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Lester Shingle Mill, 1602 North Eighteenth Street, Sweet Home, Linn County, OR



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Item Title


Location
1602 North Eighteenth Street, Sweet Home, OR

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER OR-85
Significance: Melvin L. Lester built a shingle mill in Sweet Home, Oregon, in 1951-52 after operating a shingle mill in nearby Foster, Oregon. The family-owned Sweet Home mill ran for nearly twenty years before a fire destroyed it in 1970. The Lester family rebuilt the mill and operates it in much the same manner as small-scale shingle mills were operated in the early twentieth century.

Subjects
Mills


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. GENERAL VIEW OF LOG POND AND BOOM FOR UNLOADING CEDAR LOGS FROM TRUCKS AT LOG DUMP, ADJACENT TO MILL; TRUCKS FORMERLY USED TRIP STAKES, THOUGH FOR SAFER HANDLING OF LOGS WELDED STAKES ARE NOW REQUIRED; AS A RESULT LOADING IS NOW DONE WITH A CRANE
2. VIEW OF BLOCK AND TACKLE FOR MOVING CEDAR LOGS FROM POND TO JACK LADDER--AN ENDLESS CHAIN CONVEYOR THAT MOVES LOGS INTO MILL
3. VIEW OF ENDLESS CHAIN CONVEYOR AS LOGS ENTER MILL
4. DETAIL OF ENDLESS CHAIN CONVEYOR AS LOGS ENTER MILL
5. VIEW OF HEAD RIG ARRANGEMENT WHERE A CIRCULAR SAW CUTS THE LOGS INTO BOLTS
6. VIEW OF SAWYER CUTTING LOG INTO BOLT WITH CIRCULAR SAW
7. VIEW OF WORKER DEBARKING CEDAR BOLT; LARRY L. LESTER (RIGHT); WORKERS WHO EXECUTE THIS DEBARKING ARE CALLED KNEEBOLTERS; WILLIAM C. MARKERT (MIDDLE) IS A SHINGLE WEAVER WHO SAWS SHINGLES FROM THE FACE OF THE CEDAR BOLT AFTER DEBARKING, THEN CLIPS EACH SHINGLE IN THE LAST STEP BEFORE SENDING IT TO THE CHECKER AND BUNDLER
8. GENERAL VIEW OF SHINGLE CUTTING SAWS THAT HANDLE BOLTS AFTER DEBARKING; AFTER DEBARKING THE BOLTS ARE SENT TO THE SHINGLE WEAVER FOR SAWING
9. VIEW OF SHINGLE WEAVER FLOYD D. WILLIAMS CLIPPING SHINGLES
10. VIEW OF SHINGLE WEAVER FLOYD D. WILLIAMS CLIPPING SHINGLES
11. VIEW OF SHINGLE WEAVER FLOYD W. WILLIAMS CLIPPING SHINGLES
12. VIEW OF WORKER, WAYNE N. REYNOLDS, RECHECKING GRADE AND PACKING SHINGLES INTO BUNDLES; LESTER MILL PRODUCES THE GRADES OF SHINGLES
13. VIEW OF WORKER SIZING AND SORTING SHINGLES
14. VIEW OF WORKER SIZING AND SORTING SHINGLES
15. VIEW OF SHINGLES BUNDLED, PLACED ON PALLET, AND READIED FOR FORKLIFT OPERATOR TO MOVE PALLET OF SHINGLES TO LOADING DOCK
16. VIEW OF FORKLIFT OPERATOR MOVING PALLETS TO LOADING DOCK FOR SHIPPING
17. VIEW OF LOADING DOCK
18. VIEW OF BALES OF CEDAR TOW (CEDAR SHAVING WITH SAWDUST TUMBLED OUT) SOLD FOR GARDEN AND ANIMAL BEDDING, AND OTHER AGRICULTURAL USES; TUMBLER IS CYLINDRICAL MACHINE TO LEFT
19. VIEW OF CHIPPER, ADDED TO MILL AFTER FIRE IN 1970
20. VIEW OF MILL; WIGWAM INCINERATOR TO LEFT; USE OF WIGWAM AS AN INCINERATOR WAS DISCONTINUED AFTER 1972
21. VIEW OF MILL AND SHINGLE STORAGE AREA
22. VIEW OF CHIP STORAGE BIN (LEFT) AND WIGWAM INCINERATOR (RIGHT)
23. VIEW OF WIGWAM INCINERATOR; WIGWAM; USUALLY HAS A DUMP TRUCK PARKED INSIDE; WOOD WASTE FALLS FROM CONVEYOR INTO TRUCK WHICH HAULS WASTE TO A LOCAL MILL FOR USE AS FUEL


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