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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SA-68
Corporate Name: Elijah Ernest McDonald
Local Name:
Owner Name: Elijah Ernest McDonald
Location: Rebecca, near the Sabine County line
County: San Augustine
Years in Operation: 21 years
Start Year: 1908
End Year: 1928
Decades: 1900-1909,1910-1919,1920-1929
Period of Operation: 1908 to about 1928
Town: Rebecca
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Rough 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: 
Capacity Comments: Unknown
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Portable sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe
Historicial Development: Ernest Elijah McDonald had been sawmilling since 1908. He operated mills at Rebecca, in San Augustine County, in 1908; at Bleakwood in Newton County from about 1928 to 1942; and at New Caney in Montgomery County from 1943 to 1945. His first mill was portable, and from Rebecca his company cut and milled timber in the counties of Sabine, Newton, Montgomery, and Jasper.
Research Date: MCJ 02-19-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson