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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: CK-10
Corporate Name: Whiteman-Decker Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Whiteman-Decker Lumber Company
Location: Alto: on Mill Pond Road, south of pond
County: Cherokee
Years in Operation: 23 years
Start Year: 1933
End Year: 1955
Decades: 1930-1939,1940-1949,1950-1959
Period of Operation: From 1933 to about 1955
Town: Alto
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Cut and finished pine, white and red oak, gum, and hickory
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: 25000: 1934
Capacity Comments: 25,000 feet of lumber daily
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Circulars sawmill with planers, logging tram
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: St. Louis Southwestern (Cotton Belt)
Historicial Development: The Whiteman-Decker Lumber Company built a new mill at Alto in 1933 and appeared in the 1934 edition of the Lumbermen's Credit Rating Book. The Gulf Coast Lumberman obituary on W. T. Whiteman, in April, 1951, reported that W. T. Whiteman, after ending his experience in the Blount-Decker mill at Alto in 1922, later operated a “modest circular sawmill” at Alto from 1933 until he retired in 1945. This sawmill was located near the former mill site of Blount-Decker Lumber Company at Alto.
Research Date: JKG 10-13-93, MCJ 12-08-95
Prepared By: J. Gerland, M. Johnson