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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: CK-143
Corporate Name: George E. Singletary
Local Name:
Owner Name: George E. Singletary with M. L. Huddleston. Contracted with M. E. Rucker.
Location: Singletary Switch, four miles south of Alto on Cotton Belt
County: Cherokee
Years in Operation: 11 years
Start Year: 1900
End Year: 1910
Decades: 1900-1909,1910-1919
Period of Operation: 1900 to 1910
Town: Singletary Switch, four miles south of Alto on Cotton Belt
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: About twenty tenant houses
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Rough and finished lumber
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: 
Capacity Comments: Unknown
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill and planer
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: St. Louis Southwestern (Cotton Belt)
Historicial Development: George Eldridge Singletary (1862 to 1942) lived at Alto; he made a living for forty years as a sawmiller, a ginner, and a farmer. Singletary's father died in 1882 and the son took over the family cotton gin at Bowles Creek. In 1886, he married Margaret Holcomb, which began a Singletary-Holcomb lumber interest for two generations. Moving his mill from Wire Creek to Singletary Switch, George E. Singletary operated a steam-powered sawmill and planer four miles south of Alto on the Cotton Belt from 1900 to 1910. He manufactured rough and finished lumber. He had a school for the children and operated a commissary. Company tokens could be returned at the company store for supplies. Singletary built a house in Alto with lumber made at the mill. The Census of 1900 enumerated more than twenty houses, which appeared to be tenant housing for the Singletary mill at Singletary Switch (Precinct 2, residences 45-60). G. E. Singletary, “sawmill owner”, lived at residence 65. The twenty-six mill laborers were all white.
Research Date: MCJ 01-25-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson