Funeral services for former Seminole resident Richard D. The Social Sciences A graveside funeral will be held at For all of these projects, it is the utopian demand for reciprocal, mutually constitutive, total psychic, social, political, intellectual, and cultural change that creates this peculiar additive parallelism or intermeshing of discourses. Thursday at Swearingen Funeral Chapel.
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Messages of condolences can be sent to the family online at www. Graveside services for former Konawa resident Charleen Bader are scheduled for 2 p. Funeral services for former Wewoka resident Roy John Banks are scheduled for 10 a. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Yale. Mike Dershem is set to officiate. Graveside service is scheduled for 2 p. Tuesday at the Little Cemetery in Little with Rev.
He was years old. He came to be known as the "Candy Man" and church "Grandpa" to many children as he used to pass out suckers at the door of the church. Banks worked as a foreman for Mobil Oil Co. He was their oldest living retiree. Banks was past president of the Lions Club. He went hunting and fishing. He made sweet pickles and pear relish and was known to share what he made. At the age of , he visited the dedication service at the Highway Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife Ida Banks in , daughter, Barbara Ann Banks, one brother and three sisters. Banks is survived by his son, Roy Banks Jr. Graveside services for Shelby Leon Barber, Jr. Barber died Tuesday Dec. He was born on Dec. Barber married Wanda C. Surviving is his ex-wife, Wanda C. Funeral services for Wewoka resident Flora Barkus are scheduled for 1 p.
Friday at Macedonia Baptist Church. Michael Brooks of Praise Baptist Church is set to officiate. Interment is set to follow at Thomastown Cemetery in Sasakwa.
Arrangements are being handled by Myers Mortuary. She was born Feb. Barkus was a member of the Thomastown Baptist Church and continued to attend until her health began to fail. Barkus was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, four sisters, two daughters and one son.
She is survived by one brother, John Barkus of Oklahoma City; 10 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and 7 great-great-grandchildren. There are no services planned at this time for Seminole resident Bill "Pete" Barnett.
He married Clara B. Barnett and worked as a television repairman in California before moving to Seminole several years ago. His parents, wife Clara June 19, and one sister, Tollie Zitterkopf preceded him in death. No services are scheduled at this time for Earlsboro resident Doris Elaine Barnhill.
Barnhill, 59, died Saturday, Nov. She was born Dec. He died Thursday, Aug. He graduated from Lovington High School in , and attended Southwestern State College were he and his brother Haydon were members of the Bulldog football team.
He received his Administration degree at the University of Oklahoma in In , he moved to Cunningham, Kan. After coaching in Kiowa, Kan. Joe moved to Seiling, Okla. He served as high school principal in Cordell, Okla. He also served as assistant superintendent in Purcell, Okla. In , he became the assistant superintendent in Seminole. He retired from Seminole Public Schools in after 37 years of service in public education.
Joe enjoyed life and was a mentor for many. His favorite things to do after retiring was being with his family and friends, playing golf, entertaining his three grandchildren, wood working with his son Mike and watching his son Steve coach high school football. Services are scheduled for Saturday, Aug. Randy Potter and Rev. Condolences may be sent to the funeral home website at www.
Box , Seminole, OK Funeral services for former longtime Seminole County resident Mary Louella Beckwith are scheduled for 2 p. Monday at the Pentecostal Church of Cromwell with Rev.
Barney Gibson and Rev. Will Gordon to officiate. Beckwith, 37, died Thursday, March 17, in Oklahoma City. Beckwith was a member of the House of Prayer Church of Okemah and was a housewife who enjoyed singing in the church and fishing.
Services for Seminole resident Ralph Lee Ball are scheduled for 10 a. Bell, age 74, died Thursday, Nov. Pallbearers will be James C. Messages of condolences may be sent to the family at www. Seminole resident Cleve Beller died Sunday, Jan. Beller and Lena Fleming Beller. Beller graduated from OU medical school in , and served his internship and residency at St.
While at Los Alamos, he learned about treating patients and accident victims that were exposed to the Atom Bomb. After leaving the Army, he returned to OU for a residency and fellowship.
He set up a radioactive isotope laboratory in Oklahoma. Beller of Seminole and one grandchild. Funeral services for Konawa resident Richard Allen Bemo are scheduled for 1 p. Wednesday at Spring Baptist Church in Sasakwa. Bemo was an employee at Tinker Air Force Base for 30 years. The body will lie in state at the home from Sunday at 4 p.
Wake services for Nell Marie Bemo are scheduled for 6: Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p. Thursday at Greenleaf Baptist Church with Rev. Bemo was born March 26, to Andy and Sallie Hulwa. At the age of 69, she died June 19, Funeral services for former Seminole County resident Bobby Benefield are scheduled for 1 p. Wednesday at the Criswell Funeral Home Chapel. Glen Eaves and Carlyle Gargis will officiate. Benefield, age 72, died Saturday, May 7, at a local nursing home.
He was born Aug. He attended 18 different grade schools and junior high school. He also received numerous other professional training. Kerr Research Lab in Later he owned and operated Environmental Resource Technologies Laboratory before retiring in Bennett beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, died Thursday, Aug.
Ed graduated from Seminole High School as a Valedictorian and class president in He continued his education by attending The University of Oklahoma, College of Pharmacology, where he graduated in May of Ed took a job at the pharmacy with the Veterans Administration Hospital in Oklahoma City where he worked for 32 years, achieving the title of Chief of Pharmacy. Ed was hardworking, energetic, outgoing and loved by everyone.
He enjoyed playing golf, but his true passion was love for his family. There are no funeral services planned for former Maud business owner and resident Paul W.
Bennett, of Vista, Calif. Bennett, 75, died Tuesday, April 5, at his home of cancer. He was born March 7, in Colony. Bennett served in the United States Navy and retired from self-employment in Memorial donations may be made to Hospice by the Sea, S.
Monday at First United Methodist Church. Berg, 83, died Thursday, April 14, in Oklahoma City. She and her family moved to Holdenville when she was at an early age. Berg graduated from Holdenville High School. Berg attended Oklahoma Baptist University, graduating with a degree in music education.
She taught music at Compton Grade School. Berg played for youth choirs, cantatas and many funerals and weddings. Flowers, particularly orchids, and the church was her greatest pleasures in life. Funeral services for Maud resident Maudie Lee Berry were scheduled for 11 a. Berry lived in the Konawa area for many years, from She lived in Guymon from , when she moved to Maud.
Berry is survived by one daughter, Willadean Elliott of Albuquerque, N. Don Lackey is an honorary bearer. She married Steve Goodman Blake, Jr. He preceded her in death on Jan. Exie graduated from Varnum High School in She has lived in California and North Carolina. She volunteered at the Veterans Hospital in California and has spent most of her life working and thinking for the good of this country, mostly in conjunction with veterans.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three brothers and two sisters. Services will be held 2 p. Interment will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to www.
Funeral services for longtime Seminole resident William Edgar Bland are scheduled for Interment is to follow service at Holdenville Cemetery. Bland, 88, died Friday Feb. He was born on Sept. Bland moved to Seminole from Holdenville. Work careers for him included working in the oilfield, rancher and as a self-employed driller. He was a member of the Independent Holiness Church.
His parents, three brothers, five sisters and daughter-in-law, Anna Bland all preceded him in death. Funeral services for longtime Wewoka resident Eugene "Gene" Blankenship are set for 2: Graveside services for longtime Wewoka resident Zeake J. Boatman are scheduled for 2 p. Wednesday at Little Cemetery with Rev. He was born Dec. Boatman was a member of the Church of God.
His parents; wife; son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Clara Brown; and one granddaughter, Judy Romano preceded him in death. Funeral services were held today at Bordelon and Mary Alice Batesel. Interment of her cremains will be at Little Cemetery at a later date, under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home. She married James "Odell" Bottoms on Dec. She moved to Seminole 38 years ago. A wife and mother, she owned and operated Odell and Sons Salvage west of Seminole, with her husband.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one infant brother, James Eldon Tate. Messages of condolences can be sent to the family at www. Boulton, 94, died Wednesday, Dec. She married Walter B. Boulton on April 12, in Heavener and was a homemaker.
She was a member of the Church of Faith. Her parents, husband, one daughter, Pauline Adams, two sons, Charles Boulton and Walter Boulton and one granddaughter, Teresa Stewart preceded her in death.
Graveside services for lifelong Konawa area resident Barbara Anna Bounds are scheduled for 10 a. Tuesday at Vamoosa Cemetery. She married Tom L. Her parents; husband, Tom on March 9, ; and one son, Leonard Bounds, all preceded her in death.
In addition, she has one sister, Julia Beatle of Scottsmore, Fla. Services for Lon J. Bowers will be 2 p. He retired from Tinker Air Force Base in after 34 years as a supervisor over shipping. He also loved to fish. His parents, one brother, Eugene Bowers and one great granddaughter, Hunter Chaffin, precede him in death. Graveside services for longtime Seminole resident Raymond Bowles are scheduled for 2 p.
Wednesday at Maple Grove Cemetery with Rev. Carl Whitfield to officiate. He married Helen M. Bowles in Sulphur in Bowles worked as an oilfield toolpusher in the Seminole oil fields and was a private pilot who enjoyed flying and fishing. His parents, wife Helen , and two sisters Ruth Griffen and Audrey Mitchell preceded him in death. The family wishes to extend their thanks to the Oklahoma Veteran Center in Sulphur.
Funeral services are scheduled for longtime Seminole resident Clara Mae Brackett for 11 a. The casket will remain open until the service time and it will then be closed and not re-opened.
She was born in to this world on Oct. She, her three sisters and brother were reared with the support of their uncle and aunt, Shorty and Eula Johnson in Holdenville. When Clara Mae met Lawrence Brackett in , they fell in love at first sight and were soon married. Both maintained jobs and struggled to begin a family during the hard times of the last of the depression years.
She felt the anguish of losing her fist child and then moved to Seminole, rebounding with three sons who were the center of her world. Clara Mae was first of all a mother and a committed First Baptist Church member, where she was a Sunday school teacher and Cub Scout den mother. After her sons left home, her summers were filled with caring for grandchildren, which she dearly loved. As she grew older, she made weekly trips to the local nursing home where she visited and prayed with residents.
For the past three years she has been a delightful resident of the Cedar Creek Nursing Home in Norman. Thursday at Pentecostal Holiness Church in Holdenville. Bradley, 85, died Sunday, Jan. He was raised in the Seminole County area and had attended Butner Schools. Surviving him is his wife of the home; children, William Bradley Jr. Brand died Wednesday, Sept. The family moved to Wewoka and that is where he attended school. He worked at Safeway for two years, starting when he was in the ninth grade.
At the age of 17 he hitchhiked to Wilberton, Calif. Following his discharge from the service in , he married and lived in Washington for 25 years. Brand returned to Oklahoma and attended a tech school in Okmulgee to train as an electrical technician.
He then joined the National Guard and was mobilized for the Korean War. His company shipped out to Japan first and then on to Korea. Brand was a powder man who experienced his ship being dive-bombed and weathered a typhoon. He worked at Safeway for two years, starting when he was in ninth grade.
At the age of 17 he hitchhiked to California where his mother lived and enlisted in the United States Navy. Services for former Seminole resident Alfred Brannon are scheduled for 11 a.
Interment will follow at Earlsboro Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home. Alfred Brannon passed away, Tuesday, Nov. He was born on Aug. He is survived by son-in-law, Billy Gene Bennett, Sr. In addition, he is survived by four grandchildren; Rita Wright, Carolyn Bennett, Jerry Bennett, and Anita Bennett; nine great-grandchildren, numerous great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be the nephews. Condolences may be sent to the family at the funeral home at website at www. Pastor Mike Peercy and Bro. Mike Raines will officiate. Committal service will follow in Vamoosa Cemetery east of Konawa at 3 p. Emily and Edward Leon Branscum were married Feb. Six grandsons, eight granddaughters and six great-grandchildren also survive her.
Visitation will be at Landmark Baptist Church in Perry from 12 p. Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a. Funeral services for former Seminole resident Joyce Branscum are scheduled for 10 a. Her father, mother, the father who raised her, William Hinton, and her best friend in life and sister, Jeanne Marie Lathan, preceded her in death.
She married her childhood sweetheart, Truman Branscum June 7, They made their home in Seminole where they raised their three children. But more than anything she dearly loved being a mother to her children and grandmother to her grandchildren. She had a fierce pride in her Potawatomi Indian heritage and enjoyed learning about the culture as well as teaching her children about it.
Joyce has lived in the Oklahoma City area since Later in life, Joyce married and spent several happy years with B. Moore to whom she has remained very close with. Hinton and his family; sister Kathy Baxter; nieces Susan Worthington and Terri Ann Harbison as well as several other nieces and nephews. Funeral services for longtime Seminole resident Wilton "Kenneth" Brewster are scheduled for Brewster, 61, died Thursday, May 12, at home.
Thursday at the Swearingen Funeral Chapel with Rev. Brock was born Dec. Graveside services for former Sasakwa resident Beauty Bill Brown are scheduled for 2 p. He then attended the University of Florida to further his education. Brown of Whitehorse in Yukon Territory, Canada; and three grandchildren. Funeral services for longtime Seminole school teacher Cynthia Jewell Brown were scheduled for 2 p.
Jewell was born on Nov. Jewell taught elementary school for over 40 years, 21 of those years in the Seminole public schools. Jewell and her husband, Lloyd, were active members of the First Baptist Church of Seminole for many years. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, one sister and her husband. The family requests memorials be made to Evergreen Care Center, E. N, Owasso, OK, Graveside services for Wewoka resident Mildred Brown are scheduled for 10 a.
Saturday at Holdenville Cemetery with Rev. Services are under the direction of Fisher Funeral Home of Holdenville. On March 28, , she married J. They made their home in Sasakwa and were the parents of two sons, James and Roy, and two daughters, Patsy and Joyce. Brown attended the First Baptist Church in Sasakwa, where she was a long time member.
Brown; daughter, Patsy Garner; one grandson; parents, Elvis and Molly Martin; four brothers and two sisters. She is survived by her daughter, Joyce Calvert of Wewoka; her son, J. Funeral services for former Seminole resident Phosa A. Brown are scheduled for 1 p. Pastor Larry Huff is to officiate. Brown, 86, of Cushing, died Thursday, Aug.
She was born Jan. Brown was a missionary to American Indians. Her parents; husband, Roy Brown Oct. Surviving is one sister, Dorothy Young of Emporia, Kan. Funeral services for Seminole resident Velma Brumley as scheduled for 11 a. Lee Estep is set to officiate, and burial will follow at Little Cemetery north of Seminole.
She is survived by one daughter, Nina Hallmark, Seminole; three sons: Annabell Hallmark, Madison Hotulke, and Shelbie Brumley; as well as many friends and other family members. Private family services have been scheduled for the son of Maud resident Cassie Hardin. Ray worked for Cingular Wireless as a computer programmer since its inception and immediately prior to that he worked for SBC Wireless. He is survived by his wife: Brunkhurst, both of the home; his father, Ray Brunkhurst Sr.
Ray will be greatly missed by a lot of relatives, including eight nieces and nephews and good friends. He also leaves behind a very good friend, Walter Clower, with whom he talked every day. In lieu of flowers the family wishes that donations be made to the Texas Cancer Center for cancer research.
Funeral services for former longtime Seminole County resident Jack Walton Bryant are scheduled for 11 a. She preceded him in death on Oct. Bryant served in the United States Army from Feb. Honorary bearers will be Jim McComas, A. Bryant, 59, died Friday, Jan. In addition she attended Seminole Public Schools. She worked at Blue Bell for several years before becoming a nursing assistant at Seminole Hospital until when her health declined.
Bryant was a member of the First Assembly of God Church. Messages of condolence may be sent to the funeral home website at www. Graveside services for Sasakwa resident Ruby O.
Bryant are scheduled for 11 a. Monday at Oakwood Cemetery in Wewoka with Rev. Wesley Martin to officiate. Bryant, 82, died Friday, Oct. In addition, she has 10 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren surviving her. Funeral services for former longtime Seminole resident David Allen Bunch are scheduled for 10 a. Interment is to follow services at the west Tennessee Veterans Cemetery with full military honors.
Bunch, 52, died Friday, March 25, in Humbolt, Tenn. Allen and Ruth Bunch. He retired from the United States Army in where he was a Sgt. Bunch was a veteran of Desert Storm and had served in Germany under Gen.
Surviving him is wife Reda Bunch of Memphis, Tenn. Alexander Burgess of Spaulding passed away Monday, Aug. A wake service was held at Stout-Phillips Funeral Chapel at 6: Tuesday with the body being transported to the home for a wake service at 8 p.
Arthur Carpitcher and assisted by Rev. He attended school at Vamoosa and was baptized Jan. He became Pastor Oct. Funeral service for Ralph Oren Burkey, 96, of Pocasset were held at 1: Burkey lived in Grady County all of his life. He and Beatrice Slover were married for 72 years. They were married Jan. Burkey was preceded in death by his parents; one granddaughter, Cheryl Anne Burkey; two brothers; and four sisters. Survivors include his wife, Beatrice Burkey of the home; three sons and daughters-in-law, James E.
Funeral service for Ralph Oren Burkey, 96, of Pocasset are scheduled for 1: Graveside services for lifelong Seminole resident Theodore "Ted" R. Burkhart are scheduled for 1 p. Monday at Maple Grove Cemetery with Rev. He retired as a mechanic from Tinker Air Force Base.
Friday at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel. Bobby Curry is to officiate with interment to follow services at Westwood Cemetery. Burris, 78, died Thursday, Sept. Burris married Irene Crooms and worked in the street department for the City of Oklahoma City for several years. In addition, two sisters, Lorene Alexander of Spencer and Elizabeth Frazier of Atoka; four brothers, Charlie Colter, Bobby Frazier and Jimmy Frazier, all of Atoka and Sonny Frazier of Californai; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren also survive him.
Burrows died Monday, Sept. In , her family moved to Madill, where her father set up his dentistry practice. She grew up there and graduated from Madill High School in She stayed on with her family, which had by then grown to six girls and four boys. The family moved to Wewoka in where she worked at Key Hardware and continued to help with the raising of her siblings. Eager to expand her education, Burrow moved to Oklahoma City in , where she lived with her sister, Virginia.
In , she gave birth to Linda, her only child. She continued to work until , when she retired. In , her husband of 36 years died and four years later, Burrow moved back to Wewoka to live with sisters, Virginia and Mary. In , Evelyn again moved to be near family.
This time it was to be near sisters Virginia and Naomi, who were in a Shawnee nursing home and niece Sherry Claybrook. Her many hobbies included crossword puzzles, gardening, sewing, knitting, and cooking. As a child, she always attended worship services with her family and was baptized while in her teens. She attended the corporate worship with the Lord's body in Wewoka, at Mayfair in the city, in Shawnee, and most recently at the Stillwater Church of Christ. She loved to host people in her home and cook for church fellowships.
When she could no longer serve physically, she served financially. Her parents; five sisters, Mary, Ruth, Melba, Virginia, and Naoma; two brothers, Allwyn and Harold; her husband; and a beloved stepdaughter, Fonsene preceded her in death. Services are under the direction of A. Graveside services for longtime Maud resident Charles "Gene" Bussey are scheduled for Saturday at Cummings Cemetery in Maud with Rev. Bussey, 60, died Tuesday, Feb. He was born March 23, in Maud to W.
Frank and Anna Lucille Work Bussey. Bussey was a retired truck driver for Miller Trucking Company of Stroud,. He was a member of the American Legion and of the Oddfellows in Maud. His parents, wife April 25, and one brother Jimmy Bussey July 3, all preceded him in death.
Messages of condolences may be sent to the funeral home website at www. He had always wanted one. He also owned a horsepower Nichols Sheppard engine, a A. Baker engine and a Minneapolis engine,and his fathers engine a M. Rumley engine built here in La Porte Indian. The baker engine was his favorite. Baker had invented a very modern valve gear for the engine, and was sought after by many railroads to put his steam efficient valve gear on their engines. I new have a two cylinder upright westinghouse single acting engine to be used for the swing cut off saw, and a two cylinder water pump engine.
We also have a twin cylinder pumping engine one injector,and a manual pump for water in the boiler. You just cant beat the smells and sounds of a saw mill running cutting oak and steaming steam cylinder oil in the air. My hat goes off to you guys there for keeping your mill operating.
I guess I am showing my age. I was lucky enough to run all the steam locomotives at Cedar Point in Sandusky Ohio for two summers. I pulled five cars four trips an hour and hauled three hundred and fifty passengers on every trip.
The second year I not only ran the engines, but fired, took on water, and shovelled the coal into the tenders every morning by hand by myself.
We had the old waste stuffed journals and I oiled them all every morning. I also started the fires, blew out the flews with a steam hose to knock out the excess soot. My friend Don was one of the last to shock wheat and oats and corn here so he could thresh it with his old advance rumley separator.
Come to Indiana in the fall to our threshing show. I was one of the founders about 25 to 30 years ago. By the way the boiler on our mill formerly heated the New York Central track pan in Chesterton Indiana, and was hauled over to this area on a wagon drawn by horses. Best Regards, Rich Lidke I have a video of our mill on here made by a friend. Thankyou for a wonderful journey through the operations of an old Steam driven sawmill.
Thank you, and I hope the mill still keeps going for generations to come. If at all possible, young children age should see this process to become aware of the hard ardous work necessary to obtain wood down to paper. We are honing in on becoming more green and appreciative of nature but a hands on visible look would be worth a thousand words. I am very impressed and enjoyed reading about the process of a tree.
Later, my father and his brother took over the operation around In my cousin and myself both started working on the mill and in the woods of central PA cutting timber and running the backend of the mill. We would take the lumber off the edger and stack it and cut all the slabs and edgings to either fire wood size or slabs for firing the brick yard kilms. We sold the sawdust also. This story really brought back the memories from that time. We supplied a lot of ties to the railroad and prime oak for hardwood flooring.
We also subblied ash blanks to be turned into handles and baseball bats. We also custom cut lumber for many special projects including homes and other buildings which required special timbers. It was quite an experience. One of the stories my father told me about my grandfather was that when he was young, he lived in a logging camp. On Saturdays, the logging camps would get together and each camp would have a camp champion to box bare knuckle.
My grandfather was champion for a number of years and according to Dad, wan never defeated. A very enjoyable and informative presentation. I learned quite a bit with each picture. I love history information like this and hopefully it will stay around for many years for others to see and learn from.
I sure am glad that I have taken the tour and being from California, plan on coming up north to take the physical tour so I can see, hear and smell the complete process. I hope that will be o. I was sent this by a friend who knows my interest in steam power. But I found the whole mill operation absolutely fascinating. An operation like this is a one of a kind thing and deserves to be kept in use as long as possible.
I noticed that they say the steam engines have less trouble than anything else they could use. Unfortunately boilers are maintenance intensive by comparison. Thanks for all the work to put this together. I grew up with this mill. My dad worked there until he died in I spent my summers during high school with Hull family across the road from the mill. Field trip to San Francisco when in sixth grade spent the night on The C. Thayer and did all the stuff that was done on the ship back when it was in operation.
Great photos of mill. It should not be closed down. I graded lumber after it was dried in the kilns for a few years and then changed to the river crew, where I fed logs into the mill in a steel cable hoist, up to the head rig. I sometimes worked as an off bearer behind the head rig, but finally transferred to the log dump. I ran the cantilever dump, lifting the entire loads off of the trucks and dumping them into the river where they were sorted and graded to be formed into rafts and stored until needed by the mill.
Then the truck trailers were loaded back onto the trucks, so they could return to the woods for another load.
IP built a paper mill next to the saw mill and plywood plant, and used the slabs from squaring up the logs to chip into pieces to digest into paper pulp. The logs had to be barked before they could use them, so they were cold decked and not dumped into the river anymore. The old cantilever dump was sold to a shipyard across the river in Reedsport to lift boats onto the drydock.
IP cut all of their timber and shipped it to China. Leaving Gardiner like so many other lumber towns in the Pacific Northwest. I walked and sorted the logs before sending them into the mill. But, it sort of made me mad as I sat and thought about it. We live in a country where the ones who are rewarded most handsomely are those who produce absolutely nothing of value. Here, we have workers who actually work, yet more and more of their country is owned by the bankers, lawyers and speculators, those who have produced little of value for our country.
Long live sawmill workers. I just called them up and asked if I could visit and they said yes. While I was there, one of the employees took me on a tour.
Same thing the second time I went. You should make a video and get this on a program like This Old House. What a great story and my hat is off to those that have spent their life working at this mill. I moved from N. Last year they closed the mill at Frenchtown and the Lumber mill at Bonner,Mt.
It is appalling that we now send our logs over to China to get made into different products and when they are finished they are shipped back to the U. I have seen this when I drove Truck picking up loads from the docks in Ca. Ironically I have even been sent to deliver loads and pick them up at the papermill plant in Frenchtown,Mt.. I can remember everything coming from Japan when I was growing up and now our country is suffering from loss of jobs because our politicians,bankers and government has sold us short.
Now we know that these groups have been lying about what is really going on and they did this so they could get government-taxpayer money over all these years for their special programs. Our government and politicians are letting this happen. Forest fires destroy more trees than a logger can cut in a hundred years.
Trees can be grown and harvested just like crops of wheat,barley etc. Maybe we can turn this around and start producing in our own country again soon.
The woods, the mill, made boxes, doors and the town. The mill saws could handle giant sugar pine logs cut from the slopes of Mt. One never forgets the smell and whistles of a company owned lumber town. And a previous comment was true: Blessed to have followed my Dad into forest products, and to have spent some time in old sawmills both as a laborer, and as a safety professional. The sounds, the feel of the wood, the aroma of freshly sawn timber, and the satisfaction of surviving yet another damn difficult day hard-at-it, are unforgetable memories.
But the best part of it all — and the single most endearing aspect of Hull-Oakes, is the folks who work there and live that life-style as close as you can find to how it was. All that old technology, and the effort they put into maintaining their historic designation is impressive to say the least. It is by Green Frog Productions, Ltd.
It is very well done, tracking a log through the process just as your photo essay does. This was on the Menominee Indian Reservation in NE Wisconsin which had some of the last remaining old-growth timber left of the great forests that once covered most of that state.
The mill was unusual in that it was built by the US government to provide an industry for the tribe, so the main mill building was of cast concrete, sturdy enough that it still operates today. Back then, it was still powered by a big steam engine, and the sights, sounds, smells and overall action of all the saw carriage, jacks, moving chains and workers was immensely fascinating for a 7 year old.
And still is for a 68 year old! I lived near Placerville, CA. Not many had bandsaws, most used circular saws, one mounted above the other which permitted them to cut large logs. The circular saw blades had removable teeth, occasionaly a tooth would come off and go through the roof of the mill. Most lumber was not planned, homes were built with rough lumber.
A two by four was acually that size and had lots of splinters, must have been tough being a carpenter in those days. I worked as a log setter in a small mill in Riddle Or. I was a timber faller for some time. All the logs shown in these pictures are douglas fir. I fell thousands of them, some even larger than any pictured. I got out of the woods in I worked as a furniture salesman for 30 years. I met Mrs hull at Blackledge furniture in Corvallis Or. I was out to her home several times and sold her a lot of things over the years.
The family was all wonderful. She had a large log house built over by Bend Or. One of the store decorators furnished it for her. Barker would to me imply to place the bark onto the log. Other areas may use different terms. I think you have the time of Mr. Hulls death wrong, it must have been ,it was some time before I retired in I worked in sawmills Bandsaw mill such as the sawmill Pictured located in Hilis, CA from age 18 years of age until I was The teeth on the back of the bandsaw also served to cut pieces of the log that may spring out after the sawyer went through the cut.
We referred to the teeth as splinter teeth. I was the person that rode the carriage and was called a ratchett setter. Pictures bring back many memories from into My dad work for the Kerr Lumber co. He not only worked in the saw mill but was the engineer of the train that hauled the logs out of the forest. I was born at that time but he used to tell us about it. My mother would talk about it also. He died in I have part of one of the boards found in an old barn that was torn down several years ago.
Nothing like the smell of fresh cut wood and the beauty of a finished object made of wood. What a great, great presentation, but just as interesting have been all the follow up comments, so many by people in my age bracket, i.
Incredible memories, and I saw most of the large mills in CA when I was a woods rat cruising timber. I am surprised to see that there is still at least one log pond around. Once the big handling equipment that LeTourneau, Cat and Euclid built came on the scene, most mills turned to log yards, sorting on land instead of water.
Beyond the head rig the conveyor system could handle only small dimension stuff. If they were cutting an RR tie or a large square, once it was to dimension the sawyer would bring back the carriage at full speed, the dogs would be lifted, and when the carriage came to a stop the timber would shoot back out of the mill, fall some 20 feet, and land in the pond with a gigantic splash.
Could give you quite a start if you were driving by and not expecting it. I used to work in a lumber yard back in Ames, Iowa for several years. I received your presentation from friends in Central Oregon this morning and how great it is. I have read every one of the comments and much to my suprise there are none from Anacortes, WA, where we had two huge sawmills, a pulp mill, a plywood mill, and a dozen shingle mills, plus numerous individual shake cutters.
Wood and fish was our life blood on this island. I grew up hanging out at our local shinglemill on Similk bay at Summit Park, and knew every hand there. IT was all steam, as all our mills were. My dad worked in the logging industry before me. Years later as an engineer and business owner, I converted two steam mills to Hydraulic.
The first at Johnsondale, CA a complete company owned town and mill and the second was a smaller mill at Davenport, CA. I did live in the Bloedel-Donovon Owners house in Bellingham, Washington in that over looked their mill. Thanks for sharing this wonderful piece of history. I have driven by this mill you showcased many times. The lovely old log trucks were out though and made for great photographs. The sawmill is going to be open to the public for a tour on May 18, as a part of Historic Preservation Month.
I grew up in the Wauconda Area Graduated from Republic High schoo in , As a kid I used to help a friend of the family cut railroad ties I used to use a sort of knife like article and cut the bark off of the ties that he cut. Made a dollar a day then after a stint in the Army after being discharged in I worked in a steam powered saw mill in Tonasket, Washington for quite some time so I really enjoyed this article Thanks again for bringing back fond memories Bill Fischer.
I visited Hull Oakes a few years ago and found it fascinating. Now I am involved in a writing project involving specific elements of Oregon history and would like to use this story as a resource, with permission. When I got out of the Navy in 79 my new bride lived in Corvallis. We moved from Georgia to Philomath Oregon where there was I believe 5 sawmills within the city limits or very close to it.
I went for a millwright position at Pedee lumber company, which had already been filled. The owner did me a favor since we were both navy men from the black gang boiler rooms he put me on as the off bearer by the big bandmill. I soon began to wonder if he really did me a favor or not, when you work in one of these old mills where most all of the work was manually done, there was know slowing down and you generally had more than one job at a time.
If you worked in one of these mills and lasted, you were a real man. Thanks for the memories. I am in the process of setting up a small mill in the back of my place, not to really make money but to enjoy the sounds and smells of logs being milled.
Some guys want bass boats, I prefer a sawmill. Sawmill in Monroe, Oregon. There also has been one book written about the mill, its processes and history. Here is the citation:. A Case Study in Industrial Archaeology. Keep up the good work. What an excellent documentary of the mill and the timber industry. It brings back a flood of memories as my entire family has been involved in the industry in one way or another for over years.
The company would later become Publishers Paper Co. Sadly, the mill was recently forced into bankruptcy when it was unable to compete with the Chinese for raw materials.
My Grandfather started a career in the woods in Alsea maintaining a steam donkey for the logging operations. He later moved to the Hull-Oaks mill in maintenance to work on the steam engines there. To know the toughness of these folks, my Grandfather talked of the times that he would walk from Alsea to Corvallis for food provisions for the family.
That is an uphill walk back of some 22 miles carrying a load of groceries! During the depression, another group took the risks and constructed a plywood mill in Albany.
This mill used steam power for the lathe while the balance of the machinery was electric. The electric power came from two steam turbine generators that had sufficient generation capacity to run the entire city of Albany in an emergency. The steam was also used in the dryers to dry the veneer. At times the peeler blocks were so large in diameter that they would be chucked off center and rocked back and forth to cut down one side and then re-chucked to clear the floor.
During World War II, these thick panels of plywood were used for the carrier decks on our aircraft carriers. I started my career in wood products at this mill; learning to run every machine station there was while going to college, studying in the field of accounting.
Later, as a CPA working for a national accounting firm in Portland, I would return to this mill to audit the books as an independent accountant. Sadly, this mill too is gone; lost to the Spotted Owl controversy that closed down logging operations for so many mills.
One of my major clients turned out to be Publishers Paper Co. Later, I would leave public accounting and take various accounting positions with Publishers. I later moved on to other wood produicts companies finally retiring. I still build from wood and will until I die.
In my early years I would pass through the mill many times on my way to hunt for deer in the hills west of the mill and later on, to ride motorcycles all over those hills. If you knew the old dirt log roads well enough you could ride all the way to the Oregon Coast. The guys at the mill were always friendly and would wave as you went by or stop you on your way out from hunting to inquire of your luck. The sound of the screaming saws, the steam engine, debarker and the mill overall was a symphony of pure pleasure.
Finally, being politically incorrect, as most timber folks are, I will note that the favored term for the articulated arm on the carriage that turns the log is the Nigger. Thanks for a great story of real America. I was a personal friend to Ralph Hull. He wanted the mill to continue after his death and his genius was in acquiring timber ownership to leave as a continueing raw material supply. The mill does not run exclusively on Ralph Hull timber but I sincerely doubt if it could still operate without the private timber holding.
Ralph was a Good Samaritan. Not only are the folks at Hull-Oakes fine and respectful, they are intelligent as well. There are no computer-operated machines in the mill; every operator is working with the computer in his or her head. Furthermore, every log cut is to meet a specific order, which can vary from one log to many, and from small to large as the photos showed. It is an unusual and remarkable place.
Thanks for a great photographic record. I just read this online and I wanted to tell you that I grew up around Hull-Oaks. My grandpa worked there for years until he finally retired. Even today if you ask around the mill if they knew Barney, they would. Also my uncle still works up there has since he was 18 years old. My father worked there off and on when I was growing up. I really enjoyed reading what you wrote. I hope you get a chance to go back out there and do another article.
I throughly engoyed this entire article. I am an old fan of steam power in every application and am fortunate to live only one 1 mile from a steam traction engine museum here in Portland, Tn. The museum also contains over gasoline, diesel and kerosine powered tractors on steel and rubber tracks or wheels. They belt up many different tractors and Traction Engines to it to cut the mostly popular and oak logs. It was donated to the Celebration and most effectively powered by the owner of several Keck-Gonnerman engines.
They can bee seen, heard, and smelt working away every October on the first week-end. Right off of state rd. Come see us, and Remember,…….
Beautiful job on this site thanks Wayne. Gary Katz I would like to thank you for your work and photos on the Hull-Oakes mill. As a young man I had one of the best childhoods growing up there, I wish every kid could have had that growing up and this world would be a better place. My father worked for Diamond Match Lumber Co.
He past away at 47yrs. However the memories that your story stirred, when we would cut the pine and redwood boards, oh the fragrance, working late in the night to get the orders out for next day deliveries. As you can see I have started a small lumber company just because I love it, certainly not for the money.
Can you tell me if Hull-Oakes mill has someone there that I can contact to visit them? Once again, thank you for preserving the past. Found your site thru the net. That is a cool machine and history too. My husband has managed to line up a Coutts 2 head rig. I have contacted All Blades Canada and they have gave a place in Ont to get the blade to be pounded and order the bits. My question is is there a place in western Canada that we can get the blade pounded and order bits. The timber industry used to be huge there.
I knew a young man who, while working in a mill, got hit by a piece of the band saw blade when it hit a spike. Yes, someone spiked logs in protest of certain logging practices. In researching to write about that incident, I came across your site and found the info very helpful and fascinating as well. This is a great article. Video of those saws in operation would have been amazing. A great story of a successful American family-owned and operated business.
I have been in the reclaimed lumber bus. Our source of material comming from buildings of the Industrial rev. I noticed they had a hand sign to sawer to tell what size of cut. That was developed in the south found in the book The Fasinating Lumber business. Plywood in Eugene, Oregon. Does anyone have photographs, videos, or documentation of any kind on the lathe? But I am sad. I was there Friday and loaded some beautiful timbers from there on my truck. She was a homemaker and enjoyed attending Victory Christian Church in Poquoson.
Crawford, peacefully went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Jan. Hautz, 80, beloved wife to the late James Leonard Hautz Sr. Benedum, 73, a Poquoson resident for 32 years, passed away Friday, Dec. William Eldridge "Billy" Bunting Jr. Horton, 74, a native of Waycross, Ga. Bill Boone, 85, passed away Thursday, Sept. Charles Lee Wesen, on Sept. Black and Frances Meisner, died on Thursday, Aug. Winter, Jack White, and Albert S. Lonnie Freeman Hackney Jr.
David Willis Holloway Jr. Holloway, age 81, passed away at her residence on Thursday, August 4, Eckler, 94, died on Tuesday, July 19, , at Bayside of Poquoson. Schwartz La Clair Jacquelynn D. Schwartz La Clair, 31, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, July 18, Mitchell, 68, a native of Newport News and resident of Poquoson for the past six years, died Tuesday, June 28, , after a valiant lifetime struggle with rheumatoid arthritis.
Leamond Thomas Forrest Jr. Goodall, 75, resident of Poquoson since , passed away June 12, Gobrecht, and loving father of Dana Gobrecht, Karen G. Fowler, and Kimberly G. Huskey passed away on Wednesday, May 4, , after a short illness. Beimler, 62, a native of Hampton and lifelong resident of Poquoson, passed away Sunday, April 17, Hensley, 64, passed away on Tuesday, April 12, Pauls, 97, a native and lifelong resident of Poquoson, passed away Monday, April 4, , at Dominion Village of Poquoson.
Holloway, 78, passed away on Saturday, March 26, She was a native and lifelong resident of Poquoson, Va.
Drummond, 84, a native of Newport News and longtime resident of Poquoson, passed away at home with family by his side Sunday, Feb.
Batcha, of Poquoson, passed away on Saturday, Feb. Horace Miller Davis, 77, departed this world on Feb. Brown and Frances H. Hinton, with family by his side passed away Wednesday, Feb. Quinn, 95, a native and lifelong resident of Poquoson, passed away Saturday, Jan.
She was born Jan. Jordan, 86, passed away Sunday, September 9, William Hugh "Bill" Sylvia Jr. Percy Franklin Ward Sr. Lynn Robert Lindberg It is with great sadness that the family of Lynn Robert Lindberg announces his passing after a short illness on June 10, , at the age of William Sidney "Sid" Patrick, Jr.
Jaime Malavé Jaime Malavé, 92, a native of Puerto Rico and Poquoson resident since , passed away Thursday, April 12, surrounded by his daughters and beloved canine companion, Ryder Pup. Kathleen Gillis Kathleen Gillis, 47, a native of Newport News and raised in Poquoson, passed away Saturday, April 7, after complications from a long illness. Milton Katz Nurturer caregiver fierce defender of country and the underdog Milton Katz passed away March 25 at his home in Poquoson. Bonnie Metcalf Shelton Bonnie Metcalf Shelton passed peacefully and gracefully on March 24 with her family by her side.
Corydon Rouse "Cory" Gifford Cory Gifford died peacefully in the early morning of March 22 surrounded by his ever loving family. Brian Andrew Clevinger With heavy hearts we announce the passing of a beloved son brother husband father uncle and friend Brian Clevinger.
Elethia Ferguson Diggs Elethia Ferguson Diggs, 95, a native and lifelong Poquoson resident, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 16, at home with her loving family by her side. Edna Bunting Teague Edna Bunting Teague, 92, a native and lifelong Poquoson resident, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 16, at home with her loving family by her side.
William Bryan Dixon Sr. Joyce Marie Moorefield Joyce Marie Moorefield, 58, a native of South Boston and resident of Hampton and Poquoson for the last 3 years, passed away Friday, January 19, after a long and hard battle with cancer.
William Otis Freeman Jr. Edward Franklin Cawley Jr. Josette Landrum Ellis Josette Landrum Ellis, 79, a native and resident of Poquoson for most of her life, passed away on Tuesday, December 12, surrounded by her family.
Pamela Ann Montgomery Pamela Ann Montgomery, 69, a native of Bradford, PA and Poquoson resident since , passed away peacefully at home on her oldest grandson's birthday, Thursday, November 30, Laura Ferguson Lotkowictz Laura Ferguson Lotkowictz passed away Tuesday, November 21, peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family.
Mary Gaynelle "Gaye" H. Naomi Fukusaka Martin Naomi Martin, 40, a native of Japan and 15 year Poquoson resident, passed away Thursday, November 9, at home with her family. Delores Forrest Delores "Tootsie" Forrest, 79, a lifelong resident of Poquoson, passed away after a short illness on Saturday, October 21, surrounded by her loving family.
Helen Marie Busse Helen Marie Busse, 87, a native of Chicago and Poquoson resident since , passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, October 17, surrounded by her loving family.
Robert Toy Fowler Sr. Joseph Smith Joseph "J. James William Diggs Jr. Emily Ann Wilson Mrs. Merriel Dean Forrest Merriel Dean Insley Forrest, 82, a native and lifelong resident of Poquoson, transitioned to her heavenly home on Tuesday, July 4, with her family by her side.
Ray Sampson Ray Sampson, age 82, died July 3, Carroll Fay Shores Carroll Fay Shores, 70, a native and lifelong resident of Poquoson, transitioned to his heavenly home on Tuesday, June 13, with his family by his side. Don Clay Marcum Jr. Dolly Messick Woolard Dolly Messick Woolard, 89, a native and lifelong resident of Poquoson, passed away on Friday, May 5, surrounded by her loving family.
Lavita Ruth Wilson Lavita Ruth Wilson, 83, entered the gates of heaven to eternally be with our Lord Jesus Christ, in her "mother-in-law suite" at her daughter and son-in-law's home on Wednesday, April 5, surrounded by her loving family. George Maynard Hansford George Maynard Hansford, 84, a native of Seaford and resident of Poquoson for 67 years, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 18, at home with his family by his side.
Clarence Terry Parker Clarence "Terry" Parker, 79, a native and lifelong resident of Poquoson, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 14, at home with his daughter by his side. Betty Elizabeth Waters Betty Waters, 84, loving wife, mother and grandmother went to be with her Heavenly Father on Friday, February 17, , at Riverside Hospital, Newport News, Virginia, after a courageous second battle with cancer. Margaret May Ashley Margaret M.
Ruth Kohr Ruth Kohr, age 93, passed away on January 27, Florence Taylor Lowack Florence T. Bethany Forrest Diggs Bethany Forrest Diggs, 87, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 14, surrounded by her loving family. Nydia Malave Nydia Malave, 91, a native of Puerto Rico and Poquoson resident since , passed away Wednesday, December 14, at home surrounded by her loving family and beloved canine companion, Ryder Pup. Nannie Virginia Forrest Nannie Virginia Forrest, a native of and lifelong and oldest resident of Poquoson at , passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 30, at Dominion Village.
Danny Mark Edwards Sr. Charles John Bocklet Jr. Michael James Sincoskie Michael J. Faith Holloway Joye Faith Holloway Joye, 68, a native and lifelong resident of Poquoson, crossed peacefully on Saturday, July 16, after a long illness. Robert Ray West Robert Ray "Bobby" West, 85, a native and lifelong resident of Poquoson, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 29, surrounded by his loving family. Thomas Albert Crowther Thomas A. Audrey Backus Audrey Backus passed away at home Tuesday, May 17, , just five weeks after her beloved husband's death.
William George Emerick, Sr. Janet Cash Wade Janet Cash Wade, 75, passed away on Friday, March 25, , at home after a long illness, with her loving husband of 57 years, Eddie, by her side. Deena Murray Cross Deena Murray Cross, 61, passed away on Sunday, February 21, , at home surrounded by family after a long struggle with cancer. Elizabeth Engleburt Wyman Elizabeth Lacy Engleburt Wyman, departed this life on January 18, , after a courageous battle with lung and heart disease. Merle Russell Brickner Jr.
Rita Holloway Mosser Rita L. Ronald McCullough Lamprecht Ronald McCullough Lamprecht left his earthly family to join his heavenly family on September 26, , after a long and courageous battle against cancer.
Judith "Judy" Warren Judith "Judy" Warren, 76, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, July 29, Teresa "Terry" Firman After a long courageous battle with cancer, Teresa "Terry" Firman, 52, passed away peacefully at home, July 17, , with her family by her side. Edward Goodwin Wilson Edward Goodwin "Goody" Wilson, 77, passed in the late evening of July 3, at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, having succumbed to aspiration pneumonia, one of the many complications from surgery that he suffered over the course of six cruel months.
Barbara Luella Stant Hackney Barbara Hackney, 80, passed away June 1st in her home while battling pancreatic cancer with her son Russell by her side. Robert Lee Bailey Jr. Betty Insley Duty Betty Insley Duty, 71, a native and lifelong resident of Poquoson, passed away Monday, March 9, surrounded by her loving family. Paul Richard Begansky Paul R. Donnice Barnard Donnice Barnard, 51, passed away January 28, Dorothy Hahne Dorothy Hahne, 88, passed away January 27, Jacqueline Moore Smith Jacqueline Moore Smith, 85, a native of Roanoke and Poquoson resident for over 60 years, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 21, after a long illness.
Lillie Frick Lillie Frick, 93, passed away January 17,