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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: CK-42
Corporate Name: Alexander Brothers Crate Factory
Local Name:
Owner Name: Alexander Brothers Crate Factory developed into the O. L. & J. R. Alexander planing mill, box and crate factory of 1928. Sam, Robert, Melvin, Joe, and Blake Alexander
Location: Jacksonville, 100' south of the intersection of the IGN and the TNO
County: Cherokee
Years in Operation: 3 years
Start Year: 1906
End Year: 1908
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: About 1906 to 1930
Town: Jacksonville
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 1,568 in 1906; 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: 35-horsepower steam engine
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 with sawmill and planing mill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: International & Great Northern (Missouri & Pacific), Texas & New Orleans (Southern Pacific), St Louis Southwestern (Cotton Belt)
Historicial Development: The Alexander Brothers Crate Factory built crates for vegetable and fruit growers throughout Texas. Their plant was located about 100 feet immediately south of the intersection of the railroad tracks of the International & Great Northern and Texas & New Orleans. “The town of Jacksonville, Texas,” reported the Southern Industrial and Lumber Review in 1908, “had had its prosperity increased considerably the past few years by the addition to its manufacturing industries of two excellent crate factories. The Aber Box and Crate factory and the Alexander Brothers factory are both in steady operation this year, and they are kept busy supplying the orders turned in to them by truck and fruit growers of Texas. There is an excellent market in their immediate vicinity for practically all of the crates they can manufacture . . .”.
Research Date: JKG 9-1-93, MCJ 01-24-96
Prepared By: J. Gerland , M Johnson