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Cabbage Stacks at Slater
A Short Illustrated History of the
The Dowling and Camp Incorporated's
Sawmill at Slater, Florida
Part 3 - Willie Grant's Photo Section

By Donald R Hensley, Jr.
with a lot of help from Willie Grant
and the late Earnest "Frog" Smith and George Pettingill.

   Willie Grant was born at Slater, Florida in 1931 and lived in the town until the mill closed in 1944. His father Ira W. Grant ran the commissary, was paymaster and ordered most of the mill supplies from 1929 to 1942, when the mill management changed after the death of William Dowling.  His father was also the postmaster until 1947 when the town declined after the loss of the mill and the post office closed. Ira Grant l was originally from Suwannee County as were the Dowlings. Ira Grant began working for the Dowlings at the age of 12 in Suwannee County and later on in Pasco County at the Dowling Mill in Odessa.

Dowling and Camp Letterhead.

slater sawmill
A good shot of the dry kiln, planing mill and lumber storage areas.

slater sawmiil
Aerial View of the Slater Mill.

lumber train
Another view of the 103 and 10 pulling their doubleheaded lumber interchange train to the Seaboard Interchange.

Slater trasin
103 and 10 entering the Seaboard mainline pulling around 24 cars of lumber.
Babbitt Money
For the Dowling & Camp Roster click here.
Go to Dowling & Camps History Page One
Go to  George Pettingill's Photos Page Two
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