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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: CK-37
Corporate Name: Aber Box & Crate Factory
Local Name:
Owner Name: Aber Box & Crate Factory: Edgar Aber, Fred Haberle, sons Glenn and F. L. Haberle.
Location: Jacksonville
County: Cherokee
Years in Operation: 81 years
Start Year: 1896
End Year: 1976
Decades: 1890-1899,1900-1909,1910-1919,1920-1929,1930-1939,1940-1949,1950-1959,1960-1969,1970-1979
Period of Operation: 1896 to 1976
Town: Jacksonville
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 1,568 in 1905; 6000 in 1928; 6748 in 1934
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Boxes and crates
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: 
Capacity Comments: Unknown
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Box and crate factory, and, after 1928, with a sawmill and planing mill.
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: International & Great Northern, Texas & New Orleans, St Louis Southwestern
Historicial Development: The Aber Box & Crate Factory built crates for vegetable and fruit growers throughout Texas from the first decade of the new century. Established in 1896, this was the first such factory west of the Mississippi River. The original owners were Edgar Aber and Fred Haberle. Fred Haberle became sole owner after 1904. The warehouses could store seventy carloads of baskets in inventory. In 1906, the Aber Box & Basket Factory was located on Devereux and Brown streets at Jacksonville. Machinery and buildings included the planing mill, a lumber shed, a box factory, the machine shop, drying rack, blacksmith shop, and a dry kiln. 110 workmen were employed in 1951. In 1954, Glenn (forty percent) and Francis (thirty-two percent) Haberle owned 72 percent of stock of Aber Box and Basket Company. The remainder was owned by other members of the family. The mill closed in 1976.
Research Date: JKG 9-1-93, MCJ 01-24-96
Prepared By: J. Gerland, M Johnson