Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: GR-18
Corporate Name: ILLEGIBLE
Local Name:
Location: Plantersville Precinct
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: Plantersville Precinct
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: 45-horsepower steam engine
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 10000: 1880
Capacity Comments: Two million board feet produced 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: Sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: International & Great Northern
Historicial Development: The Schedules of Manufactures from the 1880 Census reveal that Plantersville Precinct had a sawmill that produced two million board feet of lumber in the reporting period. The ownership is uncertain because of the illegibility of the names on the manuscript. The mill was powered by a steam boiler and engine, generating forty-five horsepower. The mill force included fifteen to twenty-five men who earned between $1.25 to $3.00 per each ten-hour day and were paid a combine wage of $4,000. Two million board feet were produced from $12,500 worth of raw materials and was valued at $21,500.
Research Date: MCJ 03-06-96
Prepared By: M Johnson