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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: MS-2
Corporate Name: Beasely & Porter Sawmill
Local Name:
Owner Name: Beasely & Porter Sawmill
Location: Daingerfield
County: Morris
Years in Operation: 2 years
Start Year: 1879
End Year: 1880
Decades: 1870-1879,1880-1889
Period of Operation: 1879 to 1880
Town: Daingerfield
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 1000 in 1905, 4,000 in 1928; 1000 in 1934
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Pine lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: 24-horsepower steam engine and boiler
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 
Capacity Comments: 240,000 feet of lumber 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: Circular sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: Beasely & Porter is listed in a railroad journal of 1880 as having a pine sawmill at Daingerfield. They had moved their sawmill by 1880 from Titus County (where they had been enumerated by the 1870 Census) to Daingerfield, Morris County, where it was enumerated in Precinct 1 by the census enumerator. The circular sawmill was powered by a 24-horsepower steam engine and boiler. Beasely & Porter employed ten men at peak production and eight normally, paying them $.75 to $2.50 daily for ten-hour days, winter and summer; the workers received a total wage of $500. During six months at half-time production, the sawmill, from $1,200 worth of supplies and sawlogs, milled 240,000 feet of lumber worth a value of $2,400. Logging was done on Boggy Creek.
Research Date: MCJ 04-02-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson