Farm Collector


By Staff

The ALBUM STAFF spent a week at Ocean City, N. J. in July with
their families. There were 18 of us when we got together. It is
hard to believe but there was not one word of dissension during the
whole week. (That goes for before and afterwards as far as I know).
We had our dirt and sins washed away in the ocean. You folks on the
West Coast may be glad you do not need to swim in that mess.

We wish you could have been with us.

The largest load of logs ever loaded and hauled on sleighs was
loaded near Ewen, Mich., Sunday, February 26, 1893, by the Nester
Estate. Malcom McEachin was the foreman of the camp and the one who
superintended the loading of the mammoth pile. The sleighs on which
the load was hauled were built by William Elder. They were made of
bird’s-eye maple. The bunks are 18 x 20 inches, 15 feet long;
six foot run, runners seven feet long. The load was composed of
fifty logs of white pine which scaled 36,055 feet and were loaded
as follows: In the first tier six logs, in the second eight, in the
next three seven each; and five, four, three, two and one
respectively in the next five. Each tier, excepting the top log,
was securely bound by a one-half inch steel test chain. There were
850 feet of this chain that weighed 2,000 pounds. The load measured
30 feet and 3 inches high by 18 feet long and weighed 140 tons. The
largest log, as scaled by John Fordon, contained 1205 feet and the
smallest log 406 feet. The load was hauled fifty rods by a team
weighing about 3,500 pounds. It was shipped to Chicago where it was
a part of the Michigan exhibit at the World’s Fair. Nine
railway cars were required to transport the ‘World Fair
Load!’ Thousands of people visited the scene of the hauling the
few days the high pile remained on the sleighs.


  • Published on Sep 1, 1962
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