Measurers of Lumber
Measurers of Lumber, in modern terms, inspect and measure firewood and bark brought into the town for sale to
Terms & Members
Measurers of Lumber are elected every year at the Annual Town Election to serve a term of one year. The office is currently held by:
- Richard Murray
- Peter Perrin
- Doris Sullivan
The original Massachusetts General Law, which describes the board can be found under M.G.L Chapter 28, Sections 141-148 (Part 1):
"There shall be one or more persons elected by the inhabitants of each town, at their annual meeting, to be surveyors of lumber, who shall he be skilled in the surveying and measurement of lumber, and who shall hold the office for one year, or until their successors be chosen, unless they shall be sooner removed."
"The said surveyor shall survey oak and other
"In the survey of pine boards and planks, there shall be four sorts ; the first sort shall be denominated number one and shall include boards not less than one inch thick, straight grained, and free from rot, sap, knots
"In the survey of pine joist there shall be two sorts; the first sort shall be denominated number one, and shall include all joist that
"In the survey or spruce, hemlock, and juniper boards plank and joist, there shall be two sorts; the first sort shall be denominated number one, and shall include all boards, plank
"In the survey of ash, maple and other
"In the Survey of timber, except mahogany cedar, there shall be two sorts; the first sort shall be denominated number one, and shall include all lumber that is sound, straight, square edged and in lengths or joists not less than sixteen feet long, due allowance being made for sap; the second sort shall be denominated number two, and shall include timber of all other descriptions."
"In the survey of mahogany and cedar, there shall be but one sort; and the surveyor shall number all the mahogany and cedar logs or sticks, contained in each lot or cargo, in regular commercial order and mark the number of each log or stick upon the same, in legible characters; and be shall to the best or his ability, ascertain the whole number of feet, board measure, in every log or stick."