The Eel River Valley Lumber Company

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It is a question whether any other logging railroad in the county is more thoroughly constructed and ballasted than the one which reaches out from a junction with the valley road to the vicinity of Felt's Springs. Much of it was expensive road to build, and expense was not spared in the effort to (obscured) a safe and lasting (obscured).

No lumber-making firm in the county has a better opportunity to take advantage of a rising market, and with a single exception none will be able to furnish a larger daily output or to float orders with greater punctuality. There is a bit of history connected with the home now owned Geo. W. Byard, which is within sight of Newburg town on the west. That property was located by pioneer Henry Rohner and John Sigrest in 1851, at a time when the population of Eel River Valley was indeed sparse and well scattered. Rohner and Sigrest had two other "neighbors" but it was a (obscured) walk to reach some of them.

From the present terminus of the Eel River Valley Lumber company railroad in the vicinity of Felt's Springs to Blanton's Prairie is a distance of only about three miles. It is more than likely that in the near-coming future a branch railroad from the present one will reach out in the direction of the Prairie that Uncle John Blanton located so many years ago, for the intervening territory is covered with a vigorous growth of redwood and tan bark oak.

There is an Alpine flavor in the location and surroundings of Newburg town. The cozy cottages nestled under the southern slope of the hill, and the wild yet attractive scenery which nature offers on every hand tends to attract the attention of first time visitors. Those who have lived there for years and have become accustomed to the surroundings do not fully appreciate the natural romance which environs them. It is as good a place as any to enjoy life and be happy.

The retail lumber yard of the Eel River Valley Lumber company near Fortuna is growing to be an important lumber-dispensing depot. Much of the output is carried across the river, although the Pacific Lumber company's retail yard has an almost equal advantage with their own. And lumber from the Newberg mill yard is sold in close proximity to the Alton one. Mr. Camitz has worked up an important trade for his company and that trade is continually increasing.

The Lumber company's store at Newburg carries a very complete assortment of general merchandise, and we don't know of a more neatly kept one in the county. There is no hap-hazard showing of goods on the shelves, but order seems to be Heaven's first law in the eyes of manager Seffens.


The writer, who in the long ago was as familiar with the streets of Newburg-on-the-Hudson, in Orange county, N. Y., as he is with those of Fortuna, had often wondered who suggested the name which the lumbering headquarters of the Eel River Valley Lumber company wear. Many queries in regard to the matter had been made without avail. On the occasion of the late visit of president Dodge that gentleman was appealed to. He promptly responded, "It was C. H. Heney, one of the original members of the company." Mr. Heney suggested the name and it was promptly adopted by the other members of the company. Others as inquisitive as the writer had often suggested that the name of the Humboldt mill site must have been suggested by a former resident of Newburg, N. Y.



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