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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: RU-16
Corporate Name: Albert Tatum
Local Name:
Owner Name: Albert Tatum
Location: In 1870, Precinct 3 with post office at Henderson
County: Rusk
Years in Operation: 12 years
Start Year: 1859
End Year: 1870
Decades: 1850-1859,1860-1869,1870-1879
Period of Operation: 1859 to 1870
Town: In 1870, post office at Henderson
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: In 1860, lumber and 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: In 1860, 500,000 feet of plank and 100,000 feet of sheathing. In 1870, milled 70,000 board feet and ground 1,000 bushels of cornmeal.
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: In 1860, sawmill and cotton gin and grist mill. In 1870, sawmill and grist mill.
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: International & Great Northern at Henderson in 1870.
Historicial Development: Albert Tatum ran a sawmill in Rusk County, with Henderson as its post office. The sawmill was d a capital value of $10,000 in the 1860 census. Four men worked for a total monthly wage of $100 in the sawmill and one man in the grist mill for $30 monthly. The sawmill produced 500,000 feet of plank and 100,000 feet of sheathing, for a $5,500 value, while the gristmill produced cornmeal at the value of $17,200. Tatum either moved and acquired less expensive equipment, or his complex suffered during the Civil War years. In 1870, his sawmill was d to be a $600 capital value and the grist mill $400. The sawmill and grist mill employed a total of four men during eight months at a total wage of $600. Raw materials included $700 in logs and $750 for 1,000 bushels. The lumber milled totaled 70,000 board feet at a value of $1,400 and the value of the cornmeal was $950.
Research Date: MCJ 02-12-96
Prepared By: M Johnson