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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: MO-29
Corporate Name: Burkitt and Barnes
Local Name:
Owner Name: Burkitt and Barnes. R. W. Snelling. Burkitt and Barnes. Jepp Wright. Wilman and Carroll. E. W. Carroll.
Location: Midline Switch, Six miles east of Willis on the Waverly Road
County: Montgomery
Years in Operation: 4 years
Start Year: 1897
End Year: 1900
Decades: 1890-1899,1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1897 to 1900
Town: Midline Switch
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 40-horsepower sawmill with a Huntsville engine and boiler
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
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Houston East & West Texas
Historicial Development: On February 26, 1897, E. W. Carroll sold his sawmill and assets to J. Wilman and F. Carroll for $1000. Sometime later the mill came into the hands of Jepp Wright, who sold it to George W. Burkitt and L. J. Barnes. On October 13, 1899, Burkitt and Barnes who sold it to R. W. Snelling. In 1900, in Burkitt and Barnes vs. E. F. Dorrough, Dorrough the receiver of the Snelling estate, took back the sawmill. Besides the engine and boiler, listed in the 1897 were nine yokes of oxen, two log wagons, along with a cotton gin, cotton press, and a grist mill. Snelling is listed in the 1900 Census as a sawmill owner, living in Precinct 2, Res 194.
Research Date: MCJ 03-19-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson