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Sawing lumber.

Planing lumber.



A Shingle mill was a mill that sawed shingles from blocks cut about two feet long. They were a few shingle mills in the Rural Municipality of Clanwilliam. One of the first mentioned was situated at the Scandinavian Colony of New Sweden, Rupert Naslund ran a shingle mill for years on N.E. 31-17-17W.

Dressed lumber sold in 1916: one 1 of planks 1100 feet - $15.50, one load of planks 1200 feet - $16.80, one inch lumber 1200 feet - $16.80.

Supplies bought for the camp dated January, 1917: sugar $1.00, one lb. tea 45¢, two syrups $1.60, three lbs. Butter 80¢, two lbs. butter 60¢, two gals coal oil 60¢, one lb. coffee 50¢, one batch bread $1.00, one pair rubbers $3.75, one box shells 30¢, one pair overalls $1.25, one smock $1.00, one pair overalls $1.00.

A Eaton order for the cook, and other sundries dated March 1917. The Eaton order plus freight - $6.70, 1 dress $5.00, velvet for 1 dress $3.50.


During the winter months, pulpwood was also cut in the areas where spruce was plentiful. The logs were cut into eight foot lengths, hauled into Erickson by horse and sleigh on which a special pulpwood rack was constructed. Large quantities of pulp were stockpiled on vacant property north of 1st Street North. From there, these logs were loaded on flat cars and shipped by rail to a pulp mill.

Farmers supplimented their income by cutting and selling cord wood , usually poplar and some tamarack. This wood was cut into 4 foot lengths. One cord of wood then piled was 4x4x8 feet. This again was hauled by horse and sleigh with rack made to hold 1 cord of wood. I might mention the long cold drive over Otter Lake for the settlers to the East of Erickson who were the largest contributors to the wood market along with the residents of the Rolling River Reservation. Cordwood was mostly used for domestic consumption, and was also often hauled, and sold at Minnedosa.

Cutting and hauling cordwood.