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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: MA-17
Corporate Name: Dunn, Wurtzbaugh, Rand
Local Name:
Owner Name: Dunn, M. H. Wurtzbaugh, Ed Rand. Lodi Lumber Company.
Location: Lodi, north of Jefferson
County: Marion
Years in Operation: 15 years
Start Year: 1893
End Year: 1907
Decades: 1890-1899,1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1893 to 1907
Town: Lodi
Company Town: 1
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: Steam
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 50000: 1893
Capacity Comments: 50,000 feet daily in 1893
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill, planing mill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Texas & Pacific
Historicial Development: The firm of Dunn, Wurtsbaugh, Rand were reported to be cutting 50,000 feet daily in 1893 at Lodi. A deed of trust in 1894 reveals that the company was logging on 2,000 acres of J. P. Alford; equipment mentioned in the document included the sawmill, a dry house, a lumber yard, two narrow-gauge locomotives, twenty-two logging cars, ten mules, and a tram leading from the mill. A Cass County deed of trust filed in November, 1896, in which Lodi Lumber gave Ed Rand a trust deed for the sawmill, planing mill, the dry kilns, and the tram fixtures for $25,000, reveals some kind of relationship with Kildare Lumber Company at Kildare. Rand was involved in both companies, according to county records in Cass and Marion. Through 1905 and 1907, according to Harrison County records, Lodi Lumber was expanding into the western part of Marion County. Wurtzbaugh leased stumpage for years, which was located about twelve miles northeast of Marshall in order to run a tram road from the mill to the Texas & Pacific. The company also either leased or bought out right W. T. Williams' sawmill plant at Kelleyville. Wurtzbaugh's office was located at Jefferson the next year.
Research Date: MCJ 05-04-96
Prepared By: M Johnson