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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: CK-138
Corporate Name: Garrett Holcomb
Local Name:
Owner Name: Garrett Holcomb, later of Alto Gin and Crate Company
Location: Alto
County: Cherokee
Years in Operation: 1 year
Start Year: 1900
End Year: 1900
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1900
Town: Alto
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 3500 in 1928; 1053 in 1934
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber and cotton
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Unknown
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, cotton gin and planer
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: St. Louis Southwestern (Cotton Belt)
Historicial Development: Garrett Holcomb (1866-1925) operated a sawmill and cotton gin for some years two miles west of Alto off Highway 21. This mill may have been the foundation of the very successful rotary veneer mill, the Alto Gin & Crate Factory, which Holcomb founded about 1928. Holcomb mortgaged with Dilley in 1899 and 1900 in order to acquire a boiler and planing mill equipment. He may have already had the sawmill in his possession.
Research Date: JKG 10-12-93, MCJ 01-25-96
Prepared By: J. Gerland, M. Johnson