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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: CK-338
Corporate Name: S. A. Thompson
Local Name:
Owner Name: S. A. Thompson (Sam Thompson)
Location: Jacksonville
County: Cherokee
Years in Operation: 11 years
Start Year: 1880
End Year: 1890
Decades: 1880-1889,1890-1899
Period of Operation: 1880s and 1890s
Town: Jacksonville
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 1,000 in 18885; 1,500 in 1896.
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: 20-horspower steam engine
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 and planing mill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: S. A. Thompson milled in Cherokee County from the early 1880s. He bought from Keating for $1,100 a #3 steam engine and and #3 1/2 boiler. Thompson bought from Hoyt Bros for $200 a #2 1/2 Tompkin planer with fifteen planer heads. The location of the sawmill is still unknown. The grist mill, planing mill, and cotton gin in 1885 were located at Jacksonville on the corner of North Front and Fry streets and west of the International & Great Northern railroad tracks. Steam machinery included a 20-horspowered steam engine and boiler each. A map of 1896 of Jacksonville still records Thompson's plants at North Front and Fry streets.
Research Date: MCJ 01-31-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson