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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: CK-320
Corporate Name: Robert B. Reagan
Local Name:
Owner Name: Robert B. Reagan
Location: One Eye Creek near Rusk on the west half of Beat No 1
County: Cherokee
Years in Operation: 2 years
Start Year: 1879
End Year: 1880
Decades: 1870-1879,1880-1889
Period of Operation: 1880
Town: One Eye 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
Other
Power Source: Unknown
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 
Capacity Comments: Unknown
Produced:
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: In 1880, Robert B. Reagan, age fifty-nine, operated a sawmill on the west half of Beat No. 1 on One Eye Creek. He lived at Precinct 1, Residence 112 in District 11, and owned and operated the Brandon Hotel in Rusk. His mill was d to be a capital value of $2,700. A boiler powered a 20-horsepower steam engine and a circular saw. The mill operated during all twelve months of the reporting period on daily 10-hour shifts. Reagan paid from 50 cents to $1.00 daily for unskilled and skilled laborers, who were paid a total wage of $1,000. Six of the ten workers were seventeen or older, four sixteen or younger. The mill manufactured 500,000 feet of lumber (worth $5,000) from $2,800 worth of sawlogs and mill supplies. Reagan did his own logging.
Research Date: MCJ 01-30-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson