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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: NE-35
Corporate Name: Fonzo A. Wilson
Local Name:
Owner Name: Fonzo A. Wilson. W. E. Gray, John Ramsey, Joe Kinnear, and a Mr. Rayhill.
Location: Fawil, about five miles southwest of Bon Wier
County: Newton
Years in Operation: 1 year
Start Year: 1906
End Year: 1906
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1906
Town: Fawil
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
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: 10000: 1906
Capacity Comments: 10,000 feet daily
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Circular sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Jasper & Eastern (Santa Fe)
Historicial Development: The legend of the Newton County town known as Fawil is interesting. The story says that the sawmiller, Fonzo A. Wilson, tried to paint his name on a short board in 1906 to hang on the front of his sawmill. He only got as far as his two initials and the first three letters of his surname, however, before he ran out of board. When the railroad came through, “FAWIL” was adopted as the name of the switch installed there. The Fawil mill was possibly a small affair, and it changed hands often. Possible owners after F.A. Wilson were W.E. Gray, John Ramsey, Joe Kinnear, and a Mr. Rayhill.
Research Date: JKG 12-10-93, MCJ 01-23-96
Prepared By: J. Gerland, M Johnson