Woman - Powered Sawmill


| July/August 1962



Saw Mill

Taking advantage of the time the mill is shut down (for belt repairs) to climb the conveyor that takes sawdust from the mill in order to remove a a piece of bark that was clogging it.

Courier-Journal Staff Writer

MOST OF THE HELP EZRA RUST GETS IN HIS SIMPSON COUNTY OPERATION IS FROM THE FAMILY'S FEMININE SIDE

If EZRA RUST doesn't rate as an authority on the various kinds of power, then he should do very well as a pinch-hitter until some real authority turns up.

For Mr. Rust is a gray-headed party who, one way and another, deals daily with at least three brands of power at the little sawmill he operates down in the south western corner of Simpson County.

The assorted powers, not especially in order, are: horse, man and woman. To explain: the horsepower comes from a couple of ancient steam engines which drive the sawmill; the man power comes from Rust and his son-in-law, James Spivey; the woman power comes from Rust's daughter and granddaughter, and sometimes even his wife.

The men and women of the Rust family provide the entire work force for the mill, which is near Price's Grain Mill on the Red River. The various are passed around without regard to sex. All the women really know the time of day when it comes to the various phases of sawmilling.