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

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inch, three-eighths, and one-sixteenth-the thickness required
by the Troy and Albany markets from their own mills in the
west and northern New Tork. I ran that little gang three
hundred revolutions a minute, and by running three and four
pieces through at a time, it would cut all the Nos. 2 and 3 deal
the mills were making, and made a large amount of lumber for
the American market. It was run to the piling ground, season-
ed for shipment by canal, and taken down the St. Lawrence
river, through the canal from the St. Lawrence to Lake Cham-
plain, through the lake to Whitehall, whence the Northern
canal run to Troy. It increased the amount of lumber sent to
dealers so much that the market was depressed, and it became
necessary to start a yard at Troy to take care of it. That made
another job for me, for Mr. Gilmore wanted me to go to Troy
with him to arrange for the ground and lay out a yard where
the lumber could be taken from the canal boats and piled, and
more completely seasoned. We located that yard between the
Mohawk and the Northern rivers. Mr. Gilmore bought a large
tract of land, and with the help of a surveyor I staked out the
yard, and made arrangements with a Vermont company that
was getting out slate for its fine, broken slate, to cover the
yard. I conceived a plan for handling the lumber from the
canal boats into the yard, and from the yard again to the boats
that took it down the Hudson to New York, which enabled the
company to handle the lumber in a cheap and expeditious way.
I put railroad tracks through the yard, running from the canal
on one side to the river on the other, and made the tracks par-
allel and at right angles. I then went to a car shop in Troy
and had cars made after my own plan. I put down standard
width tracks, and had wheels made two feet in diameter and
a frame 2½/2x16 inches in width and 8 feet long, with 2y2 inch
shaft, four wheels to the car, with cast iron boxes to bolt to
the lower side of that frame, with four girts the same thick-
ness of the sides crossways of this frame, with a center girt
four inches thick and fourteen inches wide. Then I had a cast

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