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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: HA-64
Corporate Name: J. H. Risckes
Local Name:
Owner Name: J. H. Risckes
Location: Precinct 4
County: Harrison
Years in Operation: 2 years
Start Year: 1879
End Year: 1880
Decades: 1870-1879,1880-1889
Period of Operation: 1879 to 1880
Town: Precinct 4
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: 25-horsepower steam engine
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 15000: 1880
Capacity Comments: 3,000,000 feet during the reporting period of the Census Estimated 15,000 board feet daily
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill with 4-gang and circular saws
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: J. H. Risckes, according to the Census of 1880, owned and operated a sawmill of a d value of $4,000 in Harrison County. The mill employed fifty men at peak production and twenty-five normally. They earned from $1.25 to $2.50 per day depending on their level of skill and worked eleven-hour shifts winter and summer. Risckes paid $6,000 in total wages. The mill, in six months, manufactured 3,000,000 feet of lumber worth $30,000 from $17,000 worth of sawlogs and supplies.
Research Date: MCJ 02-05-96
Prepared By: M Johnson