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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: LI-105
Corporate Name: W. F. Daniels Company [William Fleming Daniel]
Local Name:
Owner Name: W. F. Daniels Company
Location: Felicia, east of Devers
County: Liberty
Years in Operation: 1 year
Start Year: 1914
End Year: 1914
Decades: 1910-1919
Period of Operation: 1914
Town: Felicia
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: 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: 40000: 1914
Capacity Comments: 40,000 feet daily
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Southern Pacific
Historicial Development: Research by Kevin Ladd of Liberty County reveals that a W. F. Daniels Company operated a sawmill in 1914 at Felicia, just east of Devers. The information, based upon a Liberty Vindicator article of April 24, 1914, noted that the sawmill plant included a commissary and a tram road into the Big Thicket. The W. F. Daniels Company may be one of the several sawmill operations of a Nacogdoches County sawmiller by the name of William Fleming Daniel. Daniel owned a sawmill two miles west of Kountze, in neighboring Hardin County, during this time period. Byrne-Renfro Lumber Company of Kansas City wrote to William Fleming Daniel, at Nome, on June 5, 1914 in response to a Daniel letter, dated June 1, 1914, inquiring as to the disposal of a shipment of lumber. The possibility exists that Daniel may have owned another sawmill south of Kountze at Nome, in Jefferson County. It is more probable that the operation referred to Byrne-Renfro involved the Felicia operation, located just a few miles to the west of Nome on the tracks of the Southern Pacific. Mr. Ladd's notes includes the following: “see also interview notes, Liberty County Historical Commission, W. D. “Dode” Partelow 4/11/1972.”
Research Date: MCJ 03-14-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson