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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: CH-3
Corporate Name: C. J. Robertson and Roy McDonald
Local Name:
Owner Name: Charles Robertson and Roy McDonald.
Location: Turtle Bayou, east of Wallisville
County: Chambers
Years in Operation: 19 years
Start Year: 1916
End Year: 1934
Decades: 1910-1919,1920-1929,1930-1939
Period of Operation: 1916 to 1934
Town: Turtle Bayou
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: 60000: 1934
Capacity Comments: 60,000 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: None
Historicial Development: C. J. Robertson and Roy McDonald bought salvageable equipment and material from the C. R. Cummings mill at Wallisville, which had been destroyed in the great storm of 1915. With it, they built a sawmill on Turtle Bayou capable of cutting 60,000 board feet daily in order to harvest thirty million feet of short leaf pine located on the Trinity River. It was listed in the The Lumbermen's Credit Rating Book, October 1934.
Research Date: JKG 12-10-93, MCJ 04-02-96
Prepared By: J. Gerland, M Johnson