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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: MO-24
Corporate Name: Brabham-Parker Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Brabham-Parker Lumber Company . Robert Brabham, Partner & General Manager. The other partner probably J. A. Parker of J. A. Parker Lumber Company at Willis. Louisiana-Pacific Corp.
Location: Willis
County: Montgomery
Years in Operation: 35 years
Start Year: 1953
End Year: 1987
Decades: 1950-1959,1960-1969,1970-1979,1980-1989
Period of Operation: 1953 to 1987
Town: Willis
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Studs, upper grades, long dimension, flooring, paneling, roof decking
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: 1953: two boilers, 40-horsepower engine, 100-horsepower engine, 50-horsepower motor electric
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 60000: 1960
Capacity Comments: 60,000 feet daily
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: 1953: Sawmill with carriage and set works, rollers, edger, band resaw, trimmer, haul-up, shotgun feed, log turner, planer-matcher, cutoff saw, etc. 1975: added gang and chipper.
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Missouri Pacific
Historicial Development: Robert Brabham began sawing at Willis when, in 1954, he bought from J. A. Parker a complete sawmill and planing mill complex. In 1956, he sold the site back to Parker. Eventually, they combined companies. By 1966, Brabham-Parker employed sixty-five workers. Two dry kilns had been added by that year. In 1973, the mill manufactured 1,800,000 board feet working with loblolly, shortleaf, slash. This mill was reported to be sold to Louisiana-Pacific and closed.
Research Date: MCJ 03-19-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson