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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: HA-52
Corporate Name: George E. Prothro
Local Name:
Owner Name: George E. Prothro
Location: Three miles north of Hallsville
County: Harrison
Years in Operation: 10 years
Start Year: 1898
End Year: 1907
Decades: 1890-1899,1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1898 to 1907
Town: Hallsville
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 416 in 1905
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber, then by 1907 shingles
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 sawmill in 1897 and then a shingle mill by 1907
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Texas & Pacific
Historicial Development: The George E. Prothro mill was listed in the Reference Book of the Lumbermen's Credit Association, January 1905 as a sawmill and in the 1907 edition as a shingle mill. Prothro was sawmilling as early as 1898 at his place north of Hallsville. Mortgage records for that year reveal he had a contract with the First National Bank on the sawmill, engine, and boiler. In 1906, Prothro's steam machinery included a 36-inch by 12-foot boiler and an 8-inch by 12-inch steam engine.
Research Date: MCJ 02-05-96
Prepared By: M Johnson