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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: CK-194
Corporate Name: J. J. Bowman
Local Name:
Owner Name: J. J. Bowman
Location: Wells
County: Cherokee
Years in Operation: 16 years
Start Year: 1870
End Year: 1885
Decades: 1870-1879,1880-1889
Period of Operation: About 1870 to 1885
Town: Wells
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 900 in 1928
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber and cornmeal
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Horse then steam
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 1500
Capacity Comments: 1,500 feet daily
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Combination saw and grist mill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: A newspaper in 1922 reported that J. J. Bowman established and operated a combination saw and grist mill near Wells shortly after the Civil War. It was later converted to steam, which would have increased the daily cutting capacity. A McCall bought the mill and with the coming of the railroad in 1885, he moved the sawmill to a location near Pollok.
Research Date: MCJ 01-26-96
Prepared By: M Johnson