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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: NE-5
Corporate Name: J. W. Fleming
Local Name:
Owner Name: J. W. Fleming, Thad Howard, and Charles A. Mixon of Kirbyville.
Location: Howard's Switch, about five miles north of Bleakwood, on highway 87
County: Newton
Years in Operation: 5 years
Start Year: 1906
End Year: 1910
Decades: 1900-1909,1910-1919
Period of Operation: 1906 to 1910
Town: Howard's Switch
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: 750
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: 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: 50000: 1906
Capacity Comments: About 50,000 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: Orange and Northwestern
Historicial Development: Secondary sources say that Thad Howard and Charles A. Mixon built the Howard's Switch sawmill about 1906. The mill did not appear in the January 1907 published records of the Lumbermen's Credit Association. The 1910 U.S. Census records for Newton County, researched by W.T. Block of Nederland. The Census of 1910 revealed that J. W. Fleming was the sawmill owner, and that Howard and Mixon were the sawmill superintendent and foreman, respectively. The employees lived in residences 40 to 150, Precinct I, Newton County.
Research Date: JKG 12-10-93, MCJ 12-08-95
Prepared By: J. Gerland, M. Johnson