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June 17, 1971     Shelton Mason County Journal
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June 17, 1971

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STEAM POWER replaced bull and horse teams when the first donkey engine in Washington came to Mason County to yard logs. ( THE FIRST "CAT" tractor with logging arch, powered by a gasoline engine, appeared in the 1920's. DIESEL POWER with electronic controls does the job today for Simpson Timber Company; this grapple drops from a skyline, grabs a log, and swings it to the landing. Page S-36 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, June 17, 1971 / Loggers who been skidding timber with oxen or horses thought they'd gone about as far as they could go when the steam donkey appeared. Even though it still took a horse to drag the haulback. But the old-timers would really have a hard time be- lieving their eyes in the woods today. Steam has yielded to diesel power and a monstrous thing called the grapple has taken the tongs out of the loader's hands and may do the same thing for the choker, Two of the old-time logging show's top hands, the high climber and the donkey puncher, have been eliminated by the mobile stee! tower yarder. This 100-ton giant does everything but load the logs onto the trucks. Simpson Timber Company put two of them into service during 1968 on the Sustained Yield Unit. On the Hoodsport District of Olympic National Forest two timber operators during the past year have used a so- phisticated fixed skyline system capable of yarding logs 5000 feet from previously inaccessible stands. It eliminates use. of roads in rough terrain and also minimizes erosion. Another mechanical logging behemoth, the thinning shear, was demonstrated at this year's Forest Festival Log- ging Show. In less than ten seconds this machine felled a spar with a 24-inch butt. Radio-controlled rigging is another innovation. The torpedo is a rectangular carriage which rides a skyline and contains a main-line drum and a power unit. Responding to a radio signal from the rigging slinger in the canyon below, the power unit drops the chokers to the crew.- The next development may be to substitute a grapple for the chokers. A glorified whistle punk with a little black box will then do the whole job of starting the turns to the landing. The rubber tired skidder, because of its greater speed, is taking the place of the "cat" on level ground logging. Some of these now have put a grapple where the chokers were. In southern pine timber which is small stuff the "snip- per" now clear cuts with a big shear and another harvester improves on that by shearing off the limbs and top too in one fell swoop. A mechanical marvel called "the utilizer" barks and chips logs in the woods. Self-loading trucks with boom and grapple make it possible to harvest second growth with three men. The Skokomish Indian tribe, Mason County's origirial settlers who roamed the woods and waters before the whine of the chain saw or roar of an outboard motor was heard, has played an important role in the timber indus- try. About 200 of the tribe still live on their reservation on the north bank of the Skokomish River near its mouth, where they exercise fishing and other rights granted by the Point No Point Treaty of 1855. In his history of Mason County, "Green Common- wealth", Stewart Holbrook wrote: "Three of the ablest Indian loggers in Mason County were Joe Sherwood, 6 feet 7 inches tall, his brother, Kim- ball, and Joe's son, Pete. These Skokomish men were won- derful with an ax amd quick, willing, and tireless. They took obvious pride in their woods work. "Pat Slade was another such. At one of Shelton's Fourth of July celebrations early in the century, Slade and another Indian, Charles Frank, broke up what was to have been a tree-falling contest when they put their tree down in such record time that all of the other contestants were discouraged and quit. "There was William Miller, an undercutter, so quick and able that no set of fallers ever could tree him. His son, Fred, was a skilled man, a Simpson hooktender. Wil- liam's brother, Charles, used to tend hook for bullteams on the Simpson line. "It would seem from the record and from the memor- ies of old settlers that Indians and whites worked more cooperaively together in Mason County than in other sections of the state; and there can be no doubt that in the early days of logging, Indians were the backbone of the local camp crews." Merv's Tirecap is staffed and equipped to handle all of your tire problems. From the top line Dayton tires to guaranteed re-capping, Merv carries everything you need for cars, trucks or tractors. Complete car care is available at Merv's i Proprietor Mabel L.ong's years of experience and sincere interest in her customers have made the Capital Restaurant one of Shelton's most popular. The restaurant is located in the Capital building at First and Railroad, and has a varied menu featuring steak and lobster combination, prime rib and Olympia oysters. You'll also enjoy home-made pies and rolls, choice steaks, filet mignon, New York cut sirloin, and a new merchant lunch daily. Cocktails are served in the Topper Room. For breakfast, lunch and dinner you'll be pleased with the food and service at the Capital Restaurant. Open Every Day 6 a.m, to 10 p.m. You'll Like The Friendly Service and Complete Stock Picnic Supplies Cold Beverages Frozen Foods with brake and alignment work a specialty. Texaco prod- ucts are featured at the station. TIRECAP Florence Felix 1st and Railroad Owner: Mabel Long 1st and Cota Streets i! ii:!i!iI Groceries Meats Sundries CHEVRON PRODUCTS Daily, except Sunday, 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. The log monument at the south entrance to Shelton, is symbolic of the welcome extended visitors to the county. It offers a picture-taking opportunity few can pass up with its background of the saw mills, Oakland Bay and the Olympic Mountains. The Shelton-Mason County Chamber of Commerce through its many members is working continually to make Mason County a friendly attraction for tourists and a pleasant place to live and work. Bayshore Road Across from Bayshore Golf Club Phone 426-4890 SEVEN DAYS A WEEK Summer--7 a.m.--to 9 p.m. Winter: Weekdays--7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays--9 a.m. to 7 p.m. ton-Mason County Phone 426-202 1 3rd and Cota Sts. Thursday, June 17, 1971 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Page S-57