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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SH-228
Corporate Name: Smith & Smith
Local Name:
Owner Name: Smith & Smith
Location: Precinct No. 2, U. S. Census, 1870, in or near Shelbyville
County: Shelby
Years in Operation: 2 years
Start Year: 1869
End Year: 1870
Decades: 1860-1869,1870-1879
Period of Operation: 1869 to 1870
Town: In or near Shelbyville
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber and grain and cotton
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: 10-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: 60,000 feet of lumber and 750 bushels of cornmeal 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: Sawmill and grist mill and cotton gin
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: None
Historicial Development: Smith & Smith operated a multi-purpose steam mill (valued at $3,000) in Shelby County according to the 1870 Census, which manufactured lumber, ground grain, and ginned cotton. They employed three men for three months for a total wage of $1,200. Raw materials included $150 in logs, 5,200 bushels of corn worth $5,200, and hundreds of thousands of pounds of cotton. The mill produced 60,000 feet of lumber worth $600, $5,720 worth of cornmeal, and cotton seed worth $13,500 and ginned cotton worth $18,300.
Research Date: MCJ 03-02-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson