| November/December 1960

  • Russell and Wood Bros. thresher
    Mr. Baughman coming down the road with his Russell and 30x50 Wood Bros. thresher.

  • Russell and Wood Bros. thresher

The following article was taken from a local paper just as it was written and sent to us. It is interesting and we know you will appreciate it.

The rasping drone of a saw and the sporadic puffing of a large steam tractor mingle along Route 8 south of East Sparta during the operation of Stark County's only steam sawmill.

The sounds, which come from inside a building having walls of rough, waste lumber and a roof of wood and sheet metal, are music to the ears of the mill owners.

Lester May, 74, owner of the sawing equipment, and Otis Baughman, 54, owner of the tractor, have been active many years in operating a sawmill using steam.

The two men have operated their mill at the present location since 1948, generally doing only custom work for area farmers who need rough lumber for fences or small farm buildings. They usually run the mill every week or two, depending upon when the customer can supply the logs or needs the lumber.

When the mill isn't in operation, Mr. May, who resides with his wife at R.D. 1, Magnolia, works his 50-acre farm across the hill from the mill. Mr. Baughman, who lives in East Sparta, operates a store there or hauls logs with his two trucks during off days.


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