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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: GG-52
Corporate Name: J. H. Rucker
Local Name:
Owner Name: J. H. Rucker
Location: Longview
County: Gregg
Years in Operation: 28 years
Start Year: 1880
End Year: 1907
Decades: 1880-1889,1890-1899,1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1880 to 1907
Town: Longview
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 2,300 in 1882. 3591 in 1905.
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Other
Power Source: Unknown
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 
Capacity Comments: Unknown
Produced:
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Texas & Pacific; Texas, Sabine Valley & Northwestern (Texas & Gulf in 1905, later Santa Fe
Historicial Development: The J. H. Rucker sawmill was listed in an 1880 Chicago lumberman directory but not in an 1884 railroad listing. The 1880 directory gives the county as Gregg, Upshur, or Harrison. Nancy Ruff's edited Harrison County, Texas, Caucasian Residents in 1880 lists J. H. Rucker as living at Hallville and working as a “boss of sawmill.” J. H. Rucker at Longview appears in the 1907 LCA listing.
Research Date: MCJ 04-19-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson