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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: WK-104
Corporate Name: Roark Bailey & Co.
Local Name:
Owner Name: Francis Bailey and Rufus Roark
Location: Precinct 1
County: Walker
Years in Operation: 2 years
Start Year: 1859
End Year: 1860
Decades: 1850-1859,1860-1869
Period of Operation: 1859 to 1860
Town: Precinct 1
Company Town: 0
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: 16-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: 560,000 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: Sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: None
Historicial Development: Francis Bailey was enumerated as a “sawmiller” in Precinct 1 of Walker County in the 1860. W. T. Block believes that Rufus Roark is the best possibility among several Roarks in the County to be Bailey's partner. This sawmill operation, according to the 1860 Census Products of Industry Schedule, was d to be a capital investment of $5,000, with $1,250 invested in 2,350 sawlogs. Four men were employed at a total monthly wage of $160. The sawmill manufactured 560,000 feet of lumber valued at $6,750.
Research Date: MCJ 03-31-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson