And In The News, March 9

Duluth News Tribune, March 9, 1906

Twenty Years To Saw Logs

George Quayle Says Bayfield Has Much Activity Ahead of Her

Bayfield, Wisconsin, will continue to be a saw mill town for twenty years more. George Quayle, of that village, who has long been identified with timber and land interests in northern Wisconsin, and who is at the St. Louis Hotel in Duluth for a few days, is authority for that statement…

…This timber tract is owned by a company in which Mr. Quayle is interested. Most of it is on Wilson and Bass islands, which belong to the Apostle group and consists mostly of hemlock. Camps were established last fall and the first rafts of logs will be received at Bayfield as soon as the ice leaves the bay.

“We have 4000,000,000 feet of hemlock”, said Mr. Quayle last evening, “and there are some neighboring tracts which we may purchase. All of this timber will be sawed at Bayfield in the R. D. Pike mill. There is a great demand for this grade of lumber and the market price is high.”

Dude was pretty close- eighteen years later the last of Bayfield’s great mills shut down for lack of timber.

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4 Responses to And In The News, March 9

  1. grasshopper says:

    so the purchase went thru I assume.. his name isn’t ringing a bell. Was he affliated with a company name?
    Thanks for this! get better soon! 🙂

  2. R Stavdal says:

    Great stuff Bob, keep it coming.

  3. Nan says:

    What on earth was hemlock being used for? No one wants it for saw timber these days. Had they already run out of white pine?

  4. Ranger Bob says:

    Good question, oh Grasshopper! There was a company called Carver, Quayle, and Nourse which, so far as I can see, primarily acted as an agent for timber firms. Presumably this is is the same Quayle.

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