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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SA-48
Corporate Name: Commercial Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Commercial Lumber Company with Thomas Castle
Location: San Augustine
County: San Augustine
Years in Operation: 4 years
Start Year: 1955
End Year: 1958
Decades: 1950-1959
Period of Operation: 1955 to 1958
Town: San Augustine
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 2,510 in 1950
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Rough and finished lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Probably 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: Saw and planing mill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: The Commercial Lumber Company at San Augustine appeared in the 1957 edition of Nelson T. Samson's Directory of Wood-Using and Related Industries in East Texas. In 1958, it mortgaged its sawmill and planing mill equipment for $11,500. The Directory of Texas Manufacturers 1956-1958 reported that the company had been founded in 1955 with Thomas Castle as president. Kennard Lumber Company, of Kennard, Houston County, sold four GMC and Chevrolet trucks and tractors and four log trailers for $6,889 to Commercial Lumber Company on 3 January 1958.
Research Date: MCJ 02-19-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson