Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on June 27, 1993 · Page 3
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-THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL- SUNDAY, JUNE 27, 1993 — A-3 Town of Glen Blair once thrived on the banks of Pudding Creek By CHRIS CALDER for Th« Journal The town of Glen Blair was named in 1885, when Capt. Samuel Blair bought land in a forested ravine about three miles east of Fort Bragg, and built what was to become a busy logging town for more than 40 years. The year before the Olen Blair woods closed in 1928, more than 200 people lived in cottages and houses along the banks of Pudding Creek. Into the 1920s, the train ran between Fort Bragg and Glen Blair just about every day. It was a 30-minute ride from the coast to what people then called "the Glen." In 1914, the fare was 10 cents and the train left Fort Bragg with supplies and people at 6 ajn. It returned promptly at 8:15 the same morning, loaded with lumber. Men whose families lived in Fort Bragg worked out of Glen Blair six 12-hour days a week. For the people who lived there full time, there was a general store—and briefly, a saloon — a social hall where movies were shown on a weeknight, and a few large houses with gardens renowned for their apple trees and roses. Coming into Glen Blair on the train in the early years of this century, passengers saw five cottages lined up above the creek to the north. Next came a one-room schoolhouse, painted white, one more cottage, then a high-roofed warehouse on the south, which the people who lived there called "the apple house." After he bought the land in 1885, Blair — who had for years captained sailing ships up and down the West Coast — hired John Barrett, builder of many early sawmills in the region, to construct the Glen Blair operation. It was one of the most modern small sawmills of its time. The mill project was managed by Alex MacCallum, who historian Denise Stenberg said became involved in many aspects of Glen Blair's community life, as he had been previously in the young town of Mendocino. Pudding Creek was dammed on the mill's west side to make a log pond, with a flume to carry the overflow back into the creek bed. The creek itself was contained with high wooden walls and spanned by a conveyor belt that carried the waste wood to a slash pile on the west side. One large steam engine and a series of belts drove the entire mill. In 1993 Stenberg writes, "some of the timbers used to enclose the stream survive in the creek, and you can see them when the water is clear or low." The sawmill at Glen Blair ran off and on from 1885 until 1925. It shut down during a world Depression in 1893 and for about five years before it was sold by the Blair family in 1903. That year, some years after Capt. Blair died, Allen Curtis, C.R. Johnson and John Sinclair bought the operation. Johnson was a principal in the Union Lumber Company, while Curtis and Sinclair are said to have brought funds from a recent involvement with a lumber company in Scotia. The same year, 1903, the old store and saloon burned to the ground. The fire was attributed to a Based on writing and research by Denise Stenberg. The photo above shows the MacCallum-Sinclalr home In Glen Blair. The photograph was taken between 1924 and 1928 from across the log pond. Courtesy of the Gildersleevefam- ify. At left, a postcard of the town and mill at Glen Blair, taken about 1911. Post card courtesy of Denise Stenberg. experience of the cycle of a logging town's life: "By 1993 the road on the east side (of the town site) had been abandoned and nature had won. It is hard to find a sign that there ever was a mill here, but there are a few ... I hope you remember how nature renews herself, after seeing Glenblair over the century since it was first logged." trash burn pile that got out of control. Glen Blair's new owners had the mill rebuilt, set up a post office, and built several more cottages for families. By 1911, the social hall and a small library lent variety to the lives of those residing in the Glen. For years, people worked, raised their families, and called Glen Blair home. Then, in 1925, the sawmill stopped for good. Glen Blair remained a logging camp for three years after, sending logs to the Union Lumber Company mill in Fort Bragg. In 1942, the railroad tracks were torn up and replaced with a logging road, though in 1950, Glen Blair could still be found on road maps. Life in Glen Blair camp was about work, hard and dangerous: "Woods and mill accidents were a common occurrence," Stenberg writes. Just two months after start- ing there was a fatal accident hi the mill. If the man did not belong to a lodge that had a burial plan, someone took up a collection from the other men to pay for burial in Fort Bragg." Accommodations were rough and workers sometimes complained about the food, according to John Ross, who ran the store from 1886 to 1893 and managed Glen Blair's business affairs for several years while the MacCal- lums lived in San Francisco. Stenberg said Ross* memoirs, called "A Pioneer Lumberman's Story," are the best source of information she knows about early life in Glen Blair. The store Ross ran was the social gathering place for single men. And for a little while in the town's earliest days, a saloon was tried. 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