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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: NA-141
Corporate Name: Howeth & Howeth
Local Name:
Owner Name: W. E. and C. W. Howeth. Keith Lumber Company.
Location: La Cerda Station, or Keith's Switch, nine miles southeast of Nacogdoches on Texas & New Orleans
County: Nacogdoches
Years in Operation: 2 years
Start Year: 1903
End Year: 1904
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1903 to 1904
Town: la Cerda Station, or Keith's Switch
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Sawtimber and sawlogs
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: Logging equipment included tram rails and locomotive
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Texas & New Orleans
Historicial Development: W. E. and C. W. Howeth were Nacogdoches logging contractors. In November 1902, they bought a logging outfit from H. L. Gray: twenty-four mules and fourteen sets of harnesses, and four log wagons. The following July, the brothers contracted with Keith Lumber Company to cut, load, and carry the latter's sawtimber from its holdings in Nacogdoches County to Beaumont. In return, Keith Lumber Company agreed to provide a locomotive and construct a tram bed into the Keith Lumber pineries. A newspaper article in June 1904 reported that La Cerda station at Keith's Switch was located two miles southeast of the Turner & Nabers mill along the Texas & New Orleans railroad, a total of nine miles from Nacogdoches. Sawtimber was harvested by a tram road into the pineries from the main road, where it was loaded onto cars and shipped on the railroad to Voth, near Pine Island Bayou, more than a hundred miles, to be milled.
Research Date: MCJ 02-10-96
Prepared By: M Johnson