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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SM-8
Corporate Name: Baber Bros
Local Name:
Owner Name: Baber Bros
Location: Precinct 3
County: Smith
Years in Operation: 2 years
Start Year: 1879
End Year: 1880
Decades: 1880-1889
Period of Operation: 1879 to 1880
Town: Precinct 3
Company Town: 0
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: 65-horsephower 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: 500,000 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: Unknown
Historicial Development: The Baber Bros sawmill (worth a capital investment of $1,500) as recorded in the 1880 Census employed eight men at peak production and six men normally. They were paid $.75 to $2.00 daily for eight-hour shifts during the winter and ten-hour shifts during the summer. The firm paid $1,200 in total wages. From $2,750 in supplies and sawlogs, the saw mill produced in eight fulltime months a total of 500,000 feet of oak lumber worth $5,000.
Research Date: MCJ 04-16-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson