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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: CK-276
Corporate Name: Morrill Orchard Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Morrill Orchard Company
Location: Morrill, about four miles south of Wells, near Brunswick Switch
County: Cherokee
Years in Operation: 8 years
Start Year: 1903
End Year: 1910
Decades: 1900-1909,1910-1919
Period of Operation: 1903 to 1910
Town: Morrill, near Brunswick Switch
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Crates, baskets, shingles
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Probably 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: Planing mill equipment, shingle machine, and tram road
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: St. Louis Southwestern (Cotton Belt)
Historicial Development: W. T. Block wrote that “The old Fairres Farm on present-day Highway 21, where once penitentiary convicts worked as contract laborers, eventually became the huge Morrill Orchard Company in 1903, and along with Brunswick Lumber Company, had its rail head located at Brunswick Switch.” Local historical memory or tradition has little about this operation. According to H. C. Polk, Jr., his father worked at the mill located at “the Morrill Orchard” shoeing horses for the outfit. Its local planing mill made crates, baskets, and shingles in taking care of the plant's industrial needs. Block wrote that Richard Morrill and Associates had one of the nation's largest fruit packing plants constructed at Morrill, near the Cotton Belt. The railroad spent $100,000 in building the depot, siding, and spur for the factory. The peach orchard covered 1,400 acres. The tram operations involved more than six miles of tracks.
Research Date: MCJ 01-30-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson