Saw mill, Baring, ca. 1920

Contributed by Penobscot Marine Museum


The Chase lumber and box mills in Baring were the successors and final heirs to a long tradition of Baring mills begun by William Vance in 1804.

In the 1800s mills spanned the St. Croix River from Baring on the American side to Upper Mills on the Canadian side. In 1890 Granville Chase, a Baring native, returned and purchased the remaining mills owned then by Lendall Tyler. He converted a portion of the operations to a box mill and, at his death in 1904, left his sons Edward and Clifford a well-established and profitable business.

The brothers continued the business until the 1930s when they sold all of their holdings to the St. Croix Paper Company. On January 9, 1933 a fire destroyed all of the buildings, leaving hardly a trace of 130 years of milling operations in Baring.

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About This Item

  • Title: Saw mill, Baring, ca. 1920
  • Creation Date: circa 1920
  • Subject Date: circa 1920
  • Town: Baring
  • County: Washington
  • State: ME
  • Media: Glass Negative
  • Dimensions: 12.75 cm x 17.75 cm
  • Local Code: LB2007.1.104086
  • Collection: Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company
  • Object Type: Image

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