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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: PA-15
Corporate Name: Allen B. Bryan
Local Name:
Owner Name: Allen B. Bryan
Location: Beat No. 5, U. S. Census, 1870; in Precinct 5, U. S. Census, 1880
County: Panola
Years in Operation: 12 years
Start Year: 1869
End Year: 1880
Decades: 1860-1869,1870-1879,1880-1889
Period of Operation: 1869 to 1880
Town: Beat No. 5, Panola County
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber and grain
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: 1870: 15-horsepower steam engine. 1880: 25-horsepower 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: 1870: Saw and grist mill. 1880: Circular sawmill.
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: The Allen B. Bryan steam mill, according to the 1870 Census, had a capital investment of $2,000 with raw materials of $2,000 in logs and $2,400 worth of 2,400 bushels of all grains. He employed 3 men to whom he paid a total annual wage of $400 over twelve months, and 1 man in the grist mill at an annual wage of $300. The saw mill manufactured 250,000 feet of lumber valued at $3,000, and the grist mill produced a value of $3,600. The Bryan sawmill was located in Panola's County Precinct 5 during 1879 to 1880. The mill was a $1,500 capital value and employed six men at peak and four normally. The men were paid $.75 for unskilled labor per ten-hour day and received $600 in total wages. In its four months of operation during the reporting period, from $1,570 in supplies and sawlogs, the mill manufactured 280,000 feet of lumber worth a value of $2,860. The investment was $1,200 to the saw mill and $800 to the grist mill.
Research Date: MCJ 02-08-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson