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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: HO-35
Corporate Name: Enoch Broxson
Local Name:
Owner Name: Enoch Broxson
Location: Enumeration District 23
County: Houston
Years in Operation: 2 years
Start Year: 1879
End Year: 1880
Decades: 1870-1879,1880-1889
Period of Operation: 1879 to 1880
Town: Enumeration District 23
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: 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 of lumber during the reporting 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: Unknown
Historicial Development: Enoch Broxson operated a sawmill in Houston County during the enumeration period of the Census of 1880. The mill was capitalized at $1,000. Work required five male employees, two of whom were children under the age of sixteen. Broxson paid his workers seventy-five cents per each ten-hour day, spending $200 total in wages during the four months of mill operations. The power plant consisted of a 20-horsepower steam engine with a boiler. Cutting equipment included a circular saw. From raw materials and mill supplies worth $700, Payne's mill produced 100,000 feet of lumber for a gross value of $1,200. The mill did no remanufacturing. Broxson did his own logging near the mill. Aldrich noted that Broxson served as the county surveyor in 1892.
Research Date: MCJ 02-20-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson