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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: PK-12
Corporate Name: Baird and Baird
Local Name:
Owner Name: James and Stewart Baird
Location: Subdivision #21, U. S. Census, 1870, near Rocky Creek
County: Polk
Years in Operation: 2 years
Start Year: 1869
End Year: 1870
Decades: 1860-1869,1870-1879
Period of Operation: 1869 to 1870s
Town: Near Rocky Creek
Company Town: 0
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber, cornmeal
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Steam
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 
Capacity Comments: 90,000 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: Sawmill, grist mill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: None
Historicial Development: The Bairds ran a sawmill and grist mill in Polk County according to the 1870 Census. Their mill had a capital investment of $2,000 and $6,000 in logs and $2,500 worth of corn (2,500 bushels). In a six-month operation, they employed three men whom were paid a total of $300. They manufactured 90,000 of lumber of a value of $600 and ground 2,500 bushels of cornmeal at a value of $3,000. They also earned $100 for out-custom work. Ruth Peebles identifies the Jim Baird sawmill, during the 1870s, as located at Rocky Creek.
Research Date: MCJ 02-26-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson