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Steam donkey and Spar tree at Merrill & Ring Logging operation

Steam donkey and Spar tree at Merrill & Ring Logging operation, 500 feet south of Alice Lake.

Photo by: Bun Yarwood.

Merrill and Ring, an American company bought their claim in 1888 for 25 cents per acre. This went from Valleycliffe through the foothills to Brohm Lake. They did not set up in the valley until October 1926. The operation had come from Duncan Bay, before that they had been at Camp O near Alert Bay. Their first camp is where Valleycliffe is located now. They employed 200 people. The hiring was done by Loggers' Agencies in Vancouver. They would fall the trees with cross cut saws then haul the logs with a steam donkey to the train. They used a steam axe to split the wood as machines used only wood fuel at the time.

A lot of Merrill and Ring timber was burnt in a Norton McKinnon fire in 1927. The McKinnon's engine was given as payment. Aloysius McNalley and John Broomquist collected it. The same year, Arthur Edwards assisted in the building of the Merrill & Ring camp at Edith Lake.

In 1929, Merrill and Ring moved their operation across the Mamquam valley to Edith Lake east of Alice Lake. A settlement of 225 men was set up there. Railway track covered the mountainside from Cheekye River southward.

Merrill and Ring closed in 1930 due to the low price of logs during the Depression. Logs were selling from 5 to 6 dollars per thousand. At this time, the logs were hauled by train to the dump at the mouth of the Stawamus River. Merill and Ring started back up in 1932.

Merrill and Ring shut down 3 times in 1937: after New Years due to snow, due to fire season, and in the fall when a bridge over the Cheekye River was washed out. Merrill and Ring left Squamish in 1940.

Squamish Advance: Thursday, February 21, 1952

LOCAL SERVICE FOR LATE KING

LOCAL GIRLS ATTEND CGIT CONVENTION

CCF CLUB IS FORMED HERE

TRAIN SERVICE BACK ON SCHEDULE

PLANS START ON SQUAMISH ROAD

BE THERE!
LEGION BUILDING SHOWING PROGRESS

BRACKENDALE

SOMETHING NEW

HELICOPTER PILOTS TO TRAIN HERE

LOCAL AND PERSONAL

DONALD MANSON
[PHOTO]
DIRECTOR OF THE CBC

PTA PLANS COUNTRY FAIR

A SKIER'S PARADISE
[PHOTO]

HOSPITAL READY IN EARLY APRIL

COFFEE SHOP WILL RE-OPEN

ANOTHER LOGGING SHOW OPENED

JAMES NESBITT
[PHOTO]
PARLIAMENTARY REPORTER

CLASSIFIED ADS

COMMUNICATIONS

GOVERNOR-GENERAL

PARLIAMENT OPENS

REID FORSEE
[PHOTO]

AROUND TOWN

Squamish Advance

Squamish Advance: Thursday, March 13, 1952

LOGGING NOW IN FULL SWING HERE

BASKETBALL GAMES WON BY LOCAL TEAMS

TRADE BOARD DISCUSSES SITE OF NEW DYKE

HOSPITAL BOARD CHOSEN HERE

FALLER INJURED IN LOGGING ACCIDENT

PROGRAM DIRECTOR
[PHOTO]

HOSPITAL TO PROFIT FROM STORE'S SALES

LOCAL AND PERSONAL

SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 48 (HOWE SOUND)
BALANCE SHEET
AS AT DECEMBER 31, 1981

CHALET PREPARES FOR EASTER SEASON

[PHOTO]
THE DIAMOND HEAD SNOWMOBILE

BRACKENDALE

THE CRADLE

LOGGING COMPANY BUYS NEW MACHINE

PUBLIC NOTICE

INSTITUTE PLANS TO COLLECT WOOLENS

IN MEMORIAM

BADMINTON NOTES

CLASSIFIED ADS

MEN WANTED

1 WORKING FOREMAN
2 LABORERS

[PHOTO]
SOLWAY QUARTET - HEARD OVER THE CBC

BEARD GROWING CONTEST NOW OPEN

ROAD AND GUN CLUB IN ANNUAL MEETING

FIRST BABY WILL RECEIVE MANY GIFTS

Squamish Advance

Squamish Advance: Thursday, March 6, 1952

3 MILLION ALLOTTED FOR NEW ROAD

AROUND TOWN

ST. PATRICK'S DANCE BIG EVENT

BRACKENDALE

PGE GOES FULL STEAM AHEAD

STOCKS NEW PRODUCT

ADDRESSES CCF MEETING HERE

OLD TIMER PASSES

LOCAL AND PERSONAL

SOBOTKA --- SMITH

HEROES SAVED

GOODS ALREADY BEING COLLECTED FOR SALE

PGE ADOPTING NEW OPERATING CODE

SQUAMISH CREDIT UNION
ANNUAL MEETING
FRIDAY, MARCH 14-'52
PARISH HALL, SQUAMISH
AT 8 P.M. SHARP

CONGREGATION BEARS BUILDING REPORT

CHECK THAT DATE

ATTENDS RE-UNION

JIMMIE SHIELDS
[PHOTO]

Squamish Advance

Squamish Advance: Thursday, February 14, 1952

MILD WEATHER SPEEDS LOGGING

BOARD OF TRADE HOLDS SESSION

LOCAL HOLIDAY
KING'S FUNERAL THIS FRIDAY

SAVE ALL ARTICLES
DISCARDED ARTICLES MAY BE USEFUL

JOAN MAXWELL
[PHOTO]

SQUAMISH EDGED BY WOODFIBRE BASKETEERS

INSTITUTE ACTIVE

LEGION TO HOLD MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR LATE KING

W.A. TO HANDLE CANCER CAMPAIGN

PLANS MADE FOR KLONDIKE NIGHT

LOCAL AND PERSONAL

BRACKENDALE

WET WEATHER CLEARS SNOW HERE

ROCK SLIDES DELAY PASSENGER TRAINS

LUCILLE DUMONT
[PHOTO]

IN MEMORIAM

CLASSIFIED ADS

FINED FOR TRESSPASS ON INDIAN RESERVE

CANADA SHOWS POPULATION GAIN

LICENCES EXPIRE

WILL HOLD FIRST AID CLASSES HERE

DIES SUDDENLY

FORMER PUBLISHER VISITS SQUAMISH

RETURN TO CITY

MOVE TO NEW HOME

Squamish Advance

Squamish Advance: Thursday, January 31, 1952

FAMOUS SKI SLOPES IN GARBALDI PARK
[PHOTO]

HOSPITAL READY TO OPEN IN EARLY APRIL

BEEF PRICES DROP

LEARNING BASIC STEPS OF SKIING

DIAMOND HEAD MAKES BIG MAG

RADIO SHOP HOLDS ANNUAL SALE

SEAL SALE WELL OVER THE TOP

BRACKENDALE

LOGGING LAGGING

LOCAL AND PERSONAL

WHAT NEXT?

BISHOP CONDUCTS ANGLICAN SERVICE

SCHOOL BROADCASTS --- A CBC FEATURE
[PHOTO]

THE SUNSHINE SOCIETY
[PHOTO]

LOCAL ROADS IN BAD SHAPE

TENDERS FOR DREDGING

OTHELLO
[PHOTO]

DREDGING TENDERS CALLED

THE WESTERN FIVE - HEARD OVER THE CBC
[PHOTO]

Squamish Advance

Lamb's Logging - Lefurgy Ltd

Lamb's logging - Lefurgy Ltd (Garibaldi & Logging Camp, Brackendale).

Research compiled by Eric Andersen, 2011: Lamb Bros. Logging camp ca 1912, on present site of Garibaldi Cemetery. The Company ran a rail car loading operation similar to that of Squamish Timber Co. two miles to the north. The Cheekye log flume crossed this camp site, later occupied by a Japanese logging company.

Lamb's logging camp

Lamb's logging camp. Now present day cemetery.

Research compiled by Eric Andersen, 2011: Lamb Bros. Logging camp ca 1912, on present site of Garibaldi Cemetery. The Company ran a rail car loading operation similar to that of Squamish Timber Co. two miles to the north. The Cheekye log flume crossed this camp site, later occupied by a Japanese logging company.