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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: RU-35
Corporate Name: Fort & Allen
Local Name:
Owner Name: Fort & Allen. Jno. B. Fort and R. G. Brown and J. J. Flewellen. D. C. Ford.
Location: Tatum
County: Rusk
Years in Operation: 17 years
Start Year: 1891
End Year: 1907
Decades: 1890-1899,1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1891 to 1907
Town: Tatum
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 154 in 1905
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber and shingles
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: 15000: 1893
Capacity Comments: 15,000 feet in 1893
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill and shingle mill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Texas Sabine Valley & Northwestern, later the Texas & Gulf in 1905
Historicial Development: D. C. Ford owned a sawmill near Tatum in 1891. That year he sold it for $666 to a firm comprising Jno B. Fort of Panola County and Brown & Flewellen of Harrison County. Equipment included the sawmill, an engine, a boiler, a shingle machine, and twenty oxen. The Galveston listing of 1893 still carried this mill under the name of D. C. Ford; the mill was cutting 15,000 feet of lumber daily. In 1907, a sawmill firm at Tatum in the name of Fort & Allen was listed in the Reference Book of the Lumbermen's Credit Association. Considering that no other Browns, Flewellens, or Allens were listed at or near Tatum during these years, it is reasonable to assume that Jonathan Fort had taken a partner named Allen before 1907. The Brown and Flewellen Lumber Company of Longview dissolved in January 1908 when R. G. Brown bought out J. J. Flewellen. The sale included a nine-mile tram that ran nine miles north from Longview, all sawmills, planers, warehouses, commissaries, etc. The sale price was $5,000.
Research Date: MCJ 02-12-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson