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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: CK-112
Corporate Name: Durham Sons and Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Durham Sons and Company. Shelman Angus Durham, William Singleton Durham and probably Nathan Matthew Durham.
Location: On Larrimore Creek, near Forest
County: Cherokee
Years in Operation: 5 years
Start Year: 1880
End Year: 1884
Decades: 1880-1889
Period of Operation: 1880s
Town: On Larrimore Creek, near Forest
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Rough lumber and cornmeal
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Steam engine and boiler
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 
Capacity Comments: Unknown
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill and grist mill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: St. Louis Southwestern (Cotton Belt) at Durham Switch
Historicial Development: The Durham family sawmilled in Cherokee County during the 1880s and 1890s. The men of the family were William W. Durham (1827-1910); sons Shelman Angus, William Singleton, Matthew Nathan, and John W. In the 1880 Census, they lived at precinct 8, residence 85. They lived on Larrimore Creek, seven miles south of Alto. The father soldiered in the Mexican War and in the Civil War, for the South, where he was wounded at Decatur, Alabama. William Singleton Durham was postmaster at Forest in 1889. N. W., S. A., and W. S. Durham mortgaged in 1883 to A. S. Cole for $3,172 an “Ames steam saw & grist mill, engine & boiler, 1 carry log, 4 oxen & all lumber sawed.” The Durham Sons and Company sawmill at Alto appeared in an 1884 lumber directory at Alto. W. W. Durham and his sons, in 1880, lived at Precinct 8, residence 85. Durham Switch on the Cotton Belt probably was named for the family.
Research Date: JKG 10-25-93, MCJ 02-10-96
Prepared By: J. Gerland, M. Johnson