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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: MO-150
Corporate Name: Japan Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Japan Lumber Company. John Arthur. J. P. Rose. R. O. Harris and M. S. Beach. J. C. Steadman.
Location: Japan, between Pauli and Porter
County: Montgomery
Years in Operation: 5 years
Start Year: 1923
End Year: 1927
Decades: 1920-1929
Period of Operation: 1923 to 1927
Town: Japan
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Rough and dressed lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Steam and electricity
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, planing mill, a dynamo
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Texas & New Orleans, earlier Houston East & West Texas
Historicial Development: The Japan Lumber Company had a sawmill complex and company town at Japan, between Porter and Pauli, in the 1920s. The dynamo provided lighting and power for the community and lumber facility. J. C. Steadman sold the complex and community to R. O. Harris and M. S. Beach in April, 1923. J. P. Rose, of Liberty County, bought the company from Harris and Beach, and later, in 1927, sold it to John Arthur, of Houston. Assets included in the sale of 1927 were a boiler, one steam engine, shotgun steam feed, an edger, and a planer.
Research Date: MCJ 03-20-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson