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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: CK-165
Corporate Name: Hillary Lindsey
Local Name:
Owner Name: H. T. Lindsey. Doyle Lindsey. R. P. Hardin. Also known as the Alto Lumber Company.
Location: Alto
County: Cherokee
Years in Operation: 23 years
Start Year: 1938
End Year: 1960
Decades: 1930-1939,1940-1949,1950-1959,1960-1969
Period of Operation: 1938 to 1960
Town: Alto
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Pine and hardwood posts and lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Electric
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: Circular sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: St Louis Southwestern
Historicial Development: By 1954, R. P. Hardin and Doyle Lindsey owned the Alto Lumber Company. In that year, Hardin sold his share to Doyle. Equipment included the sawmill, mill shed, one 185-horsepower Walker-Shaw motor, a carriage, eight saws, saw grinder, blower, double end trimmer, edger, one winch truck, a 1938 Chevrolet truck, a 1953 Ford truck, a trailer, a 1953 International truck, a loader, a boiler, one Cat motor, 400 feet of conveyor chain, and a Ford winch truck. The Lindseys, husband and wife, sold their share of the sawmill in Alto to H. A. Lindsey in 1955, according to Cherokee County bills of sale, as well as the Lindsey grocery located about a mile south of town. The Directory of Texas Manufacturers, 1956-1958 lists H. A. and Doyle Lindsey as sawmillers at Alto in 1956. The firm was established as partnership in 1938. In 1956, H. A. Lindsey managed operations with less than twenty-five workers making pine and hardwood lumber.
Research Date: MCJ 01-26-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson