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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: CK-344
Corporate Name: Sessions Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Rube Sessions
Location: Forest
County: Cherokee
Years in Operation: 8 years
Start Year: 1905
End Year: 1912
Decades: 1900-1909,1910-1919
Period of Operation: About 1905 to 1912
Town: Forest
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Crossties only at first, then some and finally only rough and dressed lumber.
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Other
Power Source: Diesel then 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: Probably circular, planing mill, open “Arkansas” smoke kiln
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: St. Louis Southwestern (Cotton Belt)
Historicial Development: Rube Sessions operated a sawmill near Forrest from about 1905. He used his diesel sawmill to cut railroad ties between Wells and Forest. He slowly began to diversify, according to H. C. Polk, Jr., and began “making a little lumber while they was making crossties.” Eventually, Sessions stopped production of crossties, erected a planer and along with the sawmill manufactured lumber only. In 1912, he moved his sawmill and planer to Wells. See entry for Sessions Lumber Company at Wells, Cherokee County. A newspaper report dated 1943 states the mill was built originally at Wells, with which Polk agrees, but Sessions probably did not move his mill there until 1918.
Research Date: MCJ 01-31-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson