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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SM-48
Corporate Name: John J. Flinn
Local Name:
Owner Name: John J. Flinn
Location: 1869 to 1870: Canton beat. 1880: Subdivision 96.
County: Smith
Years in Operation: 12 years
Start Year: 1869
End Year: 1880
Decades: 1860-1869,1870-1879,1880-1889
Period of Operation: 1869 to 1880
Town: Smith County
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown.
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Oak lumber in 1870
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Other
Power Source: 1870: 25-horsepower steam engine 1880: 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: 1870: 100,000 feet of lumber during the reporting period of the census of 1870. 1880: 500,000 feet of lumber during the reporting period of the census of 1880.
Produced:
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 John Flinn sawmill (worth a capital investment of $2,000) as recorded in the 1870 Census employed three men for four months at a total wage of $500. With raw materials including $1,000 in oak logs, the saw mill produced 100,000 feet of oak lumber worth $2,000. The John J. Flinn firm was again listed in the 1880 Census, this time in Subdivision 96. The mill, now d a capital value of $1,800, employed eight men at peak production and six men and one child normally. Workers were paid $.75 to $1.50 for eight-hour shifts, winter and summer. Flinn paid a total wage of $800. During six months of fulltime production, from a value of $2,800 worth of supplies and sawlogs, the sawmill milled five hundred thousand feet of lumber worth $5,000.
Research Date: MCJ 04-16-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson