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

Beginning in lumber,   pp. 8-10 PDF (615.4 KB)

Manager--law in Canada,   pp. 10-16 PDF (1.4 MB)

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and after learning what he would expect me to do, I told him
I would soon let him know whether I would accept his proposi-
tion, which was to give me $1,000 a year, with my board. That
was so much more than I had been getting that it was a tempt-
ing proposition. I took the matter up with Mr. Bronson and he
advised me to accept.
   Mr. Fox gave me a letter to his partner at Kingston, a Mr.
Angling, then city treasurer of Kingston, and a prominent
business man. After talking things over with Mr. Angling he
took me to the mill, then well along under construction. It
was being furnished with a slabbing-gang, a stock-gang, and
what we called an English gate (consisting of two saws in one
sash or frame), to cut the large logs, the slabbing-gang to cut
the medium logs, and make stock for the other gang. The
stock-gang had thirty saws hung for cutting inch lumber. The
stocks were generally made twelve inches thick when the log
was large enough. The mill would cut about 150,000 feet a
   It was about two months before the mill was ready to run.
It was on the Rideau canal, that was made up by the canal and
lakes between what was then By-town (now Ottawa), and
Kingston, and about eighteen miles from Kingston. The canal
was a government work and had at that point, Brewer's mills,
four or five locks with a lift of about eighty feet, and was built
to overcome a rapid in the Rideau river. The back water from
Lake Ontario stood back to within a foot of those locks. The
locks were built in a substantial manner, with cut stone, and
the government had provided a large, fine stone house for the
lock-master. There had previously been a small mill at that
point, run by water power. The new mill was run by water
power from one end of the dam, which backed the water into a
lake six ir eight miles long. Mr. Angling had obtained a con-

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