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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SA-67
Corporate Name: Ed Saunders
Local Name:
Owner Name: Ed Saunders. J. M. Fonville.
Location: San Augustine
County: San Augustine
Years in Operation: 4 years
Start Year: 1902
End Year: 1905
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1902 to about 1905
Town: San Augustine
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Finished lumber and handles
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: 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
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill and planing mill and handle factory and cotton gin
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe
Historicial Development: Ed Saunders was listed in 1905 as a handle manufacturer at San Augustine. The handle factory began in 1902, according to San Augustine county records, when J. M. Fonville mortgaged for $650 a pony DeLoach sawmill, a Van Winkle 60-saw cotton gin, a Samson turbine, a feeder, and a condenser. He paid it off in 1903. Ed Saunders had established a planing mill in San Augustine in 1902. A Nacogdoches newspaper reported in January 1902 that Ed Saunders was going to erect a new planing mill at San Augustine. He had “placed an order for two thousand dollars worth of the machinery last Thursday with Cason, Richardson & Co having secured the order. He bought a new outfit consisted of engine, boiler, re-saw, band saw and complete planer.” On 4 October 1904 Ed Saunders mortgaged $1000 to Fonville for Fonville's #1 DeLoach sawmill carriage, a 48-inch flywheel, two lumber trucks, and a 10-inch drive belt. That year Saunders was taxed for $1000 in manufacturing tools, $500 in steam machinery; he was taxed again in 1905.
Research Date: MCJ 02-19-96
Prepared By: M Johnson