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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: PK-44
Corporate Name: G. F. Lesley
Local Name:
Owner Name: G. F. Lesley
Location: Unknown
County: Polk
Years in Operation: 1 year
Start Year: 1920
End Year: 1920
Decades: 1920-1929
Period of Operation: About 1920
Town: Unknown
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Dogwood blocks
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Unknown
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: Wood mill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: G. F. Lesley, in 1913, according to the Cherokee County History, moved his wood-working factory in Polk County after he closed a similar operation at Dialville. The mills reproduced “2.5 to 3-inch square by 14-inch blocks from dogwood trees. . . . The blocks were converted into spindles for the textile mills in eastern United States and some foreign countries.”
Research Date: MCJ 02-26-96
Prepared By: M Johnson