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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: PA-37
Corporate Name: Castle Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: T. E. Castle. A. C. Estes & T. E. Castle
Location: Nine acres in Carthage with offices in the Reeves Building
County: Panola
Years in Operation: 9 years
Start Year: 1941
End Year: 1949
Decades: 1940-1949
Period of Operation: 1941 to 1949
Town: Carthage
Company Town: 0
Peak Town Size: 1,100 in 1928
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Rough and finished lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Three steam engines
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: Sawmill, planing mill, dry kiln, edger, etc.
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: This company bought nine acres of land in Carthage in 1941, according to Panola County Deed Records. Other county records document that A. C. Estes bought for $2,500 from G. S. Williams a sawmill complex in the southern part of the County in May, 1943. This equipment included a U-21 International Power Unit, a PA-50 International motor, a Cunningham Cab sawmill, a 54” saw, a cut-off mandrel with boxes, a complete carriage works, a 30” three-saw edger, a 200' sawdust chain, all equipment for running SM, one horse, three mules, tow logging wagons, etc, barns, team lots, tool houses, etc. In July, 1943, Estes and Castle financed company with I & B Finance for $2,000 . In December, 1943, Castle Lumber Company refinanced business with Reconstruction Finance Corporation for $30,777.68 at $550 monthly. The plant was located on nine acres in Carthage with equipment now including a dry kiln, edger, slab slasher, twenty rollers, conveyor, 10”x12” Ames slide-valve steam engine, 10”x14” HSG steam engine, Yates-American A-20 planer and matcher, 14”x36” engine, two-saw trimmer. The company sold 100,000 feet of sawlogs and about 300,000 feet of lumber of dressed lumber, located at sawmill in Carthage, for $15,000 to I. I. Reeves in August, 1944, and a planer to Darnell Lumber Company in May, 1945. Later that year, Castle Lumber was having financial difficulties with the State; it had not paid a franchise tax of $20 and the state placed a lien on the company's property.
Research Date: MCJ 02-08-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson