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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: JA-59
Corporate Name: James Lee
Local Name:
Owner Name: James Lee
Location: Subdivision No. 23, 1870, U. S. Census
County: Jasper
Years in Operation: 12 years
Start Year: 1859
End Year: 1870
Decades: 1850-1859,1860-1869,1870-1879
Period of Operation: 1859 to 1870
Town: Subdivision No. 23, 1870 Census
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: Water
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 
Capacity Comments: 80,000 feet of lumber during the reporting period of the 1860 Census and 190,000 feet of lumber in the 1870 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: Lee's water-powered mill was one of a very few to survive the Civil War. In 1860, he manufactured only pine lumber; by 1870, he had expanded his milling operation to producing cornmeal. In 1860, valuing his mill at $1,000, Lee produced 80,000 feet of pine lumber valued at $800. He employed three men at a total monthly wage of $45. The mill had raw materials valued at $200. In 1870, although adding grist-mill equipment, Lee depreciated his capital investment to $900. Raw materials included $1,500 bushels of all grains valued at $1,000, and pine logs at $25. It produced 190,000 feet of lumber valued at $1,900 and ground meal valued at $1,500. In ten months of operations, three men earned a total of $400.
Research Date: MCJ 01-08-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson