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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: CK-175
Corporate Name: J. A. Bowman
Local Name:
Owner Name: J. A. Bowman, Horton, & Perry. J. A. Bowman & W. S. Leopard
Location: In the Rusk area
County: Cherokee
Years in Operation: 7 years
Start Year: 1907
End Year: 1913
Decades: 1900-1909,1910-1919
Period of Operation: 1907 to 1913
Town: In the Rusk area
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: Unknown
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: 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
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: The Bowman family, with various partners, had a sawmill operating in the Rusk area by 1907. The company did its own logging with oxen and wagons. J. A. Bowman and C. B. Spivey replaced the earlier partnership of W. S. Leopard by 1910. The logging was increasing for the number of them mortgaged in 1910 grew from the nine in 1907 to twenty-eight. The firm of Horton & Perry had a short interest in the firm. Their mortgage revealed that the company operated a commissary. Bowman added a planing mill in December 1911. By 1912 and 1913, the company was suffering financially, adding a series of mortgages that revealed the inventory consisted of a sawmill, shingle machine, planer, steam engines and boilers, a gasoline engine, a few oxen, and at least two wagons. See the next page for a complete listing of mortgages and inventory.
Research Date: MCJ 01-26-96
Prepared By: M Johnson