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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: CK-279
Corporate Name: O. L. Payne Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: O. L. Payne Lumber Company; also known as Payne Brothers.
Location: Four miles north of Wells on Highway 69
County: Cherokee
Years in Operation: 12 years
Start Year: 1946
End Year: 1957
Decades: 1940-1949,1950-1959
Period of Operation: 1946 to 1957
Town: Wells
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Hardwood and pine lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Steam-powered carriage, electrical machinery
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: Circular sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: Four miles north of Wells, the O. L. Payne Lumber Company (sometimes known as Payne Brothers) was the largest mill in Cherokee County for its time. At first steam-powered, the mill operations were converted to electricity. The local electric co-operative supplied the mill with heavy-duty, three-phase power. In order to keep its status as a large lumber wholesaler, Payne Lumber purchased timber on former pineries of the Chronister Lumber Company. The company maintained vats for cleaning, not storing, its logs. Payne Brothers came from Louisiana and operated its own mill town with commissary and tenant houses. Product was shipped out.
Research Date: MCJ 01-30-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson