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Volume XXIV Number 4 Winter 2016 #119

Driving to the River

Driving to the River

January 1913

Eureka Montana

About the Cover

Long before there were such things a tractor crawlers, rubber-wheeled skidders and log-hauling trucks, the only practical means for getting timber to a mill was by floating it down the river. It also meant only trees growing relatively close to the river could be harvested. In the Tobacco Valley, it took about 13 years to deplete the resource. Major logging operations would not resume until after WW II with the availability of a newly developed heavy machinery. This picture shows a team of horses high stepping it through the snow on the Purdy Ranch in 1913.

Courtesy of Marilyn Parker

Table of Contents

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River Rats a photograph
4
Proving up a photograph
5
Letters to the Editor, etc
5
Trego Topics a cartoon
6
The Journal an editorial
7
T Tales a lament for Hank
8
A Conversation with Joan Shirley
12
Old Ad Camp Lewis
13
Two Obituaries
14
The Blackjack Trail by Salley Purdy Ripley
15
The Blackjack Trail a poem by Art Henningsen
16 & 17
Centerfold: Them that Served
18
Shades of Grey by Gary Montgomery
22
Olde Tyme Recipes
23
Reflections - Winter 1926 & 1927
24 & 25
Best of the Tobacco Plains Journal
27
Nothing New Under the Sun
28
On River Drives and the Big Mill from The Story of Tobacco Plains
29
Odyssey of Phillips Lake at Okaga by Alma Phillips
30
The Diary of Roy Eischelberger
31
A St. Christopher Medal by Barry Schermerhorn
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