Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: GR-27
Corporate Name: James Firogard (?)
Local Name:
Owner Name: James Firogard (?)
Location: Unknown
County: Grimes
Years in Operation: 2 years
Start Year: 1869
End Year: 1870
Decades: 1860-1869
Period of Operation: 1869 to 1870
Town: Unknown
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: 400,000 feet of lumber 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 with probably a sash saw
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: None
Historicial Development: The sawmill of James Firogard (manuscript spelling of owner's name almost illegible), according to the 1870 Census, had a $2,000 capital investment, in its sawmill in Grimes County and $500 in raw materials. Employing eight men who earned a total annual wage of $2,550 in twelve months, the sawmill cut 400,000 feet of lumber worth $6,000.
Research Date: MCJ 03-06-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson