Bio: Hewett, Harry (1926)
Contact: Crystal Wendt
Surnames: Hewett, Bishop, Raminger, Tompkins
----Source: Neillsville Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 01/21/1926
HARRY HEWETT HAULED HAY
The following note from Harry Hewett will bring back to mind the old day when loose hay was hauled long distances to lumber camps:
Neillsville, Wis., Jan. 17, 1926.
Dear Sirs: -- On looking over last week’s Press, I see in the locals an account of a load of flour being hauled from the depot up town by Herman Yankee’s team, said load consisting of 5 tons of flour a good load indeed. While reading this my mind goes back to the year 1895; sometime between the first and middle of March that year, I hauled a load of loose hay from the farm, now owned and occupied by James Tompkins and Son. This load, as I said, was loose hay, on an old-fashioned narrow-tired wagon, that had been made many years before that date by Philip Raminger, a wagon maker of Greenwood. The load was hauled by me, with my team to the Owen Lumber Co., at Owen, a distance of 21 miles. It was weighed in Greenwood by George W. Bishop, and weighed 5864 net, without the wagon -- lacking just 136 pounds of three tons and this was loose hay, mind you. Mr. Bishop is still living and carrying on a furniture and undertaking business in Greenwood, and can verify the above statement.
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