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The Emmett Index
No. 38.
Definite Announcement Made by General Man
Barton—Construction to Commence
Soon and Crew of 250 Men to be
Employed Within Six Weeks
whenever the pressure of the exhaust
The big: sawmill of the Boise
Payette company
This an
nouncement was made yesterday
by C. A. Barton, vice president
and general manager of the com
pany, accompanied by the state
that construction work "will be
started soon and within six
weeks a crew of from 200 to 250
men will be employed."
This is good news to Emmett
people, and a feeling of jubila
tion is evident on everv hand.
The establishment of this big
lumber industry has been a cher
ished dream for the last 12
Its fulfillment means
located at Emmett.
great things for Emmett and
tributary country as well as
Long valley where the company
owns sufficient standing timber
to keeD the mill in continuous
operation for 20 years,
tional timber on the South and
Middle Forks of the Payette ri
ver are available to feed the rap- ;
maw of the mill another
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20 years.
The announcement already
has had the effect of largely sti
mulating the real estate mar
ket, and several large store ! mild
mgs. including the handsome
Butte block, will be constructed
without delay.
The construction of the plant
will require at least six months'
work and a large force of skilled
mechanic's and laborers will be
continually employed. Mr.Bar
ton states that "there will be
plenty of work for every man in
Emmett and vicinity."
Mr. Barton has kindly furnished
The Index with the following general
description of the plant:
The sawmill building will be 72
feet by 196 feet with a sorting shed
•256 feet long. The mill will contain
•three 9 foot single cutting band mills
of the latest type. The carriage will
have 54 inch openings with steam set
■works and be operated by 14
steam feeds.
Inch double edger and one 60
single edger and a 24 foot trimmer
' of modem construction. All machin
■will be of the most modern type.
There will be one 96
Connecting with the sorting shed
will be the stacker building 62 feet
by 148 feet, where the lumber will be
• automatically sorted and stacked onto
ready to be carried to the dry
kilns by power transfer cars,
dry kilns will contain 12 stalls and be
equipped with automatic controls to
keep the temperature and humidity
■at the best points for dryine the lum
ber as quickly as possible without
After coming out of the dry kilns
' the lumber will pass through an
Kjf. -stacker building 62 feet by 148 feet,
Nk where the lumber will be taken from
bv automatic
^he dry kiln trucks
■machinery run over a chain through
^the dry sôrter building attached to
She unstacker building.
The planing mill building will he
6 feet bv 150 feet and will contain
lodern fast feed machines driven by
In one end of the
lectric motors.
Raning mill space will be provided for
I box factorv. The drv shed for stor
)e dry lumber will be 124 feet by
DO feet. Other buildings to be erect
Ï will be a machine shop 36 feet bv
12 feet with a store room at one side
■MO feet by 64 feet.
HfThe power house and engine
Kill be 50 feet by 60 feet and will
^Bontain a modern steam engine
^Benerate 900 horse power and a 750
Bt. W. turbine operated by steam and
^Bontrolled by an automatic valve to
^■wse exhaust steam when of sufficient
pmpressure and to admit live steam
unit will be installed to furnish lfght
for the whole plant.
The boiler house will be 56 feet by
96 feet and will contain the most mod
ern type of boilers with dutch oven
furnaces to burn green sawdust or
mill refuse.
There will be a refuse burner 34
feet in diameter by 100 feet in height
to take care of mill refuse.
The yards will be laid out with
track system and a power transfer
car to run the full length of the yard
for transporting the green lumber
from the sorting platform to the
All lumber will be handled on trucks
both from the mill to the yard and
from the yard to the planing mill.
Loading tracks will be provided for
at the planing mill, so that at least
fifteen railroad cars can be loaded at
one time.
It will be the aim of the Boise-Pay
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feet of lumber for a ten hour run oi
400,000 feet for a night and day run.
Plans for the mill are being drawn
by Dion and Horstkotte of Spo ane,
Wash., who have designed some o he,
most modern mills in the west. on
struction will be in charge of J. .
Dion, of the firm, who will be on the
ette Lumber Company to erect
plant that will insure a maximum
output of lumber and provide a light
and safe place for its workman. The
mill will have a capacity of 200,000
ground and have charge of all con
Work will be started soon and with
in six weeks a crew of from 200 to
250 men will be employed:
there will be many experienced me
chanics brought in
points, there will be plenty of work
for every man in Emmett and vicin
ity. Wherever possible married men
will be given a preference.
In a short time logging operations
on the Payette river will be started
and this will furnish work for anothei
from outside
large crew.
The Boise-Payette Lumber Corn
large amount of timber
pany owns a
tributary to the Payette River and
expect to have an operation extending
period of from 25 to 40 years.
over a
Will Celebrate Tonight.
The location of the sawmill in Em
mett will be celebrated tonight. The
band will play, fireworks will be shot
off and the old town will receive such
a turning over that it will wonder
what has got into its usual even-mind
ed citizens. Everybody is invited to
come in and join in the jollification.
Bad Boys
In the Emmett cemetery is buried
a little Japanese baby. The parents
follow the custom of their native land
by placing candy in a jar on the grave
instead of flowers. But sad to relate,
naughty boys are in the habit
of stealing the candy after the par
ents have departed.
Capacity 200,000 feet every 10 hours.
Storage capacity of log ponds 60 million feet.
Timber holdings sufficient to keep plant in operation 40
Two hundred and fifty men to be employed within six
weeks in the construction of the mill.
Own electric light and power plant to be maintained; also
waterworks system.
Box factory and pulp mill for utilization of by-products.
All machinery of the most modern type, and every tested
appliance employed for economical operation and saving of
Six buildings to be constructed at once.
Loading yards will permit of 15 cars being loaded at one
Land holdings comprise 700 acres.
Mill will be ready for operation early next year.
In going: back to the event of the
first sawmill to be located in this part
of the Payette valley, it is found that
the United States government used a
portable single circular saw outfit,
which was run by horse power, for
sawing a part of the timbers and lum- i
ber used in the building of Fort Boise, j
This sawmjll was located on a branch !
of Moore's creek, about eight miles
from Boise. After the completion of
the fort, the outfit was brought to the
fort at Boise and eventually sold to!
The Burdge Mill.
William ( Doc) Burdge, a settler liv
ing two miles west of Emmettsville,
on the Payette river. Mr. Burdge
brought the outfit to this valley late
in the year 1869, or early in the year
1870, and installed it in connection
This grist mill consisted of a pair
Q f sma n burrs made from lava rock
teken from the Bi ac k canyon of the
g ojse riv er, near Caldwell, which he
had purc h a sed from the Bahn mill in
Boise valley and used for grinding i
corn meal and pra b am flour. T.he i
water power wa s not strong enough to j
run both the gr jst miil and the saw _
mill at the same time and were run
separately as the demand for chop J
and lumber required. The demand
I with a small water power grist mill
j that he was running previous to his
! buying the sawmill from the govern
was very limited, too.
About the year 1873 William (Bill)
Burdge, Jr., took charge of the mill
and conducted its affairs until 1876,
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This proposed building is owned by a stcok company of local business men. The foundations and base
ment, with numerous supporting pillars, was constructed sometime ago. Six of the store buildings are a -
ady contracted for and applications are pending for the others.
when Dan Downs and Sam Warner
assumed control and operated it until
they sawed into lumffer a drive of logs
that James Wardwell had made for
them that season. This was the first
real drive made for the Burdge mill,
The logs used previous to this time
were catch-as-catch-can and one-man
drives of a few logs.
After Downs and Miller had fin
ished their run. Bill Burdge again
took charge, but did very little sawing. |
The mill was then successively in
charge of Joe Baker and J. V. Witt.;
Under the latter's charge the mill
fell into disuse for several years and
went to wreck. ;
In 1900 or 1901 George Boone re
paired the mill and put it in running !
order, made a small drive down the
river alone and sawed some lumber,
This drive is the only real one-man
log drive on the Payette river on
16< ln 1902 W H. Davis, now a rancher
Canvon countv. came
. Qaooa ir, n nf the mill renaired
^ . jt had a , drive pre _
made' readv to commence
, , government had a
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terfered with his arran gements. Con
, d;d . lumber,
■ 1 - ' McNjgh & A ,| en assume d
ch e of * he p ] ant got posse ssion
^ ^ timber Mr. Davis had cut, made
^ d r j ve and sawed the timbers for
Mr Davis,
their mill and booms.
no t i on jr after this, sawed up a few
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Will be One-Third Larger Than Barber Mill at
Boise and Will Have Capacity of 200,000
Feet Every Ten Hours—Vast
Timber Holdings
When the plant, with its fac- 1 The timber oil the south and Mid
tories for the utilization of by- die Forks is not accessible to rail
products, is in
from 500 to 1000 men will be
employed, just what these by
products factories will consist of
has not yet been made public,
but reports are they will com
prise a box factory and a pulp Or
paper mill.
The capacity of the sawmill
will be 200,000 feet every single
shift of 10 hours, or 400,000 each
double shift. This is One-third
larger than the Barber mill at
Boise, which IS owned by the
same Company. The Boise ml JJ
is designated as Plant No. 1 and
the Emmett mill as Plant No. 2.
Both mills will be under the gen
eral management of C. A. Bar
The land holdings of the com
pnny, upon which the mill will
he located, comprise approxima
tely 450 acres suoth of the river
and 240 acres north of the river.
The following properties have
been purchased for this purpose
and extend from the E. E. Stan
ley farm below the McNish mill
and all the land north of the P.
V. railroad to the junction and
all north of the Short Line from
the junction to the Farmers' Co
East of the
Pearson's, Mrs.
full operation
operative canal,
canal the line runs meandering
to the river on the north and
Washington street on the east:
The Stanley place, the McNish
mill. land, storage ponds and
d'tches, Gardner's,
Chapman's, George Portlock's.
White Pine canal and right of
Jonathan Smith's, Eder
thorn ranch across the river,
which includes an island in the
! river.
The company owns vast timber
holdings along the North, South and
Middle forks of the Payette river,
; comprising approximately 200,000
acres. Of this about 5000 acres is
on state land and from it the ripe
| timber must be removed within the
! next few years, according to the
company's cortract with the state.
j The timber on the North Fork and
its tributaries will be transported to
the mill over the Short Line railroad.
j This will necessitate greatly enlarg
ed side tracks and switching yards
and the employment of a number of
j crews of railroad men, whose head
j quarters will be in this city.
driven on the river,
the timber on these two streams the
government forest department has
. about a bi 'lion feet of ripe timber
^ ^ WI e ava ^ a ^ e '
The storage ponds for logs will take
'[ care ) mi IO j ee ^ s ^ ora g e
system will include a dam across the
town and there will be no company
As long ago as 1903 the Barber
Lumber company, then known as the
Payette Lumber company, planned to
build a mill at Emmett. The Index,
under date of March 10, 1903, con
tained this information:
"C. A. Weyerhauser and Henry
Turrish, representing the Payette
Lumber company, were in Emmett
last Tuesday. They drove over from
; r °ads and will of necessity have to be
In addition to
south branch of the river to the Han
thom island. It will be about eight
feet high.
The company will have a retail yard
here, to be located near the river,
west of Washington street and south
of the river bridge. The purchase of
John McNish's holdings Include his
sawmill and his retail lumber busi
ness, together with the stoak on hana.
The Michigan-Idaho Lumber com
pany has a lease on the mill running
to January 1 of next year. It is not
unlikely that the Boise-Payette com
pany will take over the lease and al
so the logs on hand.
In the conduct of the Emmett mill
the company will deviate from its
custom of many years in having
stores and dwellings of its own for
its workman. The men will live in
ternoon inspected the Fuller island
above town. The company owns a
great deal of timber along the river
above Emmett. Their visit here was
for the purpose of inspecting the pos
sibilities of a sawmill at this point.
The Fuller island is owned by Cobban
& Casey, Montana men, who also awn
a tract of land just north of Emmett
on the river banks. Mr. Weyerhauser
was inspecting these lands with a
view of buying them. Both men were
we ll pleased with Emmett and its
good location for a sawmill. Mr.
Weyerhauser had a long talk with
Jonathan Smith, Emmett's oldest in
habitant, and made numerous inquir
; es about the water power along the
p a y e tte river. "We have sent sev
eral men to Emmett to look for a
sawmill site,' Mr. Weyerhauser said
to an Index reporter, 'and the reports
were so favorable that I came out my
self. I cannot say anything definite
further than that the matter will be
considered.' Just before the train
pulled out Mr. Weyerhauser shook
hands with Jonathan Smith and said:
T agree with you, Mr. Smith, that
this is a good country. I like the cli
mate, too.' "
A year later Emmett's hopes were
again bolstered up, as witness the
following from The Index of March
10, 1904:
"As a timber market Emmett prom
ises to regain the position it held in
the early history of the state when it
was the shipping point for a large
portion of the commonwealth. Two
mills will be sawing timber by next
fall and a third within a year. This
last will be one of the largest, if not
the largest, in the state. It will be
owned by the W'eyerhauser syndicate,
the largest lumber merchants in the
world. This concern owns vast tracts
of timber land on the North Fork of
the Payette river, besides thousands
of acres in the northern nart of the
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