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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: BO-18
Corporate Name: Charles H. Proetz Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Charles H. Proetz, Sr., Sales Manager
Location: Texarkana
County: Bowie
Years in Operation: 27 years
Start Year: 1940
End Year: 1966
Decades: 1940-1949,1950-1959,1960-1969
Period of Operation: 1940s to 1960s
Town: Texarkana (Nash)
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Railroad ties, timbers, railway and car stock, green dimension
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Other
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: 25000: 1960
Capacity Comments: About 25,000 feet daily
Produced:
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Band, planer, resaw
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: The Charles H. Proetz Lumber Company sawmill suffered a $50,000-loss fire on October 11, 1953. The damage was repaired, and by 1960, the mill produced 4,189,000 board feet of lumber The mill was possibly a portable mill. A Southern Lumberman ad in 1963 noted that the yellow pine and hardwood lumber was produced by bandsaw, planer, and resaw.
Research Date: JKG 12-9-93, MCJ 03-07-96
Prepared By: J. Gerland, M. Johnson