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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: BO-8
Corporate Name: B. Johnson
Local Name:
Owner Name: B. Johnson
Location: District #3, Census of 1880
County: Bowie
Years in Operation: 2 years
Start Year: 1879
End Year: 1880
Decades: 1870-1879,1880-1889
Period of Operation: 1880
Town: District #3
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: 181/2-horsepower steam engine
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 
Capacity Comments: 200,000 board feet during the reporting period of the census
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Double circular sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: Johnson, in 1880, according to the Census, did his own logging near the Red River. His mill was d to be a $12,000 capital investment. Employees worked a ten-hour day for a total monthly wage of $400. Skilled laborers earned $1.00 daily, and unskilled $.75 The mill worked fulltime six months of the year. With an investment of $1,150 in raw supplies, the mill manufactured 200,000 board feet for a gross value of $2,000.
Research Date: MCJ 03-07-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson