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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: CK-134
Corporate Name: G. Patten
Local Name:
Owner Name: G. Patten
Location: On Gum Creek, northwest of the ghost town of Gent, near present-day Maydelle
County: Cherokee
Years in Operation: 2 years
Start Year: 1849
End Year: 1850
Decades: 1840-1849,1850-1859
Period of Operation: About 1849 to the 1850s
Town: On Gum Creek
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber and cornmeal
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Water
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 
Capacity Comments: 10,800 bushels of corn
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: G. Patten operated a water-powered sawmill in Cherokee County during the census year ending June 1, 1850. During that time he employed two men, each earning $12 per month. It is not known how much lumber Patten manufactured, but his mill was valued at $1000. He had 9,000 bushels of corn, valued at $4,500. He ground 10,800 bushels worth $5,700.
Research Date: JKG 9-23-93, MCJ 01-25-96
Prepared By: J. Gerland, M. Johnson