April 6, 1932
Merced Sun-Star

Yosemite Timber To Be Milled At Fresno

      Robert Byles, general manager, and George Sykes, superintendent of Yosemite Lumber company, were in Merced today conferring with W. L. White, general manager of the Yosemite Valley railroad, on the inauguration of the new system of milling the logs from the timber holdings of the Yosemite company above Incline, Mariposa county. The Merced Falls mill will not be operated this year. Instead, the logs will be brought to Merced Falls on the Yosemite Valley railroad logging cars and there stored in the mill pond, later to be transferred to Southern Pacific cars for shipment to Pinedale, the big mill of the Sugar Pine Lumber company near Fresno. This move is said to be experimental to determine the economy in the change. This will be the second year of non-operation of the lumber mill at Merced Falls.

April 7, 1932
Merced Sun-Star

(Rad's Ramblings)

      The Merced Falls lumber mill goes into its second year of non-operation. You doubtless saw in the report in last night's Sun-Star that the Yosemite Lumber Co. logs from the mountains back of Incline, Mariposa county, on the Yosemite Valley railroad, would be milled this year at Pinedale, near Fresno. In 1928 the Sugar Pine Lumber Co., which had built a large mill at Pinedale, bought the Yosemite Lumber Co. They operated the mill at Merced Falls in 1929 and 1930. In 1931 they ceased operating the Yosemite Lumber Co. plant entirely, logging woods and all. This year they will ship the logs from the Yosemite Valley railroad cars at Merced Falls to Pinedale. Merced people will be disappointed at failure to run the Merced Falls mills this year, although we will be better off than last year. Although the logs will be milled at Pinedale, there will be approximately 500 men working in the woods above Incline. These men buy supplies to some extent in Merced. And the Yosemite Valley railroad, we learn from its general manager, W. L. White, will put on more men to handle its logging trains and also more men in the shops at Merced


      Bill White tells us that while the Pinedale mill is larger and more modern than the one at Merced Falls, the Sugar Pine Lumber company's logging timber in the mountains is less in supply than that of the Yosemite Lumber company's timber back of Incline. The Sugar Pine people operate both companies but maintain the name and individuality of the Yosemite company.