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The Coconino sun. [microfilm reel] (Flagstaff, Ariz.) 1898-197?, September 29, 1922, Image 3

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The following, from the talk given
on Tuesday of last week before the
members of the club and their lames
and guests by President I. B. Koch
of the club, who also is vice-president
and manager of the Arizona Lumber
& limber Co., or this city, contains
many interesting facts about tne mm
ber industry, and answers many ques
tlons one, in particular, concerning
lumber prices that many 01 us nave
Fellow Rotarians and Friends:
It is a genuine pleasure to see you
gathered about the camp table, and
particularly to have you as our guests.
' One of the principles of Rotary is get
ting acquainted witn tne otner lei
low's business troubles, as well as en
joying with him his business pleas
ures. Now it is not my intention to
burden you with our troubles, but I
feel that each one of us has his own
problems to bolve and his difficulties
to overcome, and I am going to ask
you to bear with me for a few mo
ments while I tell you some few things
about the lumber industry, particular
ly as relates to northern Arizona.
You should know that in the days
when George Washington and his men
cut down pine trees in the New Eng
land states to build fortifications for
themselves, America had 822 billion
acres of timber. Five sixths of th:s
enormous stand is now gone, partly
due to destruction by fire, and partly
by the logger or due to the clearing
of the land for agricultural purposes.
You should know that we are now
cutting 26 billion cubic feet of timber
a year, and producing by reforesta
tion and natural growth approximate
ly six billion feet, which would make
a net loss of 20 billion feet per an
num in our timber reserve. This is
indeed a very serious situation and
one which we should all ponder over.
However, personally I have great faith"
in the inventive mind of Americans
and feel that a suitable substitute for
wood will bo found long before our
timber supply is exhausted.
Arizona possesses in standing tim
ber under government control, about
12 billion feet, and there are approx
imately 850 million feet in private
holdings. The state itself with its 46,
000 acres of timber lands, bwns ap
proximately 230 million feet, making
a grand total of about 18 billion feet
for the Arizona stand. There are
about 31 mills in Arizona, producing
approximately 160 million board feet
per annum. However, 95 per cent ot
this 160 million feet is produced by
the rrlills at Williams, Cliffs, Cooley
and Flagstaff. On the present market
the approximate value of this output
is $4,800,000.
The first mill of any importance in
Arizona was built in 'Flagstaff in No
vember 1881 by Edward Ayer. It
was taken over two years later by
the Riordan brothers and has operated
ever since as the Arizona Lumber &
Timber Co. It is generally conceded
to be the oldest manufacturing con-
in Arizona. It was bunt pri
Times were never so
good and we have mer
chandise you want this
-time of year. -
Repair the auto top
and curtains.
Repair the shoes:
Buy guns and am
munition to go hunting.
Spend your money
here and get value re
ceived. We have a deer and
two turkeys staked out
for every hunter.
W. H. Switzer
Phone 94
17 tt San Francisco St.
Graduate Teacher of an
Eastern Conservatory
announces opening of
810 W. Birch Ave.,
Flagstaff, Arizona,
October 1, 1922.
Theory of Music
Wind Instruments
marily for the purpose of producing
ties for the construction of the Atlan
tic & Pacific Railway. Many of these
ties were, however, hewn ties, and
were cut in the timber mainly along
the right of way before the railroad
ran through Flagstaff. If you will
ride from Uellemont to this camp you
will find along in sections 15 and 16
evidences of where these ties were
You should know also that prae
tically the entire Coconino forest is
over-matured and when driving
through the timber, if you will pay
attention to the tree tops you will
find many so-called spike tops, that
is where the top of the tree is ap
parently dying. This is one of the
surest indications of the over-mature
timber and it indicates that when the
tree rs opened up a big percentage of
rot win be found.
A few moments ago I mentioned the
fact that the approximate value of
the output of the Arizona mills is in
the neighborhood of five million dol
lars and that 95 per cent of this was
produced right here close to Flag
staff. In view of the fact that gov
ernment statistics show that the lum
ber industry as a whole for the past
twelve years has not been a profitable
undertaking, it would mean that prac
tically this entire amount of five mil
lion dollars is expended pretty close
to your own town of Flagstaff. You
should know also that the U. S. gov
ernment and the University of Ari
zona own and control the bulk of thi3
timber, and that the public is pretty
well guarded against profiteering by
the lumber mills through the guard
ians which Uncle Sam has given us in
his forestry department. You should
know that when we make application
for the purchase of timber and are
finally awarded a contract, which by
the way is open to all bona fide bid
ders, one of the provisions in the con
tract which we sign is that the price
per thousand feet will be so much,
and this price is arrived at not by
what we feel or say we can afford
to pay, but at a rate per thousand fix
ed by the forestry department after
a careful survey of the timber and
ground conditions, railroad expense;
etc., and based upon what the depart
ment feels the operator can afford to
pay and at the same time insure for
the operator a fair return on his in
vestment, which fair return is sup
posed to be about six per cent. How
ever, there are so many unforseen
conditions that arise in sawmill oper
ating, that government statistics and
internal revenue reports show that the
lumber industry as a whole during
the past twelve years has not aver
aged two per cent on the money in
vested. In fact, the statement was
made to me by a well-informed party
the other day that 95 per cent of the
lumber companies in the northwest
are bankrupt today. This is a sad
condition in which ond of the princi
pal industries of the country finds it
self, and is quite in contrast with the
general opinion so often expressed by
people to the effect that the lumber
business is a gold mine.
Please bear in mind that this gen
eral opinion does not rest in the
minds of the producer or the retail
er or the manufacturer, but the gen
eral public stands aghast at the price
that is asked for a clear board and
this is due entirely, to the fact that
they do not appreciate that but 4
or 1 board in every hundred is clear
and of this grade,; and that the bal
ance, or 96 per cent is made up of
factory plank, common, culls, etc., the
majority of which grades are being
sold today below the cost of produc
tion. You should know too that the aver
age age of the pine tree that you look
at here about you is from two to four
hundred years, and if you wish to sat
isfy yourself as to the age 'of any
particular tree, just count the. rings
in the old stumps and figure one year
for each ring. That will give you the
age, and when you find a ring which
is hardly discernible you will know
that that was a lean year in moisture,
whereas the heavy rings indicate
bountiful moisture, warmth and gen
erally favorable growing conditions.
I do not wish to weary you with
too much detail regarding the lum
bermen's affairs, but you should
know that the mills in northern Ari
zona with their production of 160 mil
lion feet, employ about 2000 souls,
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Copyright 1922 Hart Schiffner & Marx
in your fall clothes
You get more quality here too; Hart
Schaffner & Marx latest models in
rich imported and domestic wool
ens. You save money, look better
and feel better.
They're good; belted
backs; and belts all
around; Norfolks
great values at
New ones; Raglans,
Chesterfields, belted
styles and box coats.
Great values at
The Home of Hart Schaffner & Marx Clothes
Our Brooms Make the Cleanest Sweep Because They're the Best
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with corresponding dependents of
another 4000, making a total of about
6000 souls in" all, directly dependent
on the lumber mills for their exist
ence. What benefit the merchants
and others in the vicinity of these
mills derive irom their existence is
best known to you. A payroll of be
tween, two and two and a half million
dollais per annum is bound to be of
considerable benefit to the communi
ties in which it is expended.
These mills in northern Arizona op
erate about 170 miles of their own
track, each one maintaining a com
plete railroad organization with equip
ment of approximately 15 to 16 lo
comotives and 300 logging cars.
The state and county taxes paid by
these mills approximate $100,000 per
annum. You should know that they
pay for timber purchased from the
state and government approximately
$400,000 per annum, and that a con
siderable percentage of this goes to
the state for the use of the university
at Tucson, and. a proper percentage
for the building and maintenance of
roads in the county. Of the millions
dustry in northern Arizona, approxi
mately 04 per cent is pay roll, and the
balance is for supplies purchased
largely right here at home. Your wa
ter account in Flagstaff is increased
yearly by the thiee lumber mills by
between 15 and 16 thousand dollars.
The foregoing figuies are based on
the operations at full production and
are approximately correct. Pull pro
duction is one of the greatest essen
tials to the success of the lumber op
erator, and reduced production and
enforced f hut-downs, by reason of the
teriific overhead expense which is al
ways exibtent in the lumber business,
soon eat up whatever profit might be
derived from active operations.
I trust that you will be able to re
member some of the figures that 1
have given you, and that you will ap
preciate the magnitude and value of
the lumber industry in northern Ari
zona and what it means to this sec
tion. Let us hopo that conditions
throughout the country will permit
our mills to operate to full capacity
for many years.
An "Older Boys'" conference will
be held in I'lagstaff under the aus
pices of the Y. M. C. A. on Friday
and Saturday, October 6 and 7. The
theme of the conference will be "Mak
ing Life Count"
The program begins at four o'clock
Friday, with the registration of del
egates and assignment to homes.
There will be about 30 out-of-town
delegates and the Y. M. C. A. is ask
ing entertainment for them in private
homes lodging Friday and Saturday
nights, breakfast Saturday and Sun
day mornings. All who will volun
teer this service are asked to notify
Tom L. Rees.-
At six, Friday, there will be a ban
quet at the old Presbyterian church,
to which all are invited. Plates will
be SI each and reservations should
be made the day before.
Herbert L. Crate of ban Antonio,
will be principal speaker at the ban
On Saturday the program begins at
eight in the morning, with leaders'
breakfast followed at nine by song
service, devotionals and reports, and
at 10:30 by an address on the needs
of boy life in the southwest, by H. P.
Demand of Denver, which will be fol
lowed by general discussion. In the
afternoon at two there will be singing
and an address by Mr. Demand on
Christian citizenship training. At
7:30 that night there will be another
song service and an address by Mr.
Crate, and closing ceremony by W. II.
The McGonigle Lumber & Improve
ment Co. are now operating their saw
mill at Riordan night and day, to
keep up with orders.
The company recently put in an
electric light plant for both the mill
and the yard and have installed show
er bath rooms adjacent to the mill
for the use of employes. This latter
innovation is Drovinc exceedingly
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