McCloud River Lumber Company
Beautifully engraved antique stock certificate from the McCloud River Lumber Company dating back to the 1940's. This document, which has been signed by the company Vice President and Secretary, was printed by A. R. Maul & Co. of Minneapolis, and measures approximately 12" (w) by 8 1/2" (h).
This certificate's vignette features a trio of great vignettes. The central scene shows a panoramic view of a mountainside. In the upper left corner workers prepare to transport a massive downed tree and the upper right corner shows a team of horses preparing to move the same tree.
A group of pine cones adorns the company name.
Fantastic and historic piece.
You will receive the exact certificate pictured.
The upper reaches of McCloud River were thickly timbered with vast stands of Ponderosa and Sugar pine trees, among other species. A lack of suitable transportation limited the success of most early lumber operators that attempted to establish sawmill operations. The nearest railroad ran in the bottom of the canyon of the Sacramento River, on the other side of a 1,000 foot high spur of Mt. Shasta.
In 1892 a man named Friday George established a sawmill in the Squaw Valley. Friday thought he had the transportation problem solved with a steam traction engine, which he used to transport lumber over the mountain to the railhead at Sisson. However, the venture failed in 1894, and the project was abandoned.
The McCloud River Lumber Company was brought into existence in March of 1896 by George Scott and William Van Arsdale. The pair owned and ran the Siskiyou Lumber and Mercantile Company, which had sawmill and retail operations around the Mt. Shasta City area, and they were intrigued by the potential of Friday's bankrupt operation. The McCloud River Lumber Company bought out Friday's operation and resumed operations.
A small community had established around the old Friday George mill to house the mill employees. One of the first orders of business of the new owners was to expand this community to house the workforce and their families that would be needed to run the operations on the scale envisioned. This new community was initially named Vandale, which was changed to McCloud in 1897/1898. McCloud was a true company town, as everything in the town was owned by the lumber company and provided for the exclusive use of its employees.
The initial creators of the McCloud River Lumber Company remained in control until 1902, when they sold out to a group of Minnesota investors headed by a man named Judson Carpenter. The lumber company eventually came under common control with the Shevlin-Hixon Lumber Company, which had a large sawmill operation in Bend, Oregon. The two sawmills, along with Shevlin-Clarke Co. Ltd. of Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada, and Carpenter-Hixon Co., Ltd. of Blind River, Ontario, Canada, were all jointly marketed together under the Shevlin Pine Sales name.