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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: RU-18
Corporate Name: Baysinger & Mortin
Local Name:
Owner Name: Baysinger & Mortin
Location: In 1880, at Precinct 5 in Rusk County
County: Rusk
Years in Operation: 2 years
Start Year: 1879
End Year: 1880
Decades: 1870-1879,1880-1889
Period of Operation: 1879 to 1880
Town: Precinct 5
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: 12-horsepower waterwheel
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 
Capacity Comments: 75,000 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: Circular sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: International & Great Northern at Henderson
Historicial Development: Baysinger & Mortin operated a 12-horsepower, water-powered sawmill in Rusk County during 1879-1880, according to the Census. The firm employed five men at peak production and three normally. The men earned $.50 to $1.50 daily, working ten-hour shifts. The firm paid out $150 total in wages. The sawmill manufactured from $500 of supplies and sawlogs a total of 75,000 feet of lumber, valued at $800. Power was provided by a 1 5/16th turbine water-powered mill, turning 150 times per minute, generating twelve horsepower.
Research Date: MCJ 02-12-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson