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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: MO-144
Corporate Name: J. W. Roberts
Local Name:
Owner Name: J. W. Roberts
Location: Pocahontas (Saunders Switch), about eleven miles east of Conroe
County: Montgomery
Years in Operation: 6 years
Start Year: 1895
End Year: 1900
Decades: 1890-1899,1900-1909
Period of Operation: About 1895 to 1900
Town: Pocahontas (Saunders Switch)
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Rough lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Probably steam
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 25000: 1896
Capacity Comments: 25,000 feet daily
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Texas, Louisiana & Eastern Railroad (Gulf Colorado, and Santa Fe Railroad).
Historicial Development: On March 25, 1897, Roberts sold about 300,000 feet of pine lumber at Saunders Switch to Foster Lumber Company of Missouri for $572. The Galveston Daily News reports Roberts still cutting timber at Pocahontas in 1900.
Research Date: MCJ 03-20-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson