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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: PA-115
Corporate Name: Pruett and Biggs
Local Name:
Owner Name: Pruett and Biggs. Also known as Pruitt and Company and as Pruitt and Biggs.
Location: Beckville, 9.7 miles north of Carthage on the Texas & Gulf Ry.
County: Panola
Years in Operation: 4 years
Start Year: 1905
End Year: 1908
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1905 to 1908
Town: Beckville
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 606 in 1905
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Boiler and an Atlas 12-inch by 14-inch center-crank steam engine
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 and the company planned to add a planer in 1908.
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Texas, Sabine Valley & Northwestern, became Texas & Gulf in 1905
Historicial Development: The Southern Industrial and Lumber Review reported in September 1908 that the firm of Pruett and Biggs had been operating a saw mill “for some time” at Beckville, and were planning to install a planing mill to finish their own lumber. The firm had earlier appeared in the January 1905 Reference Book of the Lumbermen's Credit Association but not in the 1907 edition. On August 23, 1905, Pruett & Biggs mortgaged to Walter Connally & Company for a 12-inch by 14-inch Atlas steam engine. They mortgaged the sawmill with its boiler and engine and two yoke of oxen for $900 on February 1, 1907. On March 23, 1907, they mortgaged with Walter Connally & Company their Atlas 12-inch by 14-inch center-crank steam engine, steam exhaust pipe, and other items. On January 22, 1908, Pruitt & Biggs mortgaged 2,500,000 feet of lumber to the First National Bank at Longview for $4,500.
Research Date: JKG 12-10-93, MCJ 02-08-96
Prepared By: J. Gerland, M. Johnson