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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SA-169
Corporate Name: S. W. Blount & Co.
Local Name:
Owner Name: S. W. Blount & Co.
Location: Unknown
County: San Augustine
Years in Operation: 12 years
Start Year: 1859
End Year: 1870
Decades: 1850-1859,1860-1869,1870-1879
Period of Operation: 1859 to 1870
Town: Unknown
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber and cornmeal
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Other
Power Source: Steam
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 5000: 1860
Capacity Comments: 1,000,000 feet in the reporting period of the Census of 1860 and 384,000 feet in the Census of 1870.
Produced:
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill and grist mill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: None
Historicial Development: S. W. Blount had a sawmill in San Augustine County from at least 1859 to the 1870s. The 1860 census records that Blount & Co. sawed 4000 logs at his mill with help of five employees, to whom he paid $135 total in monthly wages. His production value was $10,000 for 1,000,000 board feet. The 1870 census records that Blount had incorporated a grist mill into his milling operations. His lumber milling operation, capitalized at $2,600, produced 384,000 board feet with four employees paid $800 in total wages for eight months, for a production value of $3,840.
Research Date: MCJ 02-19-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson