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.