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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: HR-62
Corporate Name: George Shipparce (Sheppard?)
Local Name:
Owner Name: George Shipparce (Sheppard?)
Location: Unknown
County: Harris
Years in Operation: 2 years
Start Year: 1849
End Year: 1850
Decades: 1840-1849,1850-1859
Period of Operation: 1849 to 1850
Town: Houston
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber and cornmeal
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: 36-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: 750,000 feet 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 grist mill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: None
Historicial Development: According to census records for the year ending June 1, 1850, George Shipparce's steam-powered sawmill consumed 600 cords of wood to produce 750,000 feet of lumber and 1,800 bushels of meal during the census year. Raw materials included 750 logs (at $3000), 600 cords of wood (at $1,300), and 1,500 bushels of corn. Shipparce employed six men (at $20 per month each) during that time, and d the mill's value at $3000. The d value of the lumber produced was $11,250 and the meal was $2,350.
Research Date: JKG 10-13-93, MCJ 05-09-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson, J. Gerland