Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: CK-62
Corporate Name: D. A. Barron
Local Name: Lodi Mill
Owner Name: D. A. Barron
Location: Two miles north of Wildhurst, between Alto and Wells, near Forest
County: Cherokee
Years in Operation: 16 years
Start Year: 1930
End Year: 1945
Decades: 1920-1929,1940-1949
Period of Operation: Late 1930s to early 1940s
Town: Two miles north of Wildhurst, between Alto and Wells, near Forest
Company Town: 1
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: Gasoline
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 
Capacity Comments: Unknown
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Portable circular sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: Both L. Moore and F. Cartwright remembered a “Barrins” mill that operated in southwestern Cherokee County in the 1930s. Moore stated it was located between Wells and Alto. Cartwright believed it was two miles north of Wildhurst, operated until the 1930s, and had a gasoline-powered, portable, circular sawmill. Cartwright also stated that the plant had a commissary and tenant houses. Grady Felder recalled that D. A. Barron “had little mills all over that country down there [meaning Forest and Wildhurst]. After he got too old to run the sawmill then, he started buying timber and would hire logging contractors to put it out for him. Old man Barron had a pretty good-sized operation at one time. . . . down at Forest.”
Research Date: MCJ 01-24-96
Prepared By: M Johnson