Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SH-48
Corporate Name: D. E. Busby
Local Name:
Owner Name: D. E. Busby
Location: One mile south of Center
County: Shelby
Years in Operation: 21 years
Start Year: 1930
End Year: 1950
Decades: 1930-1939,1940-1949,1950-1959
Period of Operation: 1930s to 1950s
Town: South of Center
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 4,323 in Census of 1950
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Gasoline, then steam
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 
Capacity Comments: Unknown
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: D. E. Busby, according to Hubert Busby, operated a sawmill plant just south of Center, beginning in the early 1930s. Busby rebuilt the plant in order to use steam. It burned in 1934, was rebuilt and remained active until the early 1950s.
Research Date: MCJ 02-29-96
Prepared By: M Johnson