Tract #59

December 5th, 2013 by Lindsay

Tract #59 consisted of several parcels in Benton, NH:

59: 6,168 acres

59 I: 600.45 acres

59 II: 61.44 acres

59 III: 101.83 acres

59 IV: 139.90 acres

Total acreage:  7,071.62 acres


The Land Value of Tract #59 was $20,970

1.      Virgin Spruce: 2%, 178 acres and valued at $3 per acre for $528*

2.      Culled Lands: 35%, 2,468 acres and valued at $3 per acre for $7,404

3.      Second-growth: 50%, 3,538 acres also at $3 per acre for $10,614

4.      Sub-alpine: 6%, 431 acres on Mount Moosilauke at $1 per acre for $431

5.      Cliff: 2%, 176 acres at $0.50 per acre for $88

6.      Abandoned farmland: 5%, 381 acres at $5 per acre for $1,905

Total Value for Land in the Appraisal: $20,970

* The amount for Virgin Spruce is in error and should be $534


The Timber Values of Tract #59 was $99,108:

1.      Pulpwood: 25,801 cords valued at $55,967.50

2.      Ash: 90,000 board feet valued at $1,740

3.      Paper Birch: 9,812 cords valued at $26,244

4.      Other Hardwoods: 9,265 cords valued at $15,156.50


Total land and timber value was $120,078 or $17 per acre


The US Government made an offer of $93,705.19 or $13.25 per acre for the 7,072 acres of land. Bertram Pike accepted the offer and the records indicate he and the Pike Woodlands Company were paid on January 2, 1914. Pike sold additional lands to the US Government over the next few years. Pike apparently felt that the government offer was fair market value.


I [David Govatski] computed the value of the purchase price and per acre cost in 1914 dollars compared with the value of 2013 dollars. In todays money the value would be $2,194,097.65 or $310.25 per acre.

E. Bertram Pike

December 4th, 2013 by Lindsay

E. (Edwin) Bertram Pike was born in Salem, MA on July 24, 1866. He graduated from St Johnsbury Academy with the Class of 1884. He took a commercial course at the New Hampton Commercial College and then entered the family business of the A. F. Pike Manufacturing Company at what was then known as Pike Station near Haverhill, NH.


Pike was a traveling salesman for the family business for several years and after it was incorporated as the Pike Manufacturing Company in 1889 he became superintendent of its factories and quarries.


Pike was a Republican and President of the Haverhill Republican Club for several years. He was a Representative from Haverhill, NH in the NH Legislature serving on the Appropriations and Forestry Committee.


Pike had a strong interest in forestry and was part of the forest conservation movement of that era. Early in 1903, Pike introduced a bill in the NH Legislature appropriating $5,000 for surveying forestry conditions in the White Mountains. The NH Forestry Commission would direct the work, but the federal Bureau of Forestry would do the actual survey work. This report became known as the Chittenden Report, after the name of the author Alfred K. Chittenden, and provided the facts about logging and forest fires that forestry advocates needed. The Chittenden Report was used to demonstrate why a national forest was needed to protect the White Mountain region.


December 4th, 2013 by Lindsay


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