Wood industry topic of St. George Historical Society meeting

Apr 16, 2014

St. George — Ralph Cline, Charlie Skinner, and Duke Ellis will share their knowledge of the wood business in St. George at the April meeting of the St. George Historical Society.

Cline still works the mill his father, remembered as The Patriot from Wyeth’s celebrated portrait, ran for decades. Skinner operated a portable band mill saw until a few years ago. Duke still gets wood out with a team of horses.

During the past few years residents have seen huge truckloads of wood hauled out of St. George but few of know where it was cut, where it was taken, and what its value might have been. Nor do they know what the future may be for the woods that still cover much of the peninsula. The panel will give some answers and opinions.

When a person thinks of St. George’s resources and industries, fish and granite come to mind. But over the long haul, it may be that the forest has played an even more important role in the development and survival of the town.

Before discussing more recent developments in the wood business there will be a brief history of the part wood played in the early history of the town.

Everyone is invited at no charge, but a collection will be taken to pay for the use of the hall. A potluck supper will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the St. George Grange Hall, Wiley’s Corner Road. The program begins at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, call James Skoglund at 372-8893.

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