Hard working and specially trained men, able to endure hardships, cut cavities in the bark of the gigantic trees and dropped the resin in specially made buckets.

-The Faith of Jason Malbis

Their next enterprising exploit was the construction of an improvised plant for the processing and manufacture of resin and various resin by-products. Pine trees grew in this part of the country in considerable numbers and sizes. Hard working and specially training men, able to endure hardships, cut cavities in the bark of the gigantic trees and dropped the resin in specially made buckets. It was then carried to the distillery and processed into various by-products, such as turpentine, pitch, tar, naptha, etc. The demand from these products and the attractive price at which they were selling encouraged the community to expand the operations of their new enterprise. Additional skilled workers were hired, mostly black residents of the local area who were experienced and able to endure hard work and the extreme heat. Needless to say, each member of the community and every business operation came under the direction and supervision of Jason Malbis, the founder and organizer of the Plantation. By his wise and successful administration he was able to serve the personal needs of his workers and to command their unreserved confidence and obedience

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