The History of our sawmill, known as "Tenth Street Mill" is worth recounting. A Frenchman named George Guetal engaged in the pianoforte hardware business in New York had become interested in the development of an entirely new Saw for reducing logs to lumber. This saw had been invented, or brought out, in France, and in 1868 he determined to build a mill in New York to demonstrate this bandsaw. Mr. Guetal was so impressed with the wonderful future of this new invention, the bandsaw, that he erected a mill on East 10th Street, with the idea of installing nothing but this wonderful machine which, according to his estimation, was of such capacity as to produce all the Mahogany lumber required in the United States.
In seeking an experience millman to supervise the erection of this mill, William H. Jones was recommended to Guetal and was engaged for the work of erecting the mill, afterward acting as superintendent of its operation. Mr. Jones had operated the Monroe Street mill, which had gone out of existence prior to my time. Jones finally prevailed upon Guetal to install veneer saws along with his wonderful bandsaw. It required much persuasion to get Geutal to make this concession, but it of course proved to be a very wise one.
Guetal operated the mill for a year or so, and it was then rented to my early employers, Rodman & Hepburn, in 1870. While the bandsaw had proven fairly successful so far in producing well manufactured lumber was concerned, it produced only a small fraction that Guetal had estimated to be its capacity. He recognized this, and was no doubt glad to unload the whole proposition; so they had operated the mill about a year before I entered their employ. I well remember the iron pillars of the bandsaw with the inscription cast in them "PERRIN & CO., PARIS". So, the foregoing is the history of the introduction of the bandsaw into the United States.
The bandmill of today, while on exactly the same principal, has developed into gigantic size as compared with the early one, and has developed a capacity of many times the original one. As is well known, it has become the standard sawmill of the country in all lumber operations of importance.
Early in 1879 my lease of the mill would expire. A few months previous to renewing the lease, I paid a visit to the owner, George Guetel, for that purpose. He very promptly announced to me that of course he could not rent the property at any such low figure as I had been paying. I seemed to be successful in convincing him that the business would not stand
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