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Bachman and Pusey Planing Mill Business Records

Identifier: 003-MS 170
1 box


  • 1853-1883


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Business correspondence, bills, receipts, invoices, notices, legal documents, price lists, inventories, account books (1870-1879), mill workers' time book (1879-1883) and ephemera. The bulk of the correspondence reflects the activities of the Bachman & Pusey Planing Mill in the years before and during the American Civil War.

Biographical or Historical Information

John Baird Bachman and Joseph and Isaac Pusey began operating a planing mill in Columbia, Pa. in 1852.  The sawmill produced flooring boards, doors, sashes, blinds, and other house carpentry materials.  The lumber mill was initially located on Front Street and later relocated to the shores of the Susquehanna River near Columbia.  The Pusey brothers sold their share in the company after 1862 and departed from Columbia.  Not long afterwards, Bachman developed a partnership with George DeHuff and, thus, renamed the company the Bachman and DeHuff Planing Mill.  The mill remained in operation until the latter part of the 19th century.

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Part of the Millersville University Special Collections Repository

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