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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: CK-130
Corporate Name: Frank Ross
Local Name:
Owner Name: Frank Ross
Location: Larissa at Mud Creek: Enumeration District 15, 1880 Census
County: Cherokee
Years in Operation: 6 years
Start Year: 1880
End Year: 1885
Decades: 1880-1889
Period of Operation: 1880 to 1885
Town: Larissa at Mud Creek
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: 1880: 20-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: Unknown
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: 1884: #3 Kingsland & Ferguson sawmill, and 18-foot carriage, a 54-inch saw, two head blocks, belts and pulleys.
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: None
Historicial Development: Frank Ross had $1000 invested in a 20-horsepower steam sawmill in Cherokee County in 1880 at Larissa on Mud Creek, about nine miles northwest of Jacksonville. The mill ran only six months (two of those being at half time) during the census year ending May 31, 1880. Ross employed eight hands (including two children under the age of sixteen), and paid $1.00 to $3.00 per day in wages, totaling $600 for the year. The average work day was ten hours. Ross did his own logging. By 1884, F. S. Ross had partnered with Joseph Turney Ross. Ross and Turney mortgaged for $115 to J. A. Templeton on “all lbr sawed by steam mill near A. Caseys” on April 22, 1884. The next day, they mortgaged for $314 to Mitchell & Scragg on a #3 Kingsland & Ferguson sawmill, and 18-foot carriage, a 54-inch saw, two head blocks, belts and pulleys. Ross and Turney continued to mortgage equipment in 1884 and 1885.
Research Date: JKG 9-23-93, MCJ 01-25-96
Prepared By: J. Gerland, M Johnson