Nelson’s Portable Sawmill

In a entry under Fenelon Falls news, the Canadian Post noted that Jos. Ellis has his hand cut in Nelson’s portable saw mill on Wednesday week, and that Dr. Bryson had been called in to treat the wound [CP 9 Aug 1878; 3]. There is no other mention of Nelson’s business so he may have been from outside the village. Portable saw mills could move about wherever they were needed, so they are seldom recorded in business records and listings. This is a rare notice of one in operation in the area.

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