Elliott Lumber – Payette, Idaho
Story by Pat MacPhail,
Victoria, British Columbia
Photos by Glenn and Hilda
Elliott, Payette, Idaho
Starting a trucking business
is never easy, and the 1930s only made a hard job even harder. Glenn and Hilda
Elliott started out in Payette, Idaho, hauling local farm produce in the summer
and coal out of Utah in the winter. Before long, they also started to haul lodge
pole pine out of the Targhee National Forest in eastern Idaho, using old
Chevrolet and Dodge trucks. They had to travel quite a bit to locate work, and
finding a place to stay was sometimes a problem. However, they solved that
problem by taking lumber in payment for a cement hauling job. Glenn used the
wood to construct an 8-ft x 12-ft box which they put on the back of the truck:
Home sweet home! Since there were no trailer courts in those days, the Elliotts
would find a place to set up home, perhaps a service station that would allow
them an electrical hookup for a several dollars a month. Their “motor home”
initially had no windows and was heated by a wood stove, but later on they
bought a trailer to live in while working away from home.
Eventually the Elliotts found
that their old LJ Mack, Chevys, and Dodges couldn’t carry the payloads they
wanted, as power was somewhat lacking. So they bought a new 1947 Diamond T model
910 with a 150 Cummins, which provided both economy and more power. With their
new truck they could carry more loads in a day, and the faster turnaround made a
The 910 spent most of its
time hauling peeler logs to the box factory in Weiser, Idaho, and Glenn later
built a trailer to carry more of these short logs. When log hauling was slow
Glenn would move Caterpillar tractors and loaders to the next logging show.
However, things didn’t always
go quite as planned...
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