Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: GR-5
Corporate Name: B. H. Ahrenbeck
Local Name:
Owner Name: B. H. Ahrenbeck
Location: Enumeration District #58
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 #58
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: 
Capacity Comments: Small amount
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: B. H. Ahrenbeck, according to the Census of 1880, owned and operated a sawmill in Enumeration District #58 of Grimes County. The mill was d to be of a value of $3,700. The work force consisted of three to five men, who earned $1 to $3 per each 8-10 hour day; they were paid a combined wage of $50. This small mill operated for three-quarters of one month during the reporting period. From $325 worth of raw materials, the circular and muley saws cut lumber valued at $500. The workforce did its own logging along the Brazos River.
Research Date: MCJ 03-04-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson