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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: CS-53
Corporate Name: H. C. Knowles Lumber Company
Local Name: Knothole
Owner Name: H. C. Knowles Lumber Company. Henderson-Knowles Lumber Company, with H. C. Knowles and E. C. Henderson.
Location: Avinger
County: Cass
Years in Operation: 13 years
Start Year: 1935
End Year: 1947
Decades: 1930-1939,1940-1949
Period of Operation: 1935 to 1947
Town: Avinger
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
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
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill and planing mill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Louisiana & Arkansas
Historicial Development: The H. C. Knowles Lumber Company began as the Henderson-Knowles Lumber Company in 1935, according to Fred McKenzie. The operation was referred to as the “Knothole.” Located in a pasture once owned by an individual named Johnson, behind the old Baptist Church, the company ran as a partnership until the beginning of World War II. E. C. Henderson sold out and moved to Marshall. Knowles continued the sawmill until 1947, when he sold his planer to M. L. “Bud” Felker, Jr. Henderson dismantled the remaining portion of the sawmill and moved it to Pyland community.
Research Date: MCJ 04-03-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson