November 21, 2014

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

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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

 

 

The Home Friend 1909: Sears House Plans

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The Home Friend 1909: Sears, Roebuck and Company

House Plans

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The Sears Catalog is long gone now, and at the end they were certainly not selling houses, but as you can see from this 1909 ad in the Home Friend they had a running concern for them at that time. How many of you live in a house built with Sears home plans?

The Curtis Company, Clinton, Iowa

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While Sears was making plans, two hundred miles away in Clinton, Iowa the Curtis Lumber Company was churning out wooden bullseye rosette blocks that you might have seen in some of those Sears houses. I’m sure many of us have seen them even in old houses today. It’s hard to believe that at one time Clinton, Iowa, a town on the Mississippi River, was known as a mill town rather than the industrial city it is now.

Between the late 1850’s and 1900, the Clinton area was regarded as the sawmill capital of the nation.  Huge log rafts were floated down river from Wisconsin and Minnesota, cut into lumber at Clinton, then shipped to growing communities east, west, north and south via the river and the railroads.

Clinton Convention & Visitors Bureau • 721 S. 2nd Street • Clinton, Iowa 52732 • 563.242.5702 • cvb@clintonia.com

Old Bordeaux Washington – Mumby, McIver, Costigan

1916 Bordeaux, WA - Mumby, McIver, Costigan

I love the Washington State Digital Archives! I was looking for something else in the archives tonight and, as always, I did a search for the name Bordeaux.  This time, I was searching in photos and found this one.

The caption reads: *”Photograph of three men holding guns and dressed in their Sunday attire, 1916. The men are resting on a grassy knoll next to railroad tracks located in Bordeaux, Washington. The men from left to right: Richard Costigan, George McIver, and Harry Mumby.”

As yet, I’m not sure who Harry Mumby is/was, but in a previous story about the death of Blanche Philby in Bordeaux (1904 Death on the Tracks in Bordeaux, Washington), I’m sure you will remember that the lumber company mentioned was Mumby Lumber, and that one of their sales man was my maternal grandfather, Elvin Moline.  My grandfather didn’t start working in Bordeaux until 1933 though, quite some time after this photo was taken.

*Source: Southwest Regional Branch, Washington State Archives. Thurston County, Southwest Washington Logging and Railroad Photographs.


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