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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: CS-101
Corporate Name: Wickham & Byer
Local Name:
Owner Name: Wickham & Byer or possibly Bynum and Wickbain
Location: Precinct 4, 1880, near Queen City
County: Cass
Years in Operation: 2 years
Start Year: 1879
End Year: 1880
Decades: 1870-1879,1880-1889
Period of Operation: 1879 to 1880
Town: Precinct 4, 1880
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: 12-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: 400,000 board feet 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: Circular sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: None
Historicial Development: Census records reveal that the firm of Wickham & Byer ran a lumber mill in Precinct 4, Cass County, during the census year ending May 31, 1880. They had a d $1,800 invested in the steam-powered operation. Employing from six to eight men, the firm paid from $1.25 to $2.00 for a ten-hour shift; the firm paid a total wage of $800. From $2,000 in sawlogs and supplies, the sawmill cut 400,000 board feet valued at $3,600. Wickham or Wickbain is probably the individual referred to by John D. Hanes in his unpublished work. He noted that a Mr. Wickham opened a mill near Atlanta but places the date in 1885.
Research Date: JKG 12-29-93, MCJ 04-02-96
Prepared By: J Gerland, M Johnson