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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: LI-43
Corporate Name: J. H. Williams Lumber Company, Inc.
Local Name:
Owner Name: J. H. Williams, president (1966); Charles E. Williams, President (1973)
Location: Devers
County: Liberty
Years in Operation: 10 years
Start Year: 1966
End Year: 1975
Decades: 1960-1969,1970-1979
Period of Operation: 1960s and 1970s
Town: Devers
Company Town: 0
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: In 1966, furniture dimension & glued-up stock and, in 1973, pattern stock and siding
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Steam, electric
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 35000: 1966
Capacity Comments: 35,000 feet daily
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: In 1966, circular sawmill, resaw, edger, planer, and a band was added in 1973
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: The J. H. Williams Lumber Company operated a sawmill complex at Devers during the 1960s and 1970s, according to trade journal and directory reports. The company worked with southern pine. Equipment included a machine ship, glue jointer, four lift trucks, two dry kilns, thirty electric motors, and three logging trucks.
Research Date: MCJ 03-14-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson