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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: UP-23
Corporate Name: Couch & Henderson
Local Name:
Owner Name: Couch & Henderson. Possibly H. M. Couch of James. Both of the Couch mills were on the PBIO
Location: Ore City
County: Upshur
Years in Operation: 1 year
Start Year: 1928
End Year: 1928
Decades: 1920-1929
Period of Operation: 1928
Town: Ore City
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 525 in 1928
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Shortleaf yellow pine and a variety of hardwoods
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Unknown
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 1928: 15000
Capacity Comments: 15,000 feet daily
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Circular sawmill, edgers, trimmers
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Port Boliver Iron Ore Railway (abandoned in 1927)
Historicial Development: H. M. Couch was sawing shortleaf yellow pine and hardwoods at Ore City in 1928. This may be the Henderson Bros sawmill in Upshur County that burned, according to Fred McKenzie.
Research Date: MCJ 4-15-94
Prepared By: J. Gerland, M. Johnson