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PostThu Dec 12, 2019 8:54 am 
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Bernardo wrote:
Interesting to think about the ramifications of European battles on serene forests so far away.

Yep.  And nearly all the cascara was grubbed out for the laxative properties of the bark.  All those troops in trenches eating C rations and pilot biscuits would tend to get stopped up.

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PostThu Dec 12, 2019 9:26 am 
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My understanding was that most of the actual logging was done after 11/11/1919 and was for fir not spruce. The railroads and roads were handy for the timber companies though.

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PostThu Dec 12, 2019 1:47 pm 
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Dusty Trale wrote:
A good book to read about the Spruce Division during WW1 is, "Soldiers in the Woods, The U.S. Army's Spruce Division in World War One", by Rod Crossley. The book was published by Timber Times in 2014 in Portland. It has lots of info, photos and maps in WA and OR. The War Dept. approved the creation of the Spruce Productive Division on Oct. 17, 1917 and disbanded April 7, 1919.

Dang, that book is expensive.

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PostThu Dec 12, 2019 7:30 pm 
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THE U.S. ARMY SPRUCE PRODUCTION DIVISION AT VANCOUVER BARRACKS, WASHINGTON, 1917-1919 (2013).

History of the Spruce Division: United States Army and United States Spruce Corporation (1920).

The Loyal Legion of Loggers and Lumbermen (1999).

Poster: Spruce For The Air, Fir For The Sea.

Photo: Spruce Production Division, Japanese work crew.
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Wow interesting stuff! Thanks for sharing!!! up.gif
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PostWed Dec 25, 2019 8:10 pm 
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My great grandfather Marvik was in the 14th Spruce Division.  Assigned to Vancouver barracks and worked in the Astoria area and Clatsop area.  Moved around quite a bit and loaned to other units.  Spending quite a bit of time building railroad track.
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