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engine. In later years gas tractors were used to run the mills, and I suppose a more modern way would be electric power. When the sawing was finished the rough lumber was piled in a rather unique manner, in the shape of a rectangle, working around and around so the air would circulate to dry out the green lumber. Stones were placed on each corner of the pile to hold them down.
Those who wished, took their lumber to a planer where the lumber was fed into a plane by hand, one board at a time. The finished product being shiplap or siding. Axel Jacobson planed lumber for years.
Some of the early sawmills were run by Hem mingson's, Victor Wallstrom, Hall's, Wickdahl's, Bergwall's, Bengtson's, Paulson's, Hillstrand's, Baraniuk's, Lofgren's and Robinson's.
The cook shack was always a welcome place. The cook was usually the wife or an older daughter or daughters of a mill worker. You can well imagine how busy she would be with only the necessary equipment with which to work. Bread baking was a never ending job. A cow or two was brought along to supply milk. But the tables were always laden with good wholesome food to sustain the hearty appetites of the men. Some loggers put up their own shanties and did their own cooking and housekeeping.
I've heard it said, "That once a man got sawmill fever, he never got rid of it". And this I know to be true.
Unloading logs at a sawmill.
Wellman Shingle Mill Northeast oj Erickson.