Sumpter Lumber Co. Sawmill.

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Description Sumpter Lumber Co. Sawmill. "The Sumpter Lumber Company, of -whose plant we present a cut, is one of the best equipped mills in Eastern Oregon, the main building being two stories in height, with a length of 126 feet, and an extreme width of 6O feet. They also have a planing mill and a shingle mill, and are in a position to supply the complete wants of their many customers, their capacity being twenty thousand feet of lumber in a day. The firm is composed of Arthur W. Ellis and James B. Stoddard, the latter acting as general manager, and of whom it can be truthfully said that he has passed the majority of his life in the lumber business. He is a native of Utah, and after receiving a liberal education, in 1877, became identified with his father in the lumber business in Wyoming, also operating saw mills at Beaver Canyon, Idaho, and Logan Canyon, Utah. In 1884, in connection with his father and brother, they bought out Henry E. Gibson, of Ogden, Utah, and for a period of two years did a wholesale business from that point. Then forming with others the Ogden Lumber & Building Company, he acted as manager of it for a year, but after its incorporation resigned to take charge of his other plants at Aspen, Wyoming. Selling his Aspen property, he returned to Ogden, and in connection with David Kay and L. L Holther, organized and incorporated the Rocky Mountain Lumber Company, in which he retained his stock until several months ago, disposing of it to Mr. Holther. Coming out here to assist his brothers in moving their plant, he saw the need of a saw mill at Sumpter, and the result was the establishment of his present plant. In 1881, Mr. Stoddard married Miss Esther Leishman, the daughter of J. A. Leishman of Logan, Utah, and has four children, the eldest, his son Leon, being 15. He is president of the Business Men's Association of Sumpter, and has been active in advancing the interests of the town. He is a prominent Republican worker."
Source: p. 28, Souvenir Edition. Morning Democrat, Bowen & Small, Publishers, May 20th, 1898.
Object ID 1980.1.628
Place Sumpter
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