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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: MO-62
Corporate Name: E. A. Oualline & Bro
Local Name:
Owner Name: Ellis and John Oualline (sons of Edward and Mary Jo Oualline). Edward N. Oualline. A. Smith & G Smith
Location: Bobbin, west of Montgomery
County: Montgomery
Years in Operation: 5 years
Start Year: 1903
End Year: 1907
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: August 4, 1903 to at least 1907
Town: Bobbin, west of Montgomery
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Boxes
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: 8000: 1904
Capacity Comments: 8,000 feet daily in 1906
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: A mill with two saws powered by an Atlas steam engine (1903).
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: None until the Gulf, Coast, & Santa Fe reached Montgomery from Navasota in 1884.
Historicial Development: The sheriff sold the Smiths' mill to Oualline on August 4, 1903. Among items were the mill, a shed, carriage, head block, belts and tools sold at the sheriff's sale. E. A. Oualline & Brother sold to D. C. Tharp and Banks Griffith of F. A. Talley at Keenan all lumber on hand to be manufactured in the next months. On August 23, 1905, Ellis A. Oualline sold his 1/4 interest in the profits of the family-owned box factory in return for 142 acres owned by his parents, Edward N. and Mary Jo Oualline. Edward N. and Mary Jo Oualline conveyed the 1/4 interest to their son John M. Oualline on the same date. The Reference Book of the Lumbermen's Credit Association, January 1907 listed the mill.
Research Date: MCJ 03-19-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson