Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: GR-2
Corporate Name: Alex Williams
Local Name:
Owner Name: Alex Williams
Location: Enumeration District #64
County: Grimes
Years in Operation: 2 years
Start Year: 1879
End Year: 1880
Decades: 1870-1879,1880-1889
Period of Operation: 1879 to 1880
Town: Enumeration District #64
Company Town: 2
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: 30-horsepower steam engine
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 7000: 1880
Capacity Comments: Produced 1,500,000 feet 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 and muley sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: Alex Williams, according to the Census of 1880, owned and operated a sawmill in Enumeration District #64 of Grimes County. The mill was d to be of a value of $5,000. The work force consisted of sixteen to eighteen men, who earned 75 cents to $3 per each ten to eleven hour day; they were paid a combined wage of $3,000 during the reporting period. This mill operated at three-quarters time for seven months and one-half time for two months. From $7,600 worth of raw materials, the circular and muley saws cut 1,500,000 board feet of lumber valued at $15,000. The workforce did its own logging in the vicinity of the mill.
Research Date: MCJ 03-04-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson