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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: WD-9
Corporate Name: Brown & Newsom
Local Name:
Owner Name: Brown & Newsom
Location: Precinct No. 4, Census, 1880, Wood County
County: Wood
Years in Operation: 2 years
Start Year: 1879
End Year: 1880
Decades: 1870-1879,1880-1889
Period of Operation: 1879 to 1880
Town: Precinct No. 4, 1880 Census
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: 20-horsepower steam engine
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 
Capacity Comments: 100,000 feet during the reporting period of the Census
Produced:
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: Brown & Newsom's sawmill enumerated in Precinct 4 in Wood County during the 1880 Census may be the successor to the M. J. Brown sawmill of 1870 in the same precinct. Brown may have taken Newsom as a partner. The Census d the capital value of the sawmill to $3,000. Brown & Newsom employed five workers at peak production and three normally. The employees were paid a daily wage of $.75 for eight-hour shifts in the winter and ten-hour shifts in the summer. The employees received a total wage combined of $200 for the year. From $550 worth of sawlogs and supplies, the sawmill manufactured 100,000 board feet worth $1,000.
Research Date: MCJ 04-22-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson