The arrow points to J.E. Binns, working at a sawmill at Parkertown circa 1890. Parkertown is described as being near Green Point. I understand Green Point is where the Kingsley Reservoir is now located.
Someone has drawn in some detail of the steam driven apparatus in pencil.
I wonder how many guys it took feeding slab wood into that boiler to keep her steaming and powering the mill.....great picture of an era where NOTHING was easy. Even with the open roof, I'll bet that was one hot room.
Arlen Sheldrake on 18th July 2012 @ 7:49am
A group of hard working men to be sure. Notice the young man standing on the far right. I am always amazed at the multi-generational impact of seeing these early images.
Connie on 18th July 2012 @ 7:59am
Pine Grove Grade School in my time had a slab wood furnace. One year my grandfather did the janitorial work at the school and I was privileged to get to go down in the furnace room with him. I don't know whether it was one furnace with two doors or two furnaces, but especially when it was winter, snow and dropped temperatures he was always loading up that furnace to keep that big school warm for everyone.
Charlott on 19th July 2012 @ 7:45am
I have been to Parkertown several times. It overlooks I-84 just east of Mitchell Point.
Robert Duddles on 17th December 2017 @ 2:06pm
The 1911 county map identifies Parkertown at the intersection of Riordan Hill Road and Binns Hill Road. This is where the Binns Hill Staging area of the county trail system is located.
Arthur on 17th December 2017 @ 4:45pm