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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: LI-36
Corporate Name: H.G. Bohlssen Hardwood Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Somewhere between Milvid and Fuqua with Bohlssen
Location: Liberty County area of Milvid and Fuqua
County: Liberty
Years in Operation: 6 years
Start Year: 1907
End Year: 1912
Decades: 1900-1909,1910-1919
Period of Operation: About 1907 to 1912
Town: Milvid, Fuqua
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Hardwood lumber
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: 35000: 1910
Capacity Comments: 35,000 to 45,000 feet daily
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Circular sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Santa Fe
Historicial Development: W. T. Block believes that H. G. Bohlssen was contracted by either Miller-Vidor Lumber or Kirby Lumber to cut hardwoods on the Trinity River plain of Liberty County. The sawmill cut about 35,000 to 45,000 feet daily. Bohlssen's Liberty County sawmill town had a hotel, a boarding house, post office, planing mill, and a tram road. The mill was dismantled about 1912, and later moved to Jasper. Some employees were Irwin Johnson, bookkeeper; George W. Brown, sawmill foreman; Fritz von Stein, yard foreman; Alvin Edger,sawmill engineer; Dr. J. P. Price, sawmill physician; D. W. Cupps, filer; Jas. Byrnes, hotel operator; J. W. Watson, grader; Henry Watson, grader; J. S. Brett, planer foreman; Frank Johnston, assistant planer foreman; R. N. Nickell, locomotive engineer.
Research Date: MCJ 03-14-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson