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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: GG-9
Corporate Name: Bovier Grayden
Local Name:
Owner Name: Bovier Grayden
Location: Precinct 6 with Longview as the post office
County: Gregg
Years in Operation: 2 years
Start Year: 1879
End Year: 1880
Decades: 1870-1879,1880-1889
Period of Operation: 1879 to 1880
Town: Precinct 6
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: 80-horsepower steam engine
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 10000: 1880
Capacity Comments: 2,400,000 board feet in a twelve-month period
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill with two circular saws and an 8-saw gang
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: This sawmill is listed as Bovier Grayden in the 1880 Census. The mill was in Precinct 6 with Longview as a post office. Declared a $20,000 capital value, it was powered with an 80-horsepower steam engine and used an 8-saw gang and two circular saws. During the reporting period, the sawmill cut 2,400,000 board feet of lumber, valued at $20,000, from raw materials worth $9,200. Twenty to thirty men worked at the mill and in the woods near the mill; they were paid from $1.30 to $4.00 per ten-hour day; they were paid a total combined wage of $6,000. Logging was done adjacent to the Sabine River, and the sawtimber was floated in rafts down the Sabine.
Research Date: MCJ 04-19-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson