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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SH-143
Corporate Name: Jas. T. Harris
Local Name:
Owner Name: Jas. T. Harris
Location: Center in the east side of town near the Ice & Electric Co.
County: Shelby
Years in Operation: 1 year
Start Year: 1928
End Year: 1928
Decades: 1920-1929
Period of Operation: 1920s
Town: Center
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 859 in 1905; 4000 in 1928; 2510 in 1934
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Shortleaf and longleaf yellow pine and hardwood lumber; timbers, shingles
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: 20000: 1928
Capacity Comments: 20,000 feet daily
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: 1928: Circular sawmill, edgers, trimmers
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Gulf, Coast & Santa Fe
Historicial Development: Jas. T. Harris operated a sawmill at Carthage in 1928, manufacturing lumber, shingles, and timbers. The Champion reported that the the J. T. Harris lumber yard was located in “the East End” of Center. . . . near the Center Ice & Electric Co, the Tol T Smith planer and lumber yard and the Morgan-Smith planer, lumber yard, and sawmill.
Research Date: MCJ 03-01-96
Prepared By: M Johnson