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A Look At The Past: The Shaffer Lumber Company


Last updated 9/6/2021 at 10:53am

Henretta "Etta" and Thomas in 1909 at the corner of Broad and Main streets. (Courtesy of Shaffer Collection, Transylvania Heritage Museum)

Editor's Note: Rebecca Suddeth, the Transylvania Heritage Museum curator, provided the following information:

Eugene and Henrietta Shaffer and their young son, Thomas moved, from Pennsylvania to Transyl-vania County in 1909. With the backing of his wife's father, Eben Campbell, Eugene started the Shaffer Lumber Company. He lay a rail line from Rosman across the French Broad, through the Middlefork community, and to a sawmill he constructed at the site of today's Riverbend Lodge south of Rosman. The Shaffer family took rooms in the Aethelwold Hotel until their home was completed in 1910....

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