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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: HA-23
Corporate Name: C. W. B. Smith
Local Name:
Owner Name: C. W. B. Smith
Location: Hallsville or Precinct 4, 1880 Census
County: Harrison
Years in Operation: 2 years
Start Year: 1879
End Year: 1880
Decades: 1870-1879,1880-1889
Period of Operation: 1879 to not later than 1885
Town: Hallsville
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Pine Lumber
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: 800,000 feet of lumber 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
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Texas & Pacific
Historicial Development: The W. B. Smith sawmill was listed in an 1880 Chicago lumberman directory at Hallsville. The census that year listed the sawmill, d a capital value of $1,000, as cutting 800,000 feet of lumber, valued at $8,000, from $4,500 worth of supplies and sawlogs. The circular saw was powered by steam. Smith employed fifteen men at peak production and nine men normally. They were paid $1.15 to $2.00 daily for ten-hour shifts and received a total wage of $1,400.
Research Date: MCJ 02-05-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson