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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894 Excerpt: ...in a large mill at Oconto, Wis., and the Oconto Lumber Company being organized, Mr. Mears for many years held the office of vice-president. Upon his advice, and in accordance with his keen perception of what the future was to bring forth, the company adopted the policy of acquiring all the pine lands which its increasing profits would enable it to purchase, and it now holds about 100,000 acres of excellent pine timber land from which for many years past no less than 50,000,000 feet of lumber has been cut and manufactured yearly, to supply the immense wholesale trade which for the past ten years has taken the place of the retail yard business of the previous years. In connection with the mills at Oconto is a large planing mill, which, with excellent railroad facilities, enables the shipment of dressed lumber and mouldings direct from the mills to any part of the country. It has been the policy of Mr. Mears, and as well of his associates in business, to secure the best and latest improvement in time-saving machinery as soon as such improvement was brought to their notice, and the mulay succeeded the gate mill, and the gang was soon added. The rotary superseded the upright saw, and the band saw in time found its way into the mill of this enterprising co:npany, the gang edger and the trimmer, steam feed and log turner, endless carriers and labor-saving devices of every sort having been added without regard to cost, and with sole reference to more economical manufacture and a greater saving of timber, so that under the wise direction of the veteran subject of this sketch and his able lieutenants, the cost of manufacture and the waste of timber has been reduced to the minimum. Mr. Mears has occupied yards in various portions of the city, but has been best known i...
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