Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: GR-15
Corporate Name: Fowler
Local Name:
Owner Name: Fowler
Location: Enumeration District 59 in Precinct 1
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: Precinct 1
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: 40-horsepower steam engine
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 5000: 1880
Capacity Comments: 900,000 feet produced during the reporting period of the Census (capable of 5,000 board feet per day)
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: An individual named Fowler owned and operated a sawmill facility in Precinct 1 of Grimes County from 1879 to 1880. The mill was d a capital value of $3,000 and powered by a steam boiler and engine, generating 40-horsepower. The mill force included ten to twelve men who earned 75 cents for each eight-to-ten hour day they worked. The work force was paid a total of $1800 in wages during the reporting period. The mill, operating at three-quarters time for twelve months, produced nine hundred thousand board feet of lumber from $5,250 worth of raw materials and was valued at $10,000. This mill conducted its own logging in Grimes County.
Research Date: MCJ 03-04-96
Prepared By: M Johnson