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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: RU-14
Corporate Name: A. P. Wherry
Local Name:
Owner Name: A. P. Wherry
Location: In 1870 at Precinct 4, post office Henderson. In 1884 at Pine Hill or Pinehill.
County: Rusk
Years in Operation: 16 years
Start Year: 1869
End Year: 1884
Decades: 1860-1869,1870-1879,1880-1889
Period of Operation: 1869 to 1884
Town: Pine Hill or Pinehill
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: In 1870, cornmeal and lumber. In 1884, lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: In 1870, 14-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: In 1870, 240,000 feet of lumber and 3800 bushels of cornmeal.
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: In 1870, sawmill and grist mill with saw and stone. In 1884, sawmill.
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: International & Great Northern at Henderson in 1884. Later the Timpson & Henderson (Ragley) in 1906.
Historicial Development: A. P. Wherry was enumerated as having a sawmill and grist mill in Precinct 4, Rusk County, in 1870. The mills were worth, respectively, $1,200 and $1,300. In 1870, 240,000 feet of lumber worth $3,000 and 3,800 bushels of cornmeal worth $3,800 were produced. The mill s employed six men who received a total combined wage of $600. Wherry was listed in a railroad directory as having a sawmill at Pinehill, Rusk County, in 1884. According to Webb, A. P. Wherry also had a sawmill and grist mill gristmill in what later became Long Branch in southwestern Panola County before 1880. Pinehill, settled before the Civil War, was first known as Rake Pocket. It is located in eastern Rusk County.
Research Date: MCJ 02-12-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson