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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: GR-4
Corporate Name: August May (?)
Local Name:
Owner Name: August May (?)
Location: Plantersville Precinct
County: Grimes
Years in Operation: 2 years
Start Year: 1879
End Year: 1880
Decades: 1870-1879,1880-1889
Period of Operation: 1879 to 1880
Town: Plantersville Precinct
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: 35-horsepower steam engine
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 7000: 1880
Capacity Comments: 500,000 feet produced during the reporting period of the Census
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: International & Great Northern
Historicial Development: August May (the spelling is uncertain because of the illegible nature of the handwriting), according to the Census of 1880, owned and operated a sawmill facility in the Plantersville Precinct of Grimes County from 1879 to 1880. The mill was d a capital value of $5,000 and powered by a steam boiler and engine, generating 35-horsepower. The mill force included eight men who earned between 75 cents and $1.00 per each eight-hour day they worked. The work force was paid a total of $750 in wages during the reporting period. The mill, operating for five months on a half-time basis, produced five hundred thousand board feet of lumber from $3,650 worth of raw materials and was valued at $6,000. This mill conducted its own logging near the vicinity of the mill.
Research Date: MCJ 03-04-96
Prepared By: M Johnson