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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: RU-65
Corporate Name: James J. Harmon
Local Name:
Owner Name: James J. Harmon. John Harmon & Son.
Location: In 1880, at Precinct 6 in Rusk County. In 1870 at Precinct 4, post office Henderson.
County: Rusk
Years in Operation: 12 years
Start Year: 1869
End Year: 1880
Decades: 1860-1869,1870-1879,1880-1889
Period of Operation: 1879 to 1880
Town: Precinct 6
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
Other
Power Source: 25-horsepower steam engine in 1880. 24-horsepower steam engine in 1870.
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 
Capacity Comments: 50,000 feet of lumber during the reporting period of the Census in 1880. 150,000 feet of lumber during the reporting period of the Census in 1870.
Produced:
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Circular sawmill and grist mill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: International & Great Northern at Henderson
Historicial Development: John Harmon & Son were enumerated as having a sawmill and grist mill in Precinct 4, Rusk County, in 1870. The mills were worth, respectively, $2,000 and $1,000. The sawmill, from $1,500 in raw materials, milled 150,000 feet of lumber worth $2,500, and the grist mill, from $750 worth of corn, ground $950 worth of meal. Three men were paid a total wage of $300 for four months fulltime work. James J. Harmon operated a steam-powered sawmill, worth $500, in Rusk County during 1879-1880, according to the Census. The firm employed five men at peak production and four normally. The men earned $.75 daily, working eight-hour shifts. In four months, the sawmill manufactured from $450 worth of supplies and sawlogs a total of 50,000 feet of lumber, valued at $750.
Research Date: MCJ 02-12-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson