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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: CS-63
Corporate Name: Illegible [possibly Sumner]
Local Name:
Owner Name: Illegible [possibly Sumner]
Location: Precinct 4, near Queen City, three miles north of Atlanta
County: Cass
Years in Operation: 2 years
Start Year: 1879
End Year: 1880
Decades: 1870-1879,1880-1889
Period of Operation: 1879 to 1880
Town: Near Queen City
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: 40-horsepower steam engine
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 20000: 1880
Capacity Comments: 5,000,000 board feet during the census reporting period
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: A steam-powered circular sawmill with two circular saws and a gang saw
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Texas & Pacific
Historicial Development: The owners' name is illegible on the census manuscript but could be Sumner. This sawmill operated fulltime during the Census reporting period in 1879 and 1880, employing twenty to twenty-eight workers, eight of whom were children ten years old or under. The owners of the mill paid from $1.00 to $2.35 per day in wages to twenty-eight employees for eleven-hour shifts. The workers received $7,500 total in wages. Logging was done close to the mill and product was shipped by railroad. From $24,500 worth of sawlogs and supplies, the mill produced five million board feet worth a gross value of $45,000.
Research Date: JKG 12-29-93, MCJ 04-03-96
Prepared By: J Gerland, M Johnson