December 22, 2014

Railroad Service From Bordeaux To Seattle Connected With Chicago, Milwaukee, St Paul and Pacific Line

NPPL rail map

Washington State Railroads and Lumber Mills

Today, I received an interesting vintage postcard from a new friend who had found it on Ebay.  Postmarked 10 May 1915, it was a confirmation from the Mumby Lumber and Shingle Company of Bordeaux, Washington sent to George F. Nilder (or Hilder), a representative of the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad, informing him that his order CFL6540 was being loaded on P & R car No. 530.  This postcard was sent for a penny and was received 11 May 1915. Pretty good overnight service for 1915, huh?

You know, railroad cars from many lines sometimes ended up in places that you wouldn’t think were ‘normal’, but railroad cars are probably like rental cars or trucks we see today where they can be from any state in the union depending on their type or usage.  Lumber would likely be shipped all over the nation because of its ubiquitous usage.

My husband said that when he worked at Clinton Corn Company in Iowa that they would get grain and coal cars from other regions, but usually from the Midwest. But their cars that went out with corn in them were shipped country-wide.

  So, a lumber or shingle order was filled at Bordeaux, Washington into a Pennsylvania and Reading Railroad car and sent out to a larger connector railroad line there in Thurston County.  At this point I can only guess on which one, but it could have been the Northern Pacific Prairie Line.

There’s also no way to know if it stayed on that line all the way to Seattle, but most likely for expediency it wouldn’t have languished anywhere too long but delivered as soon as feasible to the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad yard so they could send it on its way and fulfill their order.

In 1915 my grandfather, Elvin B. Moline was age 22 and just beginning his career in the lumber business.  It wouldn’t be until 1933 that he would take up residence in the town of Bordeaux with his second wife “Eppie” and his three daughters Jeane, Joan and Joyce.  His occupation from 1933 until 1941 when he left Bordeaux was as a lumber salesman for Mumby Lumber and Shingle Company.

Sources used:

History of the Northern Pacific Prairie Line

Wikipedia – Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad

 

Old Bordeaux Washington – Mumby, McIver, Costigan

 

Bordeaux Washington Mill Saws The Last Log In 1941

 

 

1938 Bordeaux Washington Old Growth Logs

Old Growth Fir from Bordeaux2

I found a couple additional Bordeaux – Mason County Logging Photos this week and want to share them with those of you following the history of Bordeaux, Washington on this blog.

My dad (William Gale Yates) would probably be able to tell you who the man is in this photo, but I’m sorry to say, I cannot.  Judging by the size of the photo and it’s age I do think it’s very likely that my dad took the photo. He always had his trusty Leica camera with him.  The caption on the back of the photo, written by my dad reads:

Mason County Logging Company at Bordeaux Wn.  Logged near Fuzzy Top in Capital Forest. 1938  Trucked by Betcher Trucking Aberdeen.

As you can see from the map above, Old Fuzzy Top was at about 1700 feet of elevation.  That doesn’t sound like much until you look at the Douglas fir log above and how hard it must have been to get that monster felled, cut in ‘manageable’ pieces and brought to the yard at Bordeaux to be milled.  The small map in this article was taken from a larger one of the whole Capitol Forest supplied by the Dept. of Natural Resources, WA State.

No matter how you feel about logging old growth trees now, this is what happened in 1938.  The back of this photo reads:

Logs taken out at Bordeaux, WN by Mason County Logging Co. About 1938 – Near Cedar Creek.  Trucked by Betcher Trucking, Aberdeen.

I believe what my dad was saying was that this log was hauled out of the woods near Cedar Creek and driven on logging roads by Betcher Trucking to the mill at Bordeaux.  I’m not sure of the spelling of the trucking company name.  It could have two t’s.

By no means is that log one of the biggest ever harvested, but for the times I would think it was thought of as pretty good sized.  I suppose someone could tell how old it is by looking at the photo…someone other than me!

You might also like to read:

A Visit To Old Bordeaux

This was Logging in Washington State

1904 Death on the Tracks in Bordeaux, Washington

2010 Census: Keep A Copy For Your Descendants

1930 Yates, Bordeaux, WA

1930 Yates family, Bordeaux, WA

Have you filled out your 2010 census and sent it back yet? If not, make sure you do, and be sure to make a copy for your records so your descendants can find it 72 years from now!  Granted, there’s not a lot of information they ask for in this census, but it’s still important to keep a copy of it.

Quick tip: I’m pretty sure it’s OK to add additional information where you can on the census you keep.  A little additional ‘gift’ for your descendants.

This was Logging in Washington State

Chuck Brodish recently contacted me about a 480 foot Douglas fir that was reportedly felled in the 1930’s in or near the Black Hills here in Washington. I wasn’t able to find the exact tree he was speaking of, but I do have a book I inherited from my parents entitled “This was Logging” by Ralph W. Andrews.

In looking at the photos in the book I saw references to many large fir trees (among other species cited) but not the particular tree he was asking about.  If anyone else is interested in the old logging practices here in the Pacific Northwest this book is a great resource.

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