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Jepson Field Book volume 10 page 38 | University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley

Jepson Field Book volume 10 page 38
Briceland  - Had a hearty welcome from Mr. Chas. Wagner of the Extract Works here. The works are not running now as they are making alterations on the pans [?]. Peeling is in full blast.  Mr. Wagner has been in the tanning business since 1856. He went out on to the Mokelumne River flats and peeled the Live Oak, peeling as high as they could reach but not cutting down the trees and taking the rest. A great waste he thinks now. It was all open country he says and one could go and do what he pleased. His tannery at Stockton had their supply of bark from there and from :::::::::  June 10, 1903  the base of Mt. Diablo. The bark was rich in tannin but the result on the leather was not so good. It made a rather brittle leather.  The tanbark peelers here put in alder with Tan Oak bark because, says Wagner, it will pass unnoticed. It has some tannin. Wagner did not recognize that my sample of California Chestnut was not Tan Oak bark. He noticed it looked to have a heavy "ross" but would have passed it for Tan Oak. His book-keeper says that the peelers pass it in for Tan Oak bark in Mendocino Co. but that after a while the tanbark companies made a strong kick and kept a sharp eye out for it. Those men who were running one-horse
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