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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: NE-43
Corporate Name: J. A. Sartain Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: J. A. Sartain Lumber Company
Location: Newton
County: Newton
Years in Operation: 15 years
Start Year: 1944
End Year: 1958
Decades: 1940-1949,1950-1959
Period of Operation: 1944 to 1958
Town: Newton
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Pine, cypress, and hardwood finished and rough dry-kilned lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Other
Power Source: Probably powered by 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
Produced:
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: 1957: Two complete sawmills, a dry kiln, and a planing mill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: The Directory of Texas Manufacturers 1956-1958 reported that the J. A. Sartain Lumber Company began operating a sawmill at Newton in 1944. The Texas Forest News reported in 1958 that the sawmill had closed in 1958 because of the increasing costs of manufacturing lumber. This company had employed more than 100 workers at the pine and hardwood mills and in the woods at a $40,000 payroll monthly. The Gulf Coast Lumberman carried an ad on December 15, 1958, that J. A. Sartain had two complete sawmills, a planing mill, and a dry kiln for sale. Southern Lumberman carried a Sartain advertisement that he was selling in 1963 a 406 B planer and matcher, and a 54-inch McDonald resaw.
Research Date: MCJ 01-23-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson