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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: HO-37
Corporate Name: Frank Powell
Local Name:
Owner Name: Frank Powell
Location: Enumeration District 22
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 22
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber and shingles
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: 600,000 feet of lumber and 1,500,000 shingles 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 and shingle mill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: International & Great Northern at Crockett
Historicial Development: Frank Powell operated a sawmill in Houston County during the enumeration period of the Census of 1880. The mill was capitalized at $4,000. Work required eight male employees, three of whom were children under the age of sixteen. Powell paid his workers seventy-five cents per each eight-hour day in the winter and ten-hour day in the summer, spending $1000 total in wages during the twelve months of mill operations. The power plant consisted of a twenty-five horsepower steam engine with a boiler. Cutting equipment included a circular saw and two shingle band saws. From raw materials and mill supplies worth $3,300, Powell's mill produced 600,000 feet of lumber and 1,500,00 for a gross value of $6000. Powell did his own logging near the mill.
Research Date: MCJ 02-20-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson