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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: HR-28
Corporate Name: C. J. Robertson, Sr., Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: C. J. Robertson, Sr., Lumber Company
Location: Humble
County: Harris
Years in Operation: 3 years
Start Year: 1947
End Year: 1949
Decades: 1940-1949
Period of Operation: 1947 to at least 1949
Town: Humble
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Rough and finished lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: 1949. Houston Stanton & Gamble steam engine, firebox boiler; 150-horsepower Hercules gas engine.
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 25000: 1949
Capacity Comments: 25,000 feet daily
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: 1949. Cunningham mill, Champ carriage, twin engine feed, roller bearing mandrel, heavy sawdust rig, edger, trimmer, slab elevator, green chains; planing mill with matcher, exhauster fan, knife grinder and cutoff saw.
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: C. J. Robertson, Sr., was operating a sawmill at Humble in 1947. By January 15, 1949, Robertson was advertising the facility for sale. It was described as a “Complete RH Steam Circular Sawmill and gas engine driven planing mill 25M cap.” He also had five logging trucks and one log loader for sale. Other equipment for sale included a Cunningham mill, a Champ carriage, a twin engine feed, a roller bearing mandrel, a heavy sawdust rig, 50-ft rolls, 32-inch edger, 20-ft trimmer, a complete slab elevator, a dipping vat, green chains, a Houston Stanton & Gamble engine, a firebox boiler #250 with a 70-ft stack, shafting and pulleys, idlers, belts, saws, compressors, etc. Robertson also had a planing mill with a 150-horsepower Hercules gas engine, a round cylinder matcher, an exhauster fan, 175 feet of 18-inch pipe with switches, a knife grinder and cutoff saw, and complete heads, knives, pulleys and shafting.
Research Date: MCJ 05-06-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson