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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
Other
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
Produced:
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