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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: NE-41
Corporate Name: Hughes Lumber Company.
Local Name:
Owner Name: James Hughes in 1993. C. P. Hughes Lumber Company in 1957 with Charles Hughes.
Location: Bon Wier
County: Newton
Years in Operation: 44 years
Start Year: 1953
End Year: 1996
Decades: 1950-1959,1960-1969,1970-1979,1980-1989,1990-1999
Period of Operation: 1953 to 1996
Town: Bon Wier
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: In 1966, rough and dressed lumber, crossties. In 1987, large, long timbers, radius, edge decking.
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Steam and electric
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 48000: 1993
Capacity Comments: In 1993, 48,000 feet daily
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: 1968: sawmill, planing mill, dry kiln. 1993: sawmill operation with equipment including one Cambio 35-inch debarker, one Modern Iron Works circular headrig, one Crosby cant gang/edger, two Crosby trimmers, and one Unitemp dry kiln.
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: Charles Hughes, who established the firm in 1953, was manufacturing rough hardwood lumber in 1956. In 1957, Hughes Lumber Company employed between twenty-five and fifty personnel. In 1993, James E. Hughes, Sr., was president. He had forty employees. The operation was busy producing timbers, with radius and edge decking. They worked with pine: loblolly, longleaf, shortleaf, slash. Production capacity for an eight hour shift was 48,000 feet of lumber. It was listed in forest product directories through the early 1990s. A diagram of the C. P. Hughes Lumber Company facility may be found in the archives of the Texas Forest Products Manufacturers Association.
Research Date: MCJ 01-05-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson