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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: MO-18
Corporate Name: B. H. Christian and Brother
Local Name:
Owner Name: B. H. Christian and Brother. R. B. Calfee, Lewis Calfee, A. M. Carson, and J. I. Wood.
Location: Three miles east of Willis
County: Montgomery
Years in Operation: 3 years
Start Year: 1916
End Year: 1918
Decades: 1910-1919
Period of Operation: 1916 to 1918
Town: Willis
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 832 in 1906
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Rough and dressed lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Other
Power Source: Ames boiler and engine
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: Dixie sawmill and carriage, a Hoyt edger and saws, a Hoyt combination planer, a blower, a trimmer, and three 56-inch circular saws.
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: International & Great Northern
Historicial Development: R. B. Calfee, J. I. Wood, A. M. Carson, and Lewis Calfee all had an interest in a sawmill at Willis in 1916. J. I. Wood and R. B. Calfee sold 250,000 feet of lumber from the sawmill to Carson from the sawmill, three miles east of Willis for $2,600 and other considerations. Wood and Calfee had to send their entire cut to Carson until the debt was settled. Two years later, in February, 1918, B. H. Christian and Brother bought the sawmill from Calfee, Calfee, Carson, and Wood for $1,600 in notes and cash. Equipment included an Ames boiler, an Ames steam engine, a Dixie sawmill and carriage, a Hoyt edger and saws, a Hoyt combination planer, a blower, a trimmer, and three 56-inch circular saws.
Research Date: MCJ 03-19-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson