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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: HA-88
Corporate Name: Mauthe
Local Name:
Owner Name: William, Jacob, & Herman Mauthe. S. B. Cain, J. Elliott, and J. J. Deckard. S. B. Cain and J. Elliott. Barrette Gibbs.
Location: One and a half miles west of Hallsville
County: Harrison
Years in Operation: 38 years
Start Year: 1870
End Year: 1907
Decades: 1870-1879,1880-1889,1890-1899,1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1870 to 1907
Town: West of Hallsville
Company Town: 1
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: 1,500,000 in 1879 to 1880 Census reporting period.
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Circular and muley sawmill. By 1906, sawmill, planing mill, and a pony planer.
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Texas & Pacific, using Abney Switch
Historicial Development: Kingsland & Ferguson sold a sawmill to Barrette Gibbs, who sold it to S. B. Cain and J. Elliott in 1870. The Cain & Elliott sawmill was listed in an 1880 Chicago lumberman directory at Hallsville. During the 1880 Census, the sawmill, d a capital value of $1,500, employed twenty workers at peak production and twelve men normally. In nine months, the mill produced 1,500,000 feet of lumber from $8,500 worth of supplies and sawlogs. The workers, for twelve hours daily in the summer and ten in the winter, were paid $1.25 to $2.50 and received a total wage of $3,500. Cain and Elliott soon took J. J. Deckard as a partner. The mill was sold on December 16, 1880, to Jacob, Henry, and William Mauthe for $7,250. Equipment included the mill buildings, a 44-inch by 20-foot steam boiler, eighteen oxen, and six wagons. Timber was located about three-quarters of a mile from the sawmill. 1883 was a year of growth as the Mauthes took mortgages for supplies and a portable sawmill. The Lumbermen's Credit Ratings for 1905 and 1907 show a William Mauthe at Marshall in 1905 and 1907. By 1906, William Mauthe's plant, according to county mortgage records, had a sawmill, planing mill, and pony planer.
Research Date: MCJ 02-05-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson