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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: CS-73
Corporate Name: J. M. Hooten
Local Name:
Owner Name: J. M. Hooten. Pettingill & Hoaton. Albert Pattengal. By 1884, he had a partner named Hoaton (Hooten), and Pattengal was spelled Pettingill in an 1884 railroad directory. 1899: Hooten. Torrans Manufacturing Company. Brown Lumber Company.
Location: Pettingill Switch, two miles north of Avinger, Enumeration District 11 in 1880, two miles north of Avinger
County: Cass
Years in Operation: 32 years
Start Year: 1879
End Year: 1910
Decades: 1870-1879,1880-1889,1890-1899,1900-1909,1910-1919
Period of Operation: 1879 to about 1910
Town: Pettingill Switch
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: 1880: Lumber and cornmeal. 1884: rough and dressed lumber. 1905: Rough lumber.
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: 1880: 15-horsepower steam engine in 1880. 1899: 44-in Sterne boiler , 11-in by 14-in Bland 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: 100,000 board feet produced in the reporting period of 1879 to 1880
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: 1880: circular sawmill and grist mill. 1884: sawmill and planing mill. 1900: rough and finished lumber.
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: East Texas & Red River; then Sherman, Shreveport & Southern; later Missouri, Kansas & Texas.
Historicial Development: Albert Pattengal's 15-horsepower steam sawmill in Enumeration District 11 of the census of 1880 operated for two months during that census year. It was valued at $1,500 and Pattengal paid from $0.90 to $1.50 per day in wages to four men for ten-hour shifts. He paid out a total of $200 in wages. Pattengal logged on his own lands. The sawmill produced, from $1400 worth of sawlogs and supplies, one hundred thousand board feet worth $900. The firm was listed as Pettingill and Hoaten in the Rand, McNally and Company's Directory and Shipping Guide of Lumber Mills and Lumber Dealers for 1884. J. M. Hooten, in 1899, executed a deed of trust to T. W. Allsup as Trustee in order to secure sawmilling equipment shipped in 1898 from Torrans Manufacturing Company of Jefferson, in Marion County. The record indicates that the siding was two and a half miles west of Avinger, while Pettingill Switch was located two miles north of Avinger. Equipment included a 44-inch Sterne boiler, an 111-inch by 14-inch Bland steam engine, the complete sawmill, and two log wagons with twelve oxen. County records further reveal that Hooten soon defaulted, and Brown Lumber Company ordered its Trustee, W. W. Woods, to sell the property. Apparently, the financial problem was resolved, for J. M. Hooten's saw mill appeared in the 1905 and 1907 editions of the Reference Book of the Lumbermen's Credit Association.
Research Date: JKG 12-29-93, MCJ 04-02-96
Prepared By: J Gerland, M Johnson