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

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Comment by ivan oak on November 11, 2013 at 3:45pm

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.  

 

  

 

 

Comment by Jean Marie Bagley on March 4, 2014 at 11:22am

Ivan   great photo   love it   I see you got no responses.  Well I enjoyed it.  

  Thanks for sharing    Jean Bagley 

Comment by Sheila Thurston on March 4, 2014 at 11:36am
I never got notified of your comments....very interesting to read since I grew up in Michigan! Black flies are why I make my trips to Maine in the fall.....
Walter Taylor in the picture is my great-grandfather and my Uncle Earl were quite well known, I understand, in the Bingham area. I have other pictures I could post if anyone would be interested. Several more of the Lombard and of their house at the edge of town and of the Taylor store they owned in town. I love Maine and my very deep roots in the State....
Comment by Jean Marie Bagley on March 4, 2014 at 11:41am

Sheila put them on maybe you will find family 

Jean

Comment by Jean Marie Bagley on March 4, 2014 at 11:42am

OOPS I just realized Ivan commented on your photo.  This getting old stuff stinks   62 and counting 

Comment by Sheila Thurston on March 4, 2014 at 12:56pm
No, Jean...you are fine, I just wrote that today and had forgotten that I had already posted tons of my pictures! This is the only one that has ever had a comment....but that's ok. Thanks Jean

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