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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: MO-115
Corporate Name: Houston & Liggett
Local Name:
Owner Name: O. S. Plummer, L. Matthews. C. C. Houston, W. G. Liggett.
Location: Magnolia or Tharp
County: Montgomery
Years in Operation: 28 years
Start Year: 1880
End Year: 1907
Decades: 1880-1889,1890-1899,1900-1909
Period of Operation: Possibly from the 1880s to 1907
Town: Magnolia Switch, Tharp
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Rough and finished 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: A saw and planing mill with an edger saw, and trimmer
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: International & Great Northern
Historicial Development: Plummer & Matthews, on August 15, 1907, sold its sawmill and planing mill plus other assets to Houston and Liggett. Both companies were from Houston. Plummer & Matthews may have bought the old Santa Fe Company stock from H. J. Montgomery. Houston & Liggett is not listed for Magnolia or Tharp in the “Lumber Mills of Texas” by Southern Industrial and Lumber Review in 1906. The sale of August 1907 included the mills, twenty-four oxen, eleven mules, two log wagons, 804,000 feet of lumber on the yard, two and one-quarter miles of tram road, the commissary and its stock, edger saw, trimmer, and also a lease of rails from the International & Great Northern. Only the Amsler house was excluded. This property was located at what must have one of the locations of C. Amsler in the 1880's. A deed record establishes a conveyance of a house owned by the Amsler estate from C. Amsler and spouse to L. P. Amsler in 1884.
Research Date: MCJ 03-20-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson