Joseph Dow's History of Hampton: Carpenters -- Steam Sawmill / Brown's Steam Sawmill Business
Carpenters -- Steam Sawmill
In 1879, in partnership with James W. Berry, he built the steam sawmill, which has become so important a feature of the town. Some told them they were "fools for their pains;" but the enterprise was successful, and has long since proved itself a necessity. The mill was run, at first, with a thirty horse power engine.
At the end of two years, the partnership was dissolved, Berry remaining in the mill business, and Dearborn retaining an interest in the lumber-yard and leasing the upper story of the mill for a workshop. Two years later, Mr. Berry put in a forty horse power engine, and he now saws from five to six hundred thousand feet, annually, of all sorts, mostly pine.
Brown's Steam Sawmill Business
Either in his own name or in company with others, Mr. Brown has employed steam sawmills in operating wood-lots in Hampton, Stratham, Greenland, Exeter, North Hampton, Seabrook and Salisbury, besides the towns above mentioned.