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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
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.
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