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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: CK-179
Corporate Name: J. B. Francis & Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: J. B. Francis & Company. J. B. Francis, Wesley Love, and J. P. Williams
Location: Two miles east of Mewshaw
County: Cherokee
Years in Operation: 1 year
Start Year: 1907
End Year: 1907
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1907 to 1909
Town: East of Mewshaw
Company Town: 2
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
Other
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
Produced:
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: J. B. Francis mortgaged in 1907 to Tipton Bros for $927 an engine, a boiler, a saw, belts, pulleys, and two mules. J. B. Francis & Company operated a sawmill two miles east of Mewshaw in 1908, according to sources from the Cherokee County Historical Commission. The Southern Industrial and Lumber Review reported in January, 1909, that the “Francis Lumber Company of Jacksonville, Texas, has been organized and incorporated recently with a capital stock of $10,000. J. B. Francis, Wesley Love, and J. P. Williams were the incorporators, whose “concern will manufacture and wholesale lumber.”
Research Date: MCJ 01-26-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson