Taylor Brothers Logging-Left to Right
1.) unidentified man
2.) Earl Taylor, owner
3.) Burleigh Standish
4.) Walter Taylor, owner & fireman
5.) Lee Standish, engineer
Albums: Lombard Haulers of Taylor Bros Logging
Location: Somerset County, Maine, USA
I grew up in Skowhegan, down the Kennebec from Bingham. My Dad "went in the woods" as a cookee or assistant cook when he was about 14, prob abt 1915. He used to tell stories of the Lombards and what tremendous loads they could haul. He said the drawback was they needed a good sled road and of course, water and fuel. I remember hiking from Baker Siding, on the south side of Lake Moxie into Baker Pond on a long since abandoned log hauler road around 1950.
He said the Lombard traction Company was in Waterville (18 miles south of Skowhegan) and sued the British government for infringmen of the "caterpillar tread" when the Brits came out with their tanks in WWI. Nothing came of the suit.
I have fond memories of the Bingham area. Driving across the old railroad bed that went from Bingham to Rockwood(at least from the north end of Lake Moxie to Rockwood) A portion of that road was flooded when the Indian Pond Dam was built. Year? Also driving over the high trestle over Gulf(?) stream before it was bypassed. Used to drive over that to fish Austin Brook. A haven for black flies in the daytime and mosquitoes at night. Trout, a can or 2 of beans, bacon and bread were all you needed. This must be one of the early Lombards which is manually steered. I understand the later ones had a mechanical mechanism. Also much later they were powered by a gasoline engine.
Memories also include eating at Thompson's restaurant in Bingham and fishing in the Kennebec between Caratumk and The Forks. Great area to grow up in.
Ivan great photo love it I see you got no responses. Well I enjoyed it.
Thanks for sharing Jean Bagley
Sheila put them on maybe you will find family
OOPS I just realized Ivan commented on your photo. This getting old stuff stinks 62 and counting
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