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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SH-164
Corporate Name: Lewis & Ross
Local Name:
Owner Name: Lewis & Ross
Location: Unknown
County: Shelby
Years in Operation: 1 year
Start Year: 1906
End Year: 1906
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1906
Town: Unknown
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: Atlas 42-inch by 12-ft steam boiler, an Ames 10-inch by 12-inch 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: Unknown
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Dixie #2 sawmill with four circular saws, a saw gumming machine, and lumber dollies
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: This Lewis & Ross operation, operating in 1906 in Shelby County, is probably not the same or a continuation of the Ashford & Lewis or the C. A. Lewis sawmills. The Dixie #2 sawmill of Lewis & Ross does not match the sawmills of the other two, which were an American Standard #2 sawmill or a #2 Curtiss sawmill. The Ross here is probably James Booker Ross who owned sawmill north of Center and east of Shelbyville. Neither of these mills seem to be compatible with the one: the sawmill north of Center included a planer and the one east of Shelbyville did its own logging. No record exists that indicates the Lewis & Ross operation did any of its own logging. This equipment was mortgaged to the B. A. Barnes Lumber Company for $1,100 on September 17, 1906, and included a Dixie #2 sawmill with four circular saws, an Atlas 42-inch by 12-ft steam boiler, an Ames 10-inch by 12-inch steam engine, a saw gumming machine, and lumber dollies.
Research Date: MCJ 03-01-96
Prepared By: M Johnson