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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: HO-150
Corporate Name: W. J. Foster & Brother
Local Name:
Owner Name: W. J. Foster & Brother
Location: Crockett
County: Houston
Years in Operation: 2 years
Start Year: 1859
End Year: 1860
Decades: 1850-1859,1860-1869
Period of Operation: 1859 to 1860
Town: Crockett
Company Town: 0
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Furniture, wardrobes, cribs, tables, bedsteads, and coffins
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Probably steam
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 
Capacity Comments: Foster used 3,000 feet of rough 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: Cabinet shop
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: None
Historicial Development: The Census of 1860 enumerated the cabinet shop of W. J. Foster & Brother at Crockett in Houston County. Foster's operation was d a capitalized value of $4,225. He employed three workers at a total monthly wage of $50. Foster used 3,000 feet of rough lumber, which was fashioned into furniture, wardrobes, tables, bedsteads, cribs, and coffins. Foster advertised in the Crockett Printer of November 11, 1860, quoted in Aldrich, that he had “a good assortment of furniture, consisting of wardrobes, bedsteads. . .cribs and tables. . . . Coffins are made at shortest notice in any style desired.”
Research Date: MCJ 02-21-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson