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Mail Tribune 100, Dec. 17, 1919

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.

Dec. 17, 1919


There is now a scarcity of wood of most any kind in the city and the prospects are there will be a scarcity of dry wood for weeks unless the weather and roads permit hauling in such wood from the country. During the recent stormy and extreme cold spell wood and other fuel was burned so lavishly and fast that the woodyards of this city were kept busy night and day delivering what wood they had in stock, until now the yards are all out of wood except the Gagnon lumber concern and none can be shipped in, even if a supply is found, until the weather moderates and the railroad congestion is relieved.

The already extremely high price is expected to jump accordingly. It is claimed that some outside dealers with large stocks on hand are demanding a profit of 200 percent.

The people who will feel the wood shortage the most, especially the scarcity of dry wood, are those who buy only a tier or so at a time. There is still a crying demand for wood of any kind, however, which the dealers are unable to fill at present.

J. T. Gagnon sent out a crew of 25 men this morning to shovel roads through the snow to the cut wood he has in his timber holdings near Jacksonville, in order to rush this wood, dry and green, to the city as soon as possible. Other wood dealers are doing their utmost to obtain wood supplies and will have men out cutting the green variety, which burns well with a little dry wood, as soon as possible.

Chas. F. Reichstein of the Valley Fuel company, who ran out of dry wood Monday bitterly condemns the wood profiteers for their hoggish actions in a time like this. He states that wherever he has located a suitable supply of wood — large or small — before he can purchase it wood profiteers step in and bid it up to an almost prohibitive price, at which the owners sell to them.


Any woman who can not afford to buy a factory built fireless cooker can make one with little expense. Home demonstration agents of the United States department of agriculture and the state agricultural colleges are teaching women all over the country how to make them. No radiators are use in some homemade fireless cookers, while in others radiators of iron or soapstone are put in to supply extra heat. In place of the regulation type of radiator, some ingenious club women in Alameda county, California, are using flat, water worn rocks as a substitute. The stones were gathered from a creek. Ordinary baling wire was wound around the stone and made into a handle. Data has been kept by one of the women as to the length of time required to heat such a stone as compared to heating a radiator of soapstone or iron. Her conclusion was that the rocks heat as quickly as the usual types of radiator and gives as satisfactory results.

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