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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: CK-133
Corporate Name: G. F. Lesley
Local Name:
Owner Name: G. F. Lesley
Location: Dialville
County: Cherokee
Years in Operation: 8 years
Start Year: 1913
End Year: 1920
Decades: 1910-1919,1920-1929
Period of Operation: 1913 until about 1920
Town: Dialville
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 22 in 1906; 600 in 1928; 219 in 1934
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Dogwood blocks
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Other
Power Source: Unknown
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 
Capacity Comments: Unknown
Produced:
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Wood mill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: St Louis Southwestern
Historicial Development: G. F. Lesley, in 1913, according to the Cherokee County History, established a wood-working factory at Dialville that reproduced “2.5 to 3-inch square by 14-inch blocks from dogwood trees. . . . The blocks were converted into spindles for the textile mills in eastern United States and some foreign countries.” Lesley, from Clayton, Georgia, moved the mill to Polk County when he was no longer able to obtain dogwood timber locally.
Research Date: MCJ 01-25-96
Prepared By: M Johnson