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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
Other
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.
Produced:
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