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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SA-100
Corporate Name: J. D. Stewart
Local Name:
Owner Name: J. D. Stewart. J. L. Phelps. W. E. Hines.
Location: McElroy Switch
County: San Augustine
Years in Operation: 2 years
Start Year: 1921
End Year: 1922
Decades: 1920-1929
Period of Operation: 1921 to 1922
Town: McElroy Switch
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
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: 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: Possibly a circular sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: For $165, in 1921, J. L. Phelps bought a small sawmill from W. E. Hines at Bland Lake; the mill would have to be moved, probably to McElroy Switch. A month later, Phelps bought for $600 a complete planing mill, which would be delivered to McElroy Switch. In 1922, Phelps upgraded his steam engine and boiler. Stewart bought the saw mill from Phelps for $600, including the Ames engine and boiler listed above. Additionally, Stewart received from Phelps another Ames engine and boiler (10x12 and 42x12) from a sawmill in Shelby County that Phelps owned.
Research Date: MCJ 02-19-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson