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The Timberland team takes form

May 12, 2012

JG Robson

In 1911 JG Robson married Jeannie Law of Vancouver, and from then on Timberland was a family concern. The following year Robson was able to buy out the stock of Timberland Lumber Company and took over as President, while continuing to run the business as general manager.

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JG Robson


EJ Huard

Robson hired Edward J Huard, a veteran American lumberman, as superintendent of the mill. Huard hailed from Minnesota, but was working in northwest, lately with the Noon Lumber Co of Philomath, Oregon. His tenure with Timberland would be short, as he met a tragic end in January of 1912, in an industrial accident on the premises.

Fatal Accident

“Mr E J Huard, superintendent at the plant of the Timberland Lumber Company, at Timberland, was fatally injured on Thursday, when in some manner he became entangled with the machinery at the mill and was whirled around by the shafting . . . he died about two hours after admission to the Royal Columbian Hospital, where he was conveyed with the utmost despatch. Mr Huard came here from Portland. He leaves a widow who is resident in the city.” – Columbian

It was reported his remains would return by Great Northern to Minneapolis. “Mr Huard was of a very kind disposition and his many friends regret to learn of his demise.”

PE Murphy

Joining the firm after the death of Huard was Paul Edward Murphy, 32, another Minnesotan who had lately been employed  in mills at Napavine, Washington.  With Robson as Manager and PE Murphy as Superintendent, the team was now in place that would lead Timberland Lumber Co for the next 34 years.


Men of Action
One of two unidentified Timberland employees shown in the photo at right appears to be Timberland sawmill manager JG Robson, wearing a watch-chain. The other man could be Paul Murphy, the mill superintendent.
As the photo is dated 1914, this would be the mill at Craig Station, Timberland.

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Two employees at Timberland Lumber Co sawmill, 1914
New Westminster Archives photo
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