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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: WK-31
Corporate Name: Dunn & Johnston
Local Name:
Owner Name: William S. Dunn and James Johnston
Location: Unknown
County: Walker
Years in Operation: 2 years
Start Year: 1859
End Year: 1860
Decades: 1850-1859,1860-1869
Period of Operation: 1859 to 1860
Town: Unknown
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: 24-horsepower steam engine
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 5000: 1860
Capacity Comments: 1,000,000 feet of lumber during the reported period of the Census
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: None
Historicial Development: The forty-seven year-old Dunn and the twenty-one year-old Johnston were enumerated in the 1860 County census as steam sawmillers who lived next to each other in Precinct 1. S. O. Sandell, who boarded with Johnston, was the mill's sawyer. This sawmill operation, according to the 1860 Census Products of Industry Schedule, was d to be a capital investment of $10,200, with $2,600 invested in 5,000 sawlogs. Six men were employed at a total monthly wage of $165. The sawmill manufactured 1,000,000 feet of lumber valued at $10,000.
Research Date: MCJ 03-30-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson