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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SA-108
Corporate Name: J. O. Belser
Local Name:
Owner Name: J. O. Belser
Location: Five miles east of San Augustine east of Black Jack Road
County: San Augustine
Years in Operation: 9 years
Start Year: 1922
End Year: 1930
Decades: 1920-1929,1930-1939
Period of Operation: 1922 to 1930
Town: East of San Augustine
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 3,000 in 1928
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Rough and finished lumber and ginned cotton
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Other
Power Source: Steam
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 20000: 1928
Capacity Comments: 20,000 in 1928
Produced:
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: 1922: a 2 1/2 Mississippi Hall & Brown planing mill complete with belts, pulleys, knives grinder, cut-off rig with saw, fan, and blowpipes. Sawmill. Cotton gin. 1928: Circular sawmill, planing mill, edgers, trimmers, dry kilns.
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Gulf, Coast, & Santa Fe
Historicial Development: For $750 in three notes, in 1922, Belser bought a planing mill on a mortgage to Greer-Downs. The sale included a 2 1/2 Mississippi Hall & Brown planing mill complete with belts, pulleys, knives grinder, cut-off rig with saw, fan, and blowpipes. Belser's mill was producing 20,000 feet a day in 1928. In 1928 and 1930, J. D. Belser signed two mortgages with First National Bank that revealed he was running a sawmill and a cotton gin. In 1928, for $2,073.40, Belser mortgaged his boiler and engine, edger, trimmer, and sawring. In 1930, he once again mortgaged his equipment, including his complete sawmill rig. It appears that the Belser sawmill was one of the countless casualties of the Great Depression.
Research Date: MCJ 02-19-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson