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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: CK-119
Corporate Name: E. T. Yates Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: E. T. Yates Lumber Company
Location: Yates Mill Road near Rusk
County: Cherokee
Years in Operation: 3 years
Start Year: 1910
End Year: 1912
Decades: 1910-1919
Period of Operation: 1910 to 1912
Town: Yates Mill Road at Rusk
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: Probably 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: Sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: St Louis Southwestern
Historicial Development: The E. T. Yates Lumber Company at Rusk on Yates Mill Road is documented in the Census of 1910. Not much is known about this plant other than it was close to Powell Land and Lumber Company on Powell Mill Road, and that between the two lumber companies, the residential listings took six pages in the census. Quite a number must have been company tenant houses. E. T. Yates, manager of a sawmill, lived in residence 112. The Cherokee County records indicate that Yates may have had J. A. Bowman, a local sawmill man and lumber factor, as a partner. On August 5, 1911, J. A. Bowman & E. P. [misspelling of E. T.] Yates mortgaged to the First National Bank for $455 β€œ330,000 feet lumber.” Yates may have sold his mill in 1912 to Robert Jesse Ford and Jim Ford. Cherokee County chattel mortgage registers note the Fords mortgaged on February 24, 1912, to E. T. Yates Lumber Company for $5,000 β€œall lumber, 1 sawmill complete, all timber on 1,035 acres.”
Research Date: MCJ 01-25-96
Prepared By: M Johnson