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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: LI-35
Corporate Name: Grogan-Cochran Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Grogan Manufacturing Company. Grogan-Cochran Lumber Company, 1917: W. K. Grogan, George L. Grogan, T. R. Cochran.
Location: Gladstell, on the Houston East & West Texas
County: Liberty
Years in Operation: 27 years
Start Year: 1902
End Year: 1928
Decades: 1900-1909,1910-1919,1920-1929
Period of Operation: 1902 to 1928
Town: Gladstell
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: 400 in 1928
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Shortleaf yellow pine, gum, oak, and magnolia
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Steam
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 50000: 191550000: 1928
Capacity Comments: 50,000 feet daily in 1915 and 1928; planing mill had 100,000 feet daily capacity in 1928.
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: 1928: Circular sawmill, resaw, planing mill, edgers, trimmers, dry kilns, electric light plant.
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Houston East & West Texas
Historicial Development: The Grogan Manufacturing Company's mill at Gladstell appeared in a 1915 directory of sawmills as having a daily cutting capacity of 50,000 feet. Forty percent of the mill's business was in tie production. Its owners incorporated the Grogan-Cochran Lumber Company in 1917. The Gulf Coast Lumberman in 1917 reported that the company was running a mill at Gladstell and building one near Conroe. This plant was still operating in 1928 and was running a company town at Gladstell as well as operating a 15-mile logging tram road.
Research Date: JKG 12-14-93, MCJ 03-14-96
Prepared By: J Gerland, M Johnson