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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: CK-386
Corporate Name: W. H. Brown Manufacturing
Local Name:
Owner Name: W. H. Brown Manufacturing with W. H. Brown and Frank Brown
Location: Jacksonville
County: Cherokee
Years in Operation: 10 years
Start Year: 1948
End Year: 1957
Decades: 1940-1949,1950-1959
Period of Operation: 1948 to 1957
Town: Jacksonville
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 8,067 in 1950
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Hardwood lumber and pine flooring
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Unknown
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: Sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: This mill began after World War II as a hardwood flooring operation near Jacksonville, according to the Cherokee County History. It was listed in the Nelson T. Samson's Directory of Wood-Using and Related Industries in East Texas in 1957 as a producer of pine lumber. The Directory of Texas Manufacturers 1956-1958 noted that the Brown Manufacturing Company, with W. H. and Frank Brown, began in 1945; by 1957 they employed more than fifty workers.
Research Date: MCJ 01-31-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson