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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: HA-119
Corporate Name: W. S. Rush
Local Name:
Owner Name: W. S. Rush. Ruff lists him as W. S. Rust.
Location: Hallsville or 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: Hallsville
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: 30-horsepower steam engine
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 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: A muley and circular sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Texas & Pacific
Historicial Development: The W. S. Rush sawmill was listed in an 1880 Chicago lumberman directory but not in an 1884 railroad listing. The Manuscript Census of 1880, reporting for June 1, 1879 to May 31, 1880, detailed the business operations of the sawmill. The sawmill, d a capital value of $2.50, employed twelve men, one child, and one woman. The employees received daily wages of $1.25 to $1.50 for nine hour days in the winters and eleven hour days in the summer. Rush paid a total wage of $3,000. From a total value of $8,000 of supplies and sawlogs, the sawmill manufactured 1,500,00 feet of lumber, worth a gross value of $15,000. The sawmill worked nine of the twelve months during the reporting period. Harrison County, Texas, Caucasian Residents in 1880 lists W. S. Rust, living at Hallsville, as a “lumber mfgr.”
Research Date: MCJ 02-05-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson