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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: MO-60
Corporate Name: Don W. Phillips Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Don W. Phillips Lumber Company. Longhorn Lumber Company, with James O. Phillips.
Location: Highway 75 South, Conroe
County: Montgomery
Years in Operation: 15 years
Start Year: 1954
End Year: 1968
Decades: 1950-1959,1960-1969
Period of Operation: 1954 to 1968
Town: Conroe
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: 7,298 in 1950
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Pine rough and dressed 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: 
Capacity Comments: Unknown
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill, and later a planing mill.
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: Don W. Phillips ran a small milling facility at or near Conroe during the 1950s and 1960s. He bought it from Longhorn Lumber Company, belonging to James O. Phillips, in 1954, its sawmill and the lumber on its yard. The next year, Phillips bought out Tom Branch Lumber Company's planing facility located three and a half miles southeast of Conroe, which included a five-acre tract, five tenant houses, wagons, a tractor, a boiler, a steam engine, two circular saws, and a planing mill with a planer, blower, cutoff saw, and a trimmer. The Directory of Texas Manufacturers 1956-1958 reported that the Don Phillips Lumber Company was established as a sole proprietorship in 1955, employing less than fifty workers. It was located on Highway 75 South. The Don W. Phillips Lumber Company was listed in the 1957 and 1966 editions of Nelson Samson's Directory of Wood-Using and Related Industries in East Texas. He was on the 1968 address list of the Southern Pine Inspection Board.
Research Date: MCJ 03-19-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson