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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
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.
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