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nr nrasKMBK ; s,s , ttf i " ( ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH THURSDAY, JULY 10,1958 ALTUN JKiVKINlWU 'l&LtKXJiKAt'n. ^.1.1___IIL—Z »»»*»*»»»»*» »lroT*»» ****************************** *»lMl*»*e>e>*»*££*f • *w»r«r»r<pr«r«r*r«r.'-r w. «r AiMTMT MUM M TUC mUfTUH BSMOfMtrif MUM CMB lUMt.kJUMt , ••PJT7 » FIIOTIR Legion Post At Bethalto BETMALtO-Curt Wageft was «1«<>ted commander of the Bethalto American Legion at meeting Tuesday night in the Legion Bam. Other officers elected were Herb Behrens, first vice president; James Fit/geralfl. second vice president; Jake Hagen, treasurer; and Bud Schmidt, sergeant at arms. At the business meeting I discussion was held on the Bethalto Homecoming. The Legion- aires will meet with Bethalto firemen to discuss final home coming plans on July 22 at 7 p m. in the fire house. The Legion Auxiliary also met Tuesday night at the barn. Members made plans for a "Disabled Veterans Craft and Country Store" stand which will be featured at the homecoming. President Violet Neunaber announced that «h« will represent the Auxiliary at the state convention ki Chicago from July 31 through Aug. 3. < To Wart Can BETHALTO — A car wash will be staged Saturday at 9 a m. by the Bethalto Rainbow Girls at the Bethalto Shell Sta tion a block west from Spencer on Rt. 140. Noble Hubbs., A 'Catskinner? Here On Visit Noble Hubbs, 42, former Alton- Ian now visiting here from Eureka, Calif., makes a living in terms thai night baffle a midwesterner. He is a "catskinner," "donkey puncher," "rigger," "choker setter," and "whistle punk.'' All this has to do with the log ging industry in the giant Redwood country. Hubbs left Alton in '37 and was in the logging business until '41 when he started a more than three- year hitch in the Navy. He returned to logging after discharge. He is visiting his brother, Joe Hubbs, of Moro. He exhibited views of large carts hauling huge sections of cut Redwood trunks. The trees grow 300 •feet high and range from eight feet to 20 feet in diameter. The trunks are cut into 50-foot sections that weigh approximately eight pounds to the foot. An endless-bar power saw is used to conquer the trees. With tins tool the logger can cut halt- way through one side and then start from the other side. In other words, if you have a 14-foot trunk to' sever, you can use a seven-foot bar saw. Hubbs as present is unemployed and intends to work here during the summer, he saty He is a member of Local 302 Hoisting Engineers and of the Teamsters t Chauffeurs' union. In telling some of the highlights of hit job, Hubbs said the Redwood country that extends from Ukiah, Calif., to Crescent City, Calif., ifi infested with rattlesnakes. When approaching a tree to cut it, the custom is to clean out noisely around it to flush any rattlers that might be lurking there. Equipment used by the logger*, he reports, "... is something out of this world." The cut logs are usually hauled on trucks and the weight maximum for highway operation of truck and trailer is 72,000 pounds. In order to haul some tree sections of the larger diameter, the logger must split a trunk section that is only (say) 20 feet long into smaller sections, for many 20-foot sections would exceed the load limit. Redwood lumber is used for flooring, siding, roofing, home interiors, grape stakes (California industry), laths, pickets, picture frames, furniture, and myriad other things. Out of the bark, "presto logs" are made. The bark is also used in making insulation for houses. On some trees in the northern section, the bark is more than a foot thick, Hubbs reported. Rope is also a product from the bark. Some of the Redwoods, he said, are more than 1,000 years old. Even after the wood had been made into lumber, it has an enduring life span, which Hubbs estimated at ISO years. Read Telegraph Want Ads. 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