Edward J. Kamholz Kamholz graduated from the University of Oregon (B.S. in business management, 1968); from the University of Portland (MBA, 1974); and from Foothill College (AA graphic design, 2001). Following a sixteen-year career in telecommunications marketing for Western Electric, ITT, The Austin Company, Plantronics and Cushman Electronics, Kamholz was a marketing consultant before co-authoring The Oregon-American Lumber Company: Ain’t No More, an award-winning company history published by Stanford University Press in 2003. An avid fly-fisher, he was a lifelong student of Northwest forest history and mapped Oregon’s historical railroads through the Oregon Historical Railroads Project. Ed passed away on July 3, 2019.
A donkey engine was an integrated machine consisting of a powerplant and gearing that turned one or more drums or winches containing wire rope. Designed to lift, drag, and move logs from the stump to an accumulation point, donkey engines were also used to load logs on cars that transported …
Oregon Railway & Navigation Company
Recognizing the opportunity to monopolize access to Oregon by the transcontinental railroads as well as maintaining a near-monopoly on regional waterways, financier Henry Villard incorporated the Oregon Railway & Navigation Company (OR&N) on June 13, 1879. By the time the company declared bankruptcy in 1894 during a national economic depression, …
Oregon-American Lumber Company
The Oregon-American Lumber Company (1917-1934) and its successors—the Oregon-American Lumber Corporation (1934-1953), the Long-Bell Lumber Company (1953-1956), and the International Lumber Company (1956-1957)—operated from the Nehalem Valley town of Vernonia. The company logged approximately 2.5 billion board-feet of timber from its 30,000-acre holdings in Columbia, Clatsop, and Tillamook counties. O-A’s …