Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Stack of Logs


Selma and Dallas County are wood-products producers. Pine is plentiful, but we produce some hardwoods too. Here is a stack of logs at Miller Lumber Company. Several of my relatives were employed at the old Schuer-Miller Lumber Company a century ago, including my grandfather, great-grandfather (who moved here from Ohio) and some great-uncles. In fact, my grandparents met through the family connections here. After Great-Grandfather died from pneumonia in 1912 (during the same week that the Titanic sank), most of my grandmother's family returned to Ohio, while she stayed Down South to marry the handsome, young man who had been her father's supervisor. (The rest is history!)

12 comments:

marley said...

Great history. One of my favourite lines to use is "..and the rest is history"

Gwyn said...

Your photo brought back lots of memories of living around logging in OR, OH, and AK. I can smell the log yard now.

Kate said...

An unexpected story initialed by a stack of wood. Interesting how one thing leads to another!!

Jim said...

Nice bit of family history. Those are some big logs.

b.c. said...

nice story...and aside from the logs--it's also nice to see green grass! (everything is covered in ice or snow over here...)

Chris said...

Very interesting! I agree with Kate. Sometimes, things just work out, don't they?

Southern Heart said...

What a nice story, and an interesting post!!

oldmanlincoln said...

Funny you mentioned "Miller" as a lumber company and "Ohio" and moving back and forth...

There is a man up here not far from where I live whose farm has a sawmill on it in the barn. You can go there and buy almost any kind of wood and lots of exotic woods too.

Anyway...his name is also "Miller."

Sally said...

You know as soon as I read your story and Ohio, the first thing I thought was "I bet Abe....."

These look much neater than the tornado affected oned :-)

iBlowfish said...

Interesting story, while you mentioned my state too in that story.

Rambling Round said...

Thanks for your comments.
Well Abe, my grandmother's family was from Clinton County...New Burlington, Ohio, a town that was flooded by the Corps of Engineers in the 1970s to make a lake. I did some checking on the web, and there was a sawmill there in the 1880s, which is when my grandmother was born. I don't know if her father worked there before moving to Alabama or not, and we don't know why they moved. Must have heard that the weather was a lot warmer down South! They were of Swiss-German ancestry, and Selma's initial economy was pretty much built by German immigrants. About 300 came over and opened businesses and industries in the 1800s.

Son Poemas said...

It is an interesting post. I like the picture, also.

Gracias.