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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: NA-31
Corporate Name: Garrison Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Garrison Lumber Company, with J. L. Dedman and Buck Williams.
Location: Intersection of Edwards and Adams, about one mile northeast of Garrison
County: Nacogdoches
Years in Operation: 9 years
Start Year: 1937
End Year: 1945
Decades: 1930-1939,1940-1949
Period of Operation: 1937 to the end of World War II (1940s)
Town: North of Garrison
Company Town: 1
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: Steam
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 25000: 1939
Capacity Comments: About 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: Southern Pacific (formerly the Houston East & West Texas)
Historicial Development: J. L. Dedman and Buck Williams, as the Garrison Lumber Company, were operating a sawmill, commissary, and tenant housing just to the north of Garrison in the era just before World War II. They had other operations near Caro and Patroon. After the War, Williams and his sons operated sawmills in Orange County. Dedman and Williams earlier had been sawmilling earlier in Upshur County. Map No. 50 in the East Texas Research Center map collections locates this mill about a half mile northeast of Garrison. J. L. Dedman contracted with Jim Youngblood et ux to build housing in the R. Olfin Survey (Abstract No. A-419), located one and a half miles northeast of Garrison off Highway 35. The housing was to be on a plot of land of one acre by six acres. Garrison Lumber Company, (Dedman-Williams) leased three acres from W. E. Oxshear to bank logs. The sawmill cut rough lumber.
Research Date: MCJ 02-10-96
Prepared By: M Johnson