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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: LI-84
Corporate Name: Rollo Bros. Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: William and John T. Rollo
Location: Near Keno, about four miles south of Cleveland on the Houston East & West Texas
County: Liberty
Years in Operation: 7 years
Start Year: 1899
End Year: 1905
Decades: 1890-1899,1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1899 to about 1905
Town: Near Keno
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Rough and finished lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Probably steam
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 
Capacity Comments: Unknown
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill and planing mill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Houston East & West Texas
Historicial Development: This small operation is listed in the 1900 Manuscript Census and was closed probably by 1905 or 1906. The 1899 county tax roll listed the steam engine and boiler under W. M. Rollo as worth $200. It had a planing mill, a tram road, and a school. Robert Hart was the planing mill foreman; George Howes, the engineer; Charles Howes, schoolteacher; John W. Reese, locomotive engineer; John Beason, Wilson Brown, Wilsey Williams, the sawyers; Pete Lock, carriage runner; Billy Adkins, block setter; and Jay Mosely, fireman.
Research Date: MCJ 03-14-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson