The Moabites were forbidden to be members of the Congregation of God because they refused to give water and food to the 600,000 people that Moses brought out of captivity. What were the Moabites supposed to eat – after being so generous? This is the Big Thanks Giving that was not, and, there was a severe punishment! Did my 9th, grandfather, John Wilson, understand that when the Native Americans offered the Puritan Pilgrims food, and, show them where to find potable water, that they were doing what the Moabites should have done? Is this why he chose to convert them – after he and John Eliot learned their language. Moses’ Multitude was dining on MANNA! There is a contradiction here. Did the Moabites help themselves to some Mana?
Then there is that strange prohibition about Moses using his staff to plumb for water. Or, was that Aaron’s staff? Some MORTAL HUMAN is doing some big time editing and altering. Screwing around with 600,000 folks need for water – is pivotal. Turn left at Moab! Did Moses invade the land of the Moabites – and take what he need? Or, is he a Moabite Prophet heading for the Promised Land with a liberating army behind him.
A couple of weeks after meeting Casey Farrell, we have conducted our first Down-load and Wrap-up. We spent months down in the University of California Library down-loading a cord of free print a day – while surrounded by gorgeous co-eds on the computers. We were like Plato and Aristotle. These Dorm Dolls loved us. They thought we were professors. They smiled at us just incase they ended up in our class.
Then, we would head to my quad and throw our giant wads of paper on my large table. Casey had me look at the Celtic-Scythian migrations who I suggested might be the Philistine Sea People. Scholars were just concluding the Exodus was a myth. What I was looking at, is, the invasion of Canaan land by the Moabites who had become allied with ten tribes from outside of Judea. The Tribe of Judah and the Moabites worshipped Chemosh and not YHWH. David descends from Ruth the Moabite, and thus her husband, Boaz, might have adopted his wives religion.
Several years ago I called for a colony of folks from the Emerald Valley to go on a New Exodus and colonize a land on the coast of Marine. I was going to author a proposal to the Buck Foundation. But, I opted out to march my Nazarite Warriors to the White Monolith For White People – only! Bare-breasted Whites take part in the Zulu celebrations in South Africa. Sephardic Jews found a home in Amsterdam. Henry Brevoort may have been a Sephardic Jew who founded Harlem. He may be the ancestor of Robert Brevoort Buck, who destroyed the Rosamond family legacy, who may have been given land in South Carolina by the Jews of Portugal. My DNA test revealed no Jewish blood. I descend from James Rosamond who fought alongside his brother and the Swamp Fox. An Admiral concerned about the Trump loyalists just installed in the Pentagon. I told you so in my book ‘The Royal Janitor’.
Mr. Farrell and I conducted scholarly pursuits together. Oh sure, the Moabite Women sent Sirens to get us off our course. But, we didn’t have money to pay for their women of ill repute! Were these Midianites temptresses part of the White Goddess cosmology?
.”According to him, alongside the Moabite population there was also a nomadic Midianite population. From amongst these populations within the kingdom of Sihon, maidens went out and enticed the Israelites to join in their cultic practices.”
The great contribution that Casey Farrell gave unto me, is this;
“No one really dies in the Bible!”
I applied this to the alleged war against King Saul and King David. There is no history for David. However, it is possible the Maids of the Tribe of Benjamin enticed the gleaners of Judah to marry them, and not the other way around. Evangelic leaders enticing our President with the crown of King David, that was supplied by Samuel the Nazarite, may prove hugely dangerous. Trump’s got the nuclear football.
John The Zulu Nazarite Prophet’.
“Because they did not meet you with food and water”
By Adi Blecher*
The sweeping prohibition against marrying an Ammonite or Moabite, “No Ammonite or Moabite shall be admitted into the congregation of the Lord; none of their descendants, even in the tenth generation, shall ever be admitted into the congregation of the Lord” (Deut. 23:4) is given two reasons in Parashat Ki Tetze (Deut. 23:5):
Because they did not meet you with food and water on your journey after you left Egypt, and because they hired Balaam son of Beor, from Pethor of Aram-naharaim, to curse you.
The second reason is clearly understood, for an entire weekly reading of the Torah is devoted to the unsuccessful attempt of Balak, King of Moab, to curse the Israelites by employing the services of Balaam the diviner (Numbers, chapters 22-24). The first reason, in contrast, is obscure and hard to understand, and has been challenged by exegetes in various ways:
- Contradictions in the text: Some commentators point out a contradiction between what is implied by the verse at hand regarding Ammon and Moab not providing the Israelites food and water in the wilderness, and what Moses attests in his speech when he says that the Moabites, like the Edomites, sold food and water to the Israelites (Deut. 2:28-29).
Three ways of resolving this difficulty have been proposed: 1. Only the Ammonites sold food and water to the Israelites. 2. One should distinguish between supplying food and water for free as a brotherly act—something that the Ammonites and Moabites were accused of failing to do—and commerce in food and water on an economic basis, such as existed between the Moabites and Israelites. 3. In his speech, Moses was speaking only of a small number of Moabites who lived in Ar.
- Substantive difficulties: Some wonder what need the Israelites had of food, for according to the account of their wanderings in the wilderness, they received manna on a regular basis. It should be noted that from the day the manna began, the Israelites did not complain about a lack of food. Therefore some people interpret that the event to which this explanation alludes at must have taken place at the beginning of the exodus, before the manna was given. Such an interpretation, however, ignores the fact that during this period the Israelites were nowhere near the lands of Ammon and Moab, so the question naturally arises: what room was there for making demands of these nations?
- Moral difficulties: Some people have wondered about the moral criteria underlying this rule of halakhah: Does refraining from an extreme act of grace—such as providing food to an entire nation, which can only be accomplished with great effort if it is not to harm one’s own people—does that justify such total lack of acceptance in the “community of Israel”? This question is intensified when this sweeping prohibition is compared with the relatively light restrictions against other the people of other nations, such as Edomites or Egyptians.
Cohen-Zvi, for example, sees this explanation as “strange” (p. 175):
It does not stand to reason that the Ammonites should have been so severely ostracized for a sin which amounted to no more than not meeting the Israelites with food and water, when the Edomites met the Israelites with the sword (Num. 20:14-21) and would not let them cross their territory; but nevertheless the attitude towards them is inestimably better than the attitude towards the Ammonites (Deut. 23:8).
Perhaps a new interpretation of the text, based on a better understanding of the political situation in which the Israelites found themselves at the time of the conquest of Sihon’s territory, can clear away the difficulties mentioned above.
Some commentators on Numbers view the poem in Numbers 21:27-30 as rare external evidence in Scripture, coming from an ancient source and attesting to the results of Sihon’s war against Moab. According to this poem, at some time prior to the Israelite victory over Sihon, the Moabites lost control of part of their land as a result of its conquest by Sihon, king of the Amorites.
It turns out that at the end of this war the conquered land was not emptied of all its Moabite inhabitants. The poem pokes fun at Chemosh, the god of the Moabites, who had abandoned his faithful followers, “His sons are rendered fugitive and his daughters captive by an Amorite king, Sihon” (Num. 21:29). According to what this poem says, there were both Moabite war refugees who fled for their lives from the dreaded conqueror, as well as captives who were living under the domination of Sihon.
That portion of the Moabite population which had not fled presumably remained in the land and accepted the domination of Sihon’s regime. The Israelites’ battle to conquer Sihon’s kingdom transpired in a region where the population was mixed and included Amorites, Moabites and Ammonites. In conquering Sihon’s land, the Israelites apparently directed their fighting at routing the Amorites and kicking them out of the land, but refrained from harming the other nations who lived in that territory.
Given this political setting, we surmise that Scriptures allude to a situation where the Israelite forces, fighting the Amorite army, needed to be supplied food and water by the Moabites and Ammonites living in Sihon’s land. According to our hypothesis, it was not an entire nation, weary and worn from wandering in the wilderness, whom the Moabites and Ammonites were asked to assist by transporting food and water for them across the border of their land. Rather, the food and water were intended for the Israelite troopers who had invaded Sihon’s land and had come close to population centers of Moabites and Ammonites but not harmed them. Finding themselves far from the Israelite encampment and the manna that came down there, the Israelite forces needed to find food where they were. In their hardship, they turned to these two peoples who, on account of their blood relationship with Abraham, had been spared attack by Israel. Their request, however, was denied.
This wartime situation is reminiscent of the story about Gideon in the book of Judges. Gideon, who had been pursuing the two kings of Midian into territory east of the Jordan River, turned to the two cities on his route, Succoth and Penuel, entreating them: “Please give some loaves of bread to the men who are following me, for they are famished, and I am pursuing Zebah and Zalmunna” (Judges 8:5); but they refused. There, too, the refusal of the two towns to help and provide food made Gideon and his warriors furious.
We find that the two explanations given in Deuteronomy 23:5 reflect the problematic nature of the way the Ammonites and Moabites behaved at that time, when the Israelites had completed their conquest of Sihon’s land. The Ammonite and Moabite populations living within the borders of Sihon’s kingdom were accused of refusing to aid the Israelite troops and of repaying good with evil. The Moabite population within the kingdom of Moab is also accused of attempting to harm the Israelites by means of Balaam’s curse.
Translated by Rachel RowenFor more on Parashat Kit Titze
* Dr. Adi Blecher is lecturer in Bible at Ashkelon College and Hemdat ha-Darom College. Originally published in Hebrew in 2015. This translation has not been reviewed by the author.
 This contradiction is dealt with by Nahmanides, in his commentary on the verse at hand, and by Ibn Ezra and Rashbam, in their commentaries on Deut. 2:29.
 Ramban (note 1, above); A. B. Ehrlich, Mikra Ki-Feshuto, Vol. 1: Torah, New York 1969, p. 352.
 Y. Elitzur, Makom Ba-Farashah, Tel Aviv 2014, p. 327.
 Rashbam (note 1, above).
 Some commentators point to the phrase, “after you left Egypt” (Deut. 23:5), as indicating that the event to which the text alludes to took place at an early time. See A. Mirski, Deuteronomy (Da`at Mikra), Jerusalem 2002, p. 332.
 B. Oded wonders in like manner about expecting the Ammonites to provide the Israelites food and water when the latter’s journey did not take them through Ammonite territory. See B. Oded, “Ammon,” Encyclopedia Mikra’it VI (1981), cols. 269-270.
 This also appears to have been what Rabbi Ephraim Luntschitz had in mind when he said quite logically in his commentary, Kli Yakar, “It also does not stand to reason that two nations be excluded for not coming to meet them with food.”
 D. Cohen-Zvi, in Deuteronomy (Olam ha-Tanakh), Tel Aviv, p. 175.
 On Moabite population continuing to reside on “the plains of Moab,” within the borders of Sihon’s kingdom that had been conquered from Moab, see Y. Milgrom, Numbers (Olam ha-Tanakh), Tel Aviv 2007, p. 153. According to him, alongside the Moabite population there was also a nomadic Midianite population. From amongst these populations within the kingdom of Sihon, maidens went out and enticed the Israelites to join in their cultic practices.
 Moses, in his oration, describes the victory over Sihon in the following words: “And the Lord our G‑d delivered him to us and we defeated him and his sons and all his people” (Deut. 2:33). The description of the conquest of Jazer, in Numbers, also stresses that they “dispossessed the Amorites who were there” (Num. 21:32).
 The relationship between the refusal of Ammon and Moab and that of Succoth and Penuel to provide food has been discussed by Rachel Reich, Va-Yokhlu va-Yishtu, (Jerusalem: Hamamah Sifrutit, 2013), p. 192, however she does not discuss the similarity in circumstances of the request for food, on which I have focused.
Follow me! To the New Woods Nation!
I suggest Glenwood be changed to New Wendling. Give us this, for starters, or, we will take the whole State of Oregon – and California, too! The Republican Party, co-founded by my kindred, John Fremont, fell into the wrong hands – and is dead!
We the People want to conduct our own Social Experiments. Don’t let Penny Knight have all the fun. Let her do another kitchen remodel.
Why all this BRAIN POWER? What good is it? This BUCK BUNCH didn’t keep Von Trump out of the White House, and, never considered doing so, because………….? Are they Republicans? What an exotic group of peacocks, who are all about preseriving the Republican Clique, the old Money Guard. They have been gathered together on Peacock Island where the strut about showing off their BIG BRAINS. What are they good for? Their Grand Peacock In Chief has laid a rotten egg about bloody bullets, and Pershing. Of course they pretend not to notice, lest someone ask for their opinion. They go into a Huddle of Smartness, instead.
The New Nation of Fromond will be born the day after Trump is inaugurated. I suggest we have a massive celebration in San Francisco celebrating the transfer of all America’s Creative Spirit over the The People of Fromond. Frodomond is a alternative spelling. Let us create a collective legacy that will be passed down for generations to come. The Counter Culture may not have suitable Heirs.
The Fromondese will be as Green as can be. More details are coming. Study the plans for Cascadia. John Fremont founded the West. I have read his French surname is derived from Fromond. He was the first Presidential candidate for the Republican Party he co-founded. We will take away Trumps permission to use our founding father’s name. Indeed, we will pass around a petition demanding the Trumpites leave our sacred Abolitionist Party. We will broadcast a Declaration of Emancipation across this Democratic Land, the very moment Tricky Trump places his hand on the Bible. The next day, women will march on Washington. We will reform the Jessie Scouts and make sure centers that cater to the needs of women are a safe place.
I implore you take me seriously. I am a wealth of Historic Permission, that will trump the vile permission you have already heard spewing forth from the Trumpster.
Designer of Fromond
Tens of thousands of people say they are participating in a “Women’s March on Washington” the day after President-elect Donald Trump is inaugurated.
The event, which is publicized on Facebook and scheduled for January 21, has garnered national attention and is titled the “Women’s March on Washington.” Previously, it was called the “Million Women March on D.C.”
Grade SchoolThis picture was taken in 1946.The people that lived in the company houses had to leave when the mill shut down in 1946.
In 1952 when the school closed, there were 8 kids in the school.
Look at the bright and beautiful faces these children own. They should own a tract of beautiful land in the Oregon Wilderness, but, Frank H. Buck robbed them of their father’s dream. Now he owes his soul to the Buck Company store. He will never get out of debt. After the land is raped and ravaged, and the Buck family can no longer make Big Bucks, Frank closes his capitalist adventure – down! There are no jobs. The city of Wendling – dies! This is what John Steinbeck, and Ken Kesey, wrote about. They championed these poor folks.
I just sent this e-mail to my Congressman, Peter DeFazio, wherein I suggest the founding of the New City of Wendling that was rendered a ghost town by Big Timber Barons. New Wendling will be located in Marin County. It will be home to homeless, poets, artists, writers, and performers who have made their way to Lane County in search of a New Life.
Big Bucks moved to a swank new building in San Francisco. He was a Senator and a Congressman. Did he have inside information on when and where the rails were being laid? Did his agents go north to Whore Town located across the river from Eugene and pay drunks to buy the land grants so The Good People can not follow the dream of my kindred, John Fremont, and own a homestead – from God? The Bucks raided Oregon from California, and snatched those parcels of land away from The Salt of the Earth! He took the trees away from the children, converted it into Cold Hard Cash, and hen dealt gobs of money out to his kinfolks in California.
There needs to be a Congressional investigation into Booth & Kelly stock. How much does Robert Buck know? What is he hiding? I think Beryl overheard The Men bragging and laughing at the sight of poor folks who came from all over America, for some Oregon, only to find dunks and gamblers – got it all – then sold it to Frank H. Buck, who puffs away on a cigar. Women do not own the right to vote, yet!
On July 14, I had a vision of a West Coast Statue of Liberty. A Dirty Dealer for the Billionaire in Chief, insulted the Great Gift of France. I see OCCUPY LIBERTY. This is the real Tea Party. We need to identify other land and property in all Fifty States, that has received the Big Buck treatment. Time to take back America!
New Wendling can be bought for thirteen million dollars. I will not show that listing lest the Land Grabbers and Heartbreakers buy it from under us – out of spite! The Marin Community Foundation should purchase it for The Oregon Poor, because they do not have enough poor folks to hand 1.7 billion dollars to. Problem solved. Get ready for the New Exodus!
President: Royal Rosamond Press
‘The Moses of Oregon’
He continued, about the Statue of Liberty: “I don’t want to get off into a whole thing about history , but the Statue of Liberty is a symbol of American liberty lighting the world. The poem you are referring to was added later. It is not actually part of the original Statue of Liberty.”
The Buck and Rosamond family have come together. I would like to see a Statue of Huguenot Harmony standing at the entrance to the Larkspur Landing, where I envisioned a New Atlantis in 1986. How about Sea Cadet training center for poor young men and women? The Huguenot Society and Genealogy center can move to Marin. We live forever via our children and their children.
“This article is a condensation of a paper written for a U of 0 class. The author, Joan Kelley, is not related to Robert A. Kelly Her name is spelled with an additional E.
Oregon’s lumber industry was stimulated in the late nineteenth century by the nation’s expanding economy and the presence of the western railroad. Timber barons and land speculators descended upon the region as well as the entire Pacific Northwest to acquire forest lands and establish lumber companies to extract the great natural resource.
Western Oregon’s inland forests became accessible in the era of railroading. These woodlands were generally purchased from the railroads. The Oregon and California Railroad, later purchased by Southern Pacific, obtained title to immense tracts of land to help finance construction of the railways and to supposedly help the Jeffersonian Lane County Historian 55
farmer acquire land. These generous land grants were instead sold to timber speculators rather than the settlers as the government intended. The lands were often purchased by out-of-state corporations with Eastern or California capital. Within Lane County, th
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Frank H. Buck was president of Booth & Kelly when this timber company went into bars in Oregon and gave money to men in order to purchase land grants offered by the government when railroads came to our glorious State. These drifters, then turned around and sold them to agents of Booth & Kelly who began to harvest our trees. They then began to harvest human beings. They planted roots for them. They built a church, a school, and a company store in Wendling that is now a ghost town. After a labor strike in 1946, Frank H. Buck pulled out of Oregon, taking big bucks with him. He did not give the land back to his workers. When he died, he left it to his kindred. One of them was Leonard Buck, whose widow left Belridge stock to the Buck Foundation that is worth 1.7 billion dollars thanks to Buck oil wells that are pumping oil like crazy. Back in Welding, our Oregon trees are depleted. There are no jobs for the children and grandchildren of B&K loggers. Instead of single families owning farms along the rail line, a handful of Bucks ended up with our State Treasure. I suggest the people sue the Buck Trust, and bring our monies home to Lane County. I also found a beautiful property in Marin County that would be an ideal for The New Wendling Colony, where our tired, pour, and disenfranchised, might homestead. “Special to the Union. FAIRFIELD, Solano Co.. March 4. The inventory and appraisement in the estate of the late Anna S. Buck of Vacaville has been filed by Inheritance Tax Appraiser F. C. Mclnnis showing a total appraisement of $940,046.02, of this $36,892 being the value of realty, and over $803,000 be- ‘ ing the personal property. The personal property consists mainly of stocks and bonds, including $228,511.73 in Associated Oil stock, $193,658 in Belridge oil stock and $lOO,OOO in the Booth Kelly Lumber company. Mrs. Buck also owned other oil stock and over $30,000 in Liberty bonds. The largest share of the estate as bequeathed by the will, goes to two sons, Leonard Buck and Frank Buck of Oakland.
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“I give, devise and bequeath the entire residue of my estate to the San Francisco Foundation for the exclusively nonprofit, charitable, religious or educational uses and purposes below stated: . . . Everything so left to it including all rents, issues and profits thereof shall be known and administered as the Leonard and Beryl Buck Foundation, and shall always be held and used for exclusively nonprofit, charitable, religious or educational purposes in providing care for the needy in Marin County, Calif., and for other nonprofit charitable, religious or educational purposes in that county.”
Booth-Kelly Company Ghost Town – Wendling Oregon
Name: Wendling Oregon
GPS:Latitude: 44.1904044, Longitude: -122.7984142
Directions: From Portland, drive south on I-5. Take Highway Exit 216 to OR-228, turn left towards Brownsville. At eleven miles, just past Crawfordsville (you’ll see the Crawfordsville Covered Bridge on right,) take a right on Brush Creek Road. After six miles the road becomes Marcola Rd and goes through the Mohawk Valley. Six miles further take a left on to Paschekle Road. Go through the Earnest Covered Bridge then stay right on Paschelke Road. The road will come to a “T” take the left on to Wendling Road. Just under two miles the road circles the old Wendling Mill Site. The Wendling Covered Bridge is on the left. To the right and then left is the old mill pond site where most of these pictures were taken.
Wendling Oregon was a company Mill Town built by the Booth-Kelly Lumber Company in the Mohawk Valley about 20 miles Northeast of Eugene Oregon. At it’s height it had a population of about 1000 people, half of which worked at Booth-Kelly’s Wendling Mill. The hills around the area were populated by hundreds more men living in logging camps that fed the Wendling Mill and Springfield Mill.
The first mill in the area was owned by a man named Holcomb who built it at the junction of Mill and Wolf Creeks. In 1885 Whitbeck and Sterns purchased the mill, operated it for a short time before selling to Johnson and George Wendling. They operating it for a few years before selling to George Kelly, Tom Kelly, and Robert Booth in 1898. These men had formed the Booth-Kelly Lumber Company and immediately set about “modernizing” the mill.
The town grew so fast that an Post Office was established in 1899. In October of 1900, the Springfield-Wendling branch of the Southern Pacific Railroad was built to Wendling. This allowed timber and lumber to be shipped by train instead of wagon and allowed output to be increased even further. It is reported that the line was extended another 25 miles up the valley where trains brought timber to the mill from remote logging camps.
In 1903 the Southern Pacific Railroad announced that they would no longer sell land grants to individuals after realizing how much potential profit timber profit there was in the lands they owned. This was in conflict of the Pacific Railroad Acts enacted by Congress in 1862 and 1863. The Federal Government filed suit against the Southern Pacific Railroad, causing operations to cease. Because of this Booth-Kelly was shut down in 1904 as they could no longer transport logs or lumber. The mill was able to open again two years later after the lawsuit was resolved and by 1908 had grown yet again.
In August 1910 most of the town was destroyed by fire. The mill itself was saved, but most everything else had to be rebuild. Less then a year later the town featured larger houses with indoor plumbing. Before that the town consisted of a bunk-house with 46 rooms and electricity, a company store, cottages for married men and their families, an church, a school, a resident doctor, locomotive barn, machine shop, blacksmith shop, train depot, bowling alley, barber shop, and an skating rink.
The roads in Wendling were interesting, they were covered with left over sawdust from the mill. Later they were replaced with discarded and left over planks from the mill, along with wood-slat sidewalks.
The mill saw another fire in 1922, but was able to stay in business until 1946. The closing was prompted by a labor dispute, before a third and final fire that destroyed the building. This signed the death warrant for Wendling as any remaining timber was too far away to be financially viable. The Post Office closed in 1952, and the land sold to the Georgia Pacific Corporation in 1959.
One of Wendling’s most engaging residents was Opal Whiteley, who as a child had kept a diary of her adventures in a fantasyland composed of the trees, beasts, and wild flowers populated by fairies. Opal claimed to be an illegitimate child of French aristocracy who was either purchased or adopted as a replacement by her mother who had “lost” the original Opal.
The book of her life, complied by Opal herself, and launched as a serial in the Atlantic Monthly Press in 1920 ended up selling three editions and 15,000 copies in less then a year. By 1921, the Story of Opal was pulled from shelves due to the controversy surrounding Opal’s life.
Not much is left of Modern Wendling. A few older houses, the covered bridge, and the memories of residents lay among the ghosts of the mill. Concrete remains mark the final location of the mill, the general store, and the third spillway dam. There are rumors of the remains of a playground, and the children’s cemetery on the hill. But the road up is closed to traffic other then logging trucks. Other then these remains, the forest is slowly taking over the town again.
Suggested Reading about Wendling:
To get to Wendling, drive east along 126 from Eugene. Take 42nd Street Exit and turn left. Turn right on Marcola road. In the town of Marcola, take Wendling road on the right. You’ll come to a “Y” in the road. On the left will be the Wendling Covered Bridge. Straight ahead is the old mill site. The road circles around the entire mill site and comes back to the “Y.” Please pay attention to the “No Trespassing signs.” As far as I can tell the mill site itself is open, but some of the logging roads are marked as it private property around it.
The Booth-Kelly company eventually bought the operation.
“They realized they needed to build a place for all their workers to live, so they built a town around the sawmill,” Kreskey said.
“They blew a whistle for you to get up, blew a whistle for you to go to work and blew a whistle for you to go home,” said Kreskey, the exhibit’s curator.
Wendling is an unincorporated community in Lane County, Oregon, United States, located northeast of Marcola. Wendling’s post office operated from 1899 to 1952. It was named for George X. Wendling, a local lumberman.
In August 1901, the Booth-Kelly Corporation purchased the Springfield sawmill and several thousand acres of timberland in the region. The sawmill was dismantled in 1902 and a larger, more efficient mill with a capacity for greater production was constructed on the same site (Clarke 1983:46).
The sawmill was not directly powered by the millrace. A steam plant was built adjacent to the millrace to power the mill with the sawdust and refuse lumber. Since this fuel was in excess of the demands for operating the plant, and destroying it would be an expense to the company, a proposition was made to the Eugene Electric Light Company to erect a light plant in Springfield with the fuel furnished by Booth-Kelly (Clarke 1983:46-48).
In 1902 a 99-year franchise was granted to the Booth Kelly Lumber Co. to produce electricity for the city using the company’s steam generator.
In 1911, a brick steam plant replaced the original wooden building. In July of that year, the Booth-Kelly sawmill was destroyed by fire. The company replaced the burned remains of the old mill with a modern electric-powered mill with several buildings in 1912 (Clarke 1982:48-55).
The importance of the Booth-Kelly Lumber Company to Springfield’s economy is illustrated by the number of residents employed there. City directories of 1907 and 1911 clearly show that a majority of the population worked in some capacity for Booth-Kelly. In 1904, the company sold some of the controlling shares of stock to out-of-state businessmen, which brought new money into the community. Springfield became known as “Mill City,” and as it grew and prospered, many new people arrived looking for work. In 1907, railroad rates sky-rocketed for lumber shipments, and Booth-Kelly faced a serious legal battle concerning land grant purchases. Despite its problems and the fact that no profit was made in 1911 by the Springfield mill, the company kept the operation going. The decision to replace the burned mill in 1912 was the result of improved regulation of railroad rates and a favorable decision by the U.S. Government in the case against Booth-Kelly (Clarke 1983:50-55).
Robert A. Booth was more than a successful businessman. He was a state Senator for two terms in the Oregon Legislature. He was the leader in formulating the Oregon highway system and served as chairman of its Highway Commission. He served as trustee of Willamette University, was President of the Oregon Land and Livestock Company, served on the Oregon Tuberculosis Association and the State Park Commission and was active in Rotary, Boy Scouts, Portland and Eugene Chambers of Commerce and other public service organizations. It is an expression of Mr. Booth’s devotion to the religious work of his father that the Circuit Rider Statue adorns the Capitol grounds at Salem, his gift to the State. Mr. Booth was lifetime Methodist. He was the Sunday School Superintendent for over 20 years and also served his church as trustee and in other capacities.
He died in Eugene, Oregon, April 28, 1944, at the age of 86.