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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: CS-19
Corporate Name: Bryan and Stewart
Local Name: Bryans Mill
Owner Name: W. C. Bryan and W. S. Stewart
Location: Bryan's Mill
County: Cass
Years in Operation: 12 years
Start Year: 1873
End Year: 1884
Decades: 1870-1879,1880-1889
Period of Operation: 1873 to 1884
Town: Bryan's Mill
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Pine lumber and cornmeal
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Other
Power Source: Animal-powered (mule)
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 500: 1875
Capacity Comments: About 500 feet daily
Produced:
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Circular sawmill and grist mill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Rail express was at Belden
Historicial Development: According to John D. Hanes, W. C. Bryan and W. S. Stewart opened a combined grist mill and sawmill in 1873 in an area that became known as Bryans Mill. It was located in northwestern Cass County, twenty-three miles from Atlanta. Census records reveal that Bryan and Stewart ran a lumber mill in Precinct 3, Cass County, during the census year ending May 31, 1880. They had a d $2000 invested in the operation which employed three men, who were paid $.75 to $1.50 daily. The firm paid out a total of $280 in wages. From $775 worth of sawlogs and supplies, the sawmill produced an unknown amount of lumber worth $1,400. The mill appeared again in Rand, McNally and Company's 1884 directory of lumber mills. Rail express was delivered to Belden. The operation was small because power was generated by horses. It would have supported the local need for lumber.
Research Date: JKG 12-29-93, MCJ 04-02-96
Prepared By: J Gerland, M Johnson