In recent years
several have had portable band saw mills. During the past decade David Goodine
has had one set up behind his house at 1587 Airline Road, where Isaiah Bailey’s
house once stood. Here on the left we see his tractor in his original building
Sidney and his son Harold Cheney ran a sawmill on the shore of Pocomoonshine Lake prior to 1913 and as late as 1935. At times it was advertised as Harriman and Cheney, the Harriman was Sidney’s brother-in-law Fred. Floyd Hunnewell stated that Cheney sawed long lumber, boards and dimension, for the local trade. This mill produced the shooks for the fish boxes used by Fred Harriman in his business. The mill was powered with a big steam boiler that burned 4-foot wood. The power was transferred to the saw by a series of belts and pulleys. Joe Hunnewell once got his clothing caught between the belt and a pulley. He escaped uninjured, but a big Canadian penny in his pocket was bent double.
According to the Perkins Family History by Pliney Frost, George Harold Perkins ran a shingle mill at his home place for several years after World War 11. This is now the site of Austin Frost's seasonal home at 1588 Airline Road.
Louis Cataldo of Grand Lake Stream set up a mill to saw cedar on the north side of Route Nine in Alexander, just west of Lanes Brook. This was about 1986. The mill, pictured at top right, was electric powered and still stands in 2014 at 1369 Airline Road. Cataldo sawed for only a year or so.