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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: CK-53
Corporate Name: Avery & Day
Local Name:
Owner Name: Avery & Day
Location: Bean's Creek on old Rusk-Palestine road
County: Cherokee
Years in Operation: 2 years
Start Year: 1849
End Year: 1850
Decades: 1840-1849,1850-1859
Period of Operation: About 1849 to 1850
Town: Bean's Creek
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber and cornmeal and plank
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Steam
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 
Capacity Comments: 39,000 feet of plank 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 and grist mill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: None
Historicial Development: According to census records for the census year ending June 1, 1850, Avery & Day ran the only steam powered mill in Cherokee County. Their saw and grist mill was valued at $2000. Raw materials included 1560 logs ($580) and 15,600 bushels of corn ($9,360). During the census year they manufactured 39,000 feet of “plank” (valued at $480) and 18,200 bushels of meal ($10,920). They employed six men at $16 each per month.
Research Date: JKG 9-23-93, MCJ 01-24-96
Prepared By: J. Gerland, M. Johnson