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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: MO-14
Corporate Name: Austin & Riley
Local Name:
Owner Name: Austin & Riley
Location: Yells, near Montgomery Junction
County: Montgomery
Years in Operation: 4 years
Start Year: 1904
End Year: 1907
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1904 to 1907
Town: Yells (Montgomery Junction)
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: 10000: 1904
Capacity Comments: 10,000 feet daily to 15,000 feet
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill only
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: None until the Gulf, Coast, & Santa Fe reached Montgomery from Navasota in 1884.
Historicial Development: Some confusion exists on the capacity of the mill. The Santa Fe circular and the October, 1904, edition of the Beaumont Enterprise report the lesser amount. The Beaumont January cite of that year reports 40,000 feet. Southern Industrial and Lumber Review reported that this mill was manufacturing 15,000 feet of lumber in 1906. The assumption is that the listings for 1905 and 1906 for Montgomery are the Junction, which is Yells, and not the town. Otherwise, Austin & Riley may have moved their mill a few miles north to Montgomery. They are listed in 1907 LCA rating at Montgomery.
Research Date: JKG 8-20-93; MCJ 03-19-96
Prepared By: J. Gerland, M. Johnson