POST CARDS


| September/October 1962



25h.p.Russell Engine

Everybody can have a good time at the reunion. There are no ' 'HANDS OFF' signs on these engines. These youngsters are on a short ride to get coal for the engine - a 25h.p.Russell built in 1917, and owned by Fricke Brothers of Mt. Union, Iowa

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.

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