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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: RU-33
Corporate Name: F. E. Martin
Local Name:
Owner Name: F. E. Martin. J. T. Robinson and Mrs. Sarah Elder
Location: Elderville, east of Kilgore
County: Rusk
Years in Operation: 1 year
Start Year: 1893
End Year: 1893
Decades: 1890-1899
Period of Operation: 1893
Town: Elderville, east of Kilgore
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: Unknown
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 8000: 1893
Capacity Comments: 8,000 feet daily
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: The sawmill of Robinson & Elder was listed in “Timbered Texas,” Galveston Weekly News, April 13, 1893, as cutting 8,000 feet daily. The Gregg County records note that J. T. Robinson and Mrs. Sarah Elder had a steam sawmill in Rusk County, located in the southern part of Kilgore. They sold it to F. E. Martin.
Research Date: MCJ 02-12-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson