This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Caught by a sudden shower in New Jersey, the writer took refuge in a shingle mill, where the Cupressus thuyoides, the White Cedar of that section, was being worked up into roofing shingles. Examining some logs it was found that they rated from thirty-five to sixty years old, and that they averaged about eight inches in diameter; one thirteen inches thick numbered sixty-five annual rings. The trunks run about forty feet high before they branch much, that is the lower branches get killed by the closeness with which the trees grow together. The price paid for this wood by the shingle mill ranges from $7 to $10 per cord. Pieces cut into four feet lengths and arranged four feet high and in a block eight feet long make a cord. As the trees of White Cedar grow so thickly together that in a twenty-year old forest one could not see a bear twenty feet away for the tree trunks, one can form an idea of what a cedar plantation would be worth, and whether a "life insurance policy" so invested would be worth as much or more than the paper ones so popular.
A " White Cedar policy " would probably be payable in fifteen or twenty years.