know of
any better? We used a "Stearns
Mill and Edger".
Yours Respectfully,
E. COLBY & Co.
This letter from the firm of E.
Colby & Co., is certainly a valuable
indorsement of the Stearns mills.
We can look back only a few years
and remember that a sensation was
produced from the fact of Hon. W.
D. McIndoe's mill on the Wisconsin
river having cut 28,000 feet in eleven
hours. At that time this exploit was
considered wonderful, and was sup-
posed to be about the extent of man-
Lumberman.                   358
ufacture to which a circular mill
could possibly be put. But improve-
ment is the order of the dayand we see
it fully exemplified in this great day's
work of one of the Stearns Circular
Saw Mills. When it is considered that
of the 91,528 feet sawed, 75,000 feet
were inch boards and that the bal-
ance was 1j and 2 inch stuff the rec-
ord is truly marvellous. Messrs. F.
Colby & Co. have a first-class reputa-
tion, and we are therefore compelled
to accept their statement without a
The Omaha Bee is doing for the
consumers of the Missouri valley and
the manufacturers of Minneapolis
what the WiscONsix L  ouvraN  is do-
ing for consumers in Illinois and Mil-
waukee dealers and manufacturers.
It is trying to bring the railroad
managers to a realizing sense of the
importance of giving the lumber in-
terests adequate and steady accom-
modation at reasonable rates. Our
exchange says:
The want of cheaplumberhasbeen
felt in Omaha and Nebraska ever
since the first white man set his foot
upon our prairie soil. The want of
cheap lumber has, in a great meas-
ure, ret ;rded our progress as a city
and state, and does even now pre-
vent the inauguration of many public
improvements and private enterpri-
ses With cheap lumber we might
be able to construct cheap dwelling
houses, and cheap dwelling houses
would result in a reduction of rents
to the working classes. Such a re-
duction, coupled with our ability to
procure the raw material at reasona-
ble figures, would enable many of
our small capitalists to undertake the

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