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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: CK-16
Corporate Name: W. D. Wells
Local Name:
Owner Name: W. D. Wells and possibly G. T. Avery
Location: 79 and 4306, west of New Summerfield crossroads
County: Cherokee
Years in Operation: 4 years
Start Year: 1906
End Year: 1909
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1906 to 1909
Town: West of New Summerfield
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Rough and finished lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Steam
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 20000: 1906
Capacity Comments: 20,000 feet daily
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill and planer
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Texas and New Orleans (later Southern Pacific)
Historicial Development: W. D. Wells was reported by the Southern Industrial and Lumber Review to be cutting 20,000 feet of lumber daily at Jacksonville in 1906. A map published in 1906 locates W. D. Wells' cotton gin at the corner of East Street and Commerce Street in Jacksonville. In fact, the sawmill, according to county records, was located in the William Gates League, east of Jacksonville. The lumber would have been shipped by rail from Gallatin, several miles to the southwest or moved by wagon to Jacksonville. In June, 1907, Wells mortgaged to Miller-Brooks his sawmill, planer, three log wagons, and eleven yoke of oxen, located on the William Gates League. Miller-Brooks operated a lumber facility at Jacksonville.
Research Date: JKG 8-23-93, MCJ 12-08-95
Prepared By: J. Gerland, M Johnson