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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SA-36
Corporate Name: C. P. Massey Lumber Co
Local Name: Bronson
Owner Name: C. P. Massey
Location: Massey's Crossing on the Ayish Bayou, south of Hebron
County: San Augustine
Years in Operation: 14 years
Start Year: 1907
End Year: 1920
Decades: 1900-1909,1910-1919,1920-1929
Period of Operation: 1907 to about 1920
Town: Massey's Crossing on the Ayish Bayou, south of Hebron
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: Commissary and tenant housing
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber, cornmeal, cotton
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: 10000:1907
Capacity Comments: 10,000 feet of lumber daily
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill, grist mill, cotton gin
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: This mill was reported by the Southern Industrial & Lumber Review, in 1906. Massey began his career in 1902 with a mortgage that produced for $300 a shingle mill, a 48-inch by 10-inch wood splitter, a log wagon, a Houston Standard and Gamble 25-horsepower steam engine and an HSG boiler. The report indicates that Massey had improved his manufacturing process. The mill was not listed in the Reference Book of the Lumbermen's Credit Association, January 1907. The mill had probably been moved some miles to the west in San Augustine County. T. L. Bobbitt, in an oral interview with Vernon L. Beasley, recalled the Massey Mill at Massey's Crossing over the Ayish Bayou. The sawmill community had a commissary and tenant housing. Unidentified Unidentified Hebron, just west of Highway 705 San T. L. Bobbitt, in an oral interview with Vernon L. Beasley, recalled an unidentified sawmill located at Hebron, just west of Highway 705, in the 1930s. A well serviced the mill. This may have been the Massey Mill near Hebron.
Research Date: MCJ 02-19-96, LT 07-31-93
Prepared By: L Turner, M. Johnson