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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: CK-9
Corporate Name: Charles L. Miller
Local Name:
Owner Name: Charles L. Miller
Location: Alto, located next to the Alto Home Electric Light & Ice Co
County: Cherokee
Years in Operation: 2 years
Start Year: 1928
End Year: 1929
Decades: 1920-1929
Period of Operation: 1928
Town: Alto
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: Commissary
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Black and red gum, red and white oak, shortleaf pine, and crossties
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Steam
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 25000: 1928
Capacity Comments: 25,000 feet daily
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Circular saw and planing mills drew power from Home Electric
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: St. Louis Southwestern (Cotton Belt)
Historicial Development: Located, in 1925, between the Alto Home Electric Light & Ice Company and the water tower, the Miller lumber plant included a planer and a lumber yard, which had a siding connecting the facility to the Cotton Belt. Its electric power came from Alto Home Electric in return for blowing its shavings to be used in the boilers of the power plant. Charles Miller organized the Miller Lumber Company later. In 1929, he bought a pair of horizontal boilers from Gulf Public Service Company for $150. Miller provided a commissary for his employees.
Research Date: JKG 10-12-93, MCJ 1-12-95
Prepared By: J. Gerland, M Johnson