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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SM-56
Corporate Name: McConkle & Wells
Local Name:
Owner Name: McConkle and Wells
Location: Starrville Beat, U. S. Census, 1860
County: Smith
Years in Operation: 2 years
Start Year: 1859
End Year: 1860
Decades: 1850-1859,1860-1869
Period of Operation: 1859 to 1860
Town: Starrville Beat
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Pine and oak lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: 18-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: 800,000 feet of lumber during the reporting period of the 1860 Census
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: None
Historicial Development: The saw mill of McConkle and Wells was enumerated in the Census of 1860. It was valued as a capital investment of $4,000. They kept six employees busy at a total monthly wage of $120. With raw materials including $700 in pine, $200 in oak, and $400 in other stock, the saw mill produced 700,000 feet of pine lumber worth $7,000 and 100,000 feet of oak lumber worth $2,000.
Research Date: MCJ 04-17-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson