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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: PA-125
Corporate Name: Richard Mahan
Local Name:
Owner Name: Richard Mahan
Location: Unknown
County: Panola
Years in Operation: 2 years
Start Year: 1879
End Year: 1880
Decades: 1870-1879,1880-1889
Period of Operation: 1879 to 1880
Town: Unknown
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: 15-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: 350,000 feet of 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: Circular sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: None
Historicial Development: The firm of Richard Mahan, according to the 1880 Census, owned a steam-powered circular sawmill, valued at $1,500, in Panola County. He employed ten men at peak production and eight men normally, paying them $1.00 to $2.00 daily for ten-hour shifts during the summer and nine-hour shifts in the winter. During six months of half-time mill production, the sawmill, from a value of $2,000 in supplies and sawlogs, produced 350,000 feet of lumber valued at $3,500.
Research Date: MCJ 02-08-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson