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  • January 31, 1898: International Paper Incorporated

    By James Lewis on January 31, 2009

    January 31st is more than just Super Bowl Saturday here in the U.S.  It’s also the anniversary of the founding of International Paper.*  On this day in 1898, fourteen paper companies came together and incorporated as International Paper (IP).  Capitalized at almost $40 million dollars, IP included seventeen pulp and paper mills operating 101 paper…

  • January 29, 1935: And the Schlich Award Goes to…

    By Eben Lehman on January 29, 2009

    On this day in 1935, the Society of American Foresters presented its first-ever award, the Sir William Schlich Memorial Award Medal, to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.  Roosevelt was recognized for his “interest and effective work for forest conservation,” with specific acclamation given for his establishment of the Civilian Conservation Corps. The award was named for…

  • January 21, 1892: Hoo-Hoo International, Not Your Father’s Skull and Bones

    By Amanda Ross on January 21, 2009

    There are few things I desire more in this world than to unmask secret societies and to find derivations of  “concatenate” in unexpected places. Imagine my delight when I learned that FHS holds a small collection of records for the International Concatenated Order of Hoo-Hoo. On this day in 1892, the International Concatenated Order of…

  • Who should the president appoint to his cabinet?

    By James Lewis on January 16, 2009

    As President-elect Barack Obama’s cabinet nominees are being finalized with little controversy, we here at Peeling Back the Bark can’t help but think back one hundred years ago and wonder what might have happened if, as newspapers speculated, Gifford Pinchot had been appointed to a cabinet position in William Howard Taft’s administration. Here’s what the…

  • January 7, 1851: It's your day, Bernhard Fernow!

    By James Lewis on January 7, 2009

    Happy birthday, Bernie! You helped bring forest management and forestry education to the United States and Canada, and we are forever grateful! Have an extra piece of cake on us! Born in Prussia on January 7, 1851, Bernhard Eduard Fernow trained for both law and forestry. He served in the Prussian Forest Service for seven…

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