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Fenelon Falls Gazette, 25 Dec 1880, p. 2, column 3
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(From our Correspondent.) Lumbering by Mr. Boyd, of Bobcaygeon, Messrs. Boyd & Irwin, of Peterborough, Mr. R. C. Smith, of Fenelon Falls, Messrs. Bigelow & Trounce, of Port Perry, and sundry jobbers, is making good progress of Glamorgan this year. I hear of telegraph poles being in demand at 25 cents per pole, 30 feet long; but it is not expected that such a tempting bait will catch many fish up here. I know a firm who last season gave 20 cents for poles for which I am certain they got 75 cents; but their niggardly policy caused them to get only a few hundred poles. Had they given a fair price, they could have got 20,000 if they required them. If we poor unfortunate settlers who possess such fine timber as many of us do, can only be firm enough to hold on for a year or two, railway communication, which I hear is again brightening up, is sure to bring us good price. Mr. S. Swanton would find this a good locality for his operations when requiring large quantities, as they could be got to Kinmount by following a drive of logs for two cents per pole. Ties, I hear, are fast playing out up the limits of the Victoria Railway; but there is a good field yet to be opened in this locality, where poles and ties have yet been untouched. They are not in any way as numerous as in the Victoria Railway district; that is to say, tamarac and hemlock; but of cedar suitable there is quite a quantity. Few people, however, will sell their fine trees, 60 to 70 feet long, worth probably $1 50 each, for telegraph poles or to a tie merchant to cut four ties out of; but necessity compels many to sacrifice now what would presumably be of great value to them in the future. The scripture text, "To him that hath shall be given, and from him that hate not shall be taken away," is often fulfilled in this district.

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Correspondent news from Gooderham
Date of Publication
25 Dec 1880
Personal Name(s)
Boyd ; Irwin ; Smith, R. C. ; Bigelow ; Trounce ; Swanton, S.
Corporate Name(s)
Boyd & Irwin ; Victoria Railway
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