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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
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
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