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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SA-109
Corporate Name: J. O. Mathews (?) and W. W. Brooke
Local Name:
Owner Name: J. O. Mathews (?) and W. W. Brooke
Location: Six miles southwest of San Augustine
County: San Augustine
Years in Operation: 2 years
Start Year: 1882
End Year: 1883
Decades: 1880-1889
Period of Operation: 1882 to 1883
Town: Six miles southwest of San Augustine
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: 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: Mill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: None
Historicial Development: Mathews and Brooke, on two separate notes, in 1882 and 1883, acquired an Ames Engine No. 5 on portable skids (for $683.34), and land, mills, livestock, and equipment (for $752.00 plus interest). The term sawmill is not mentioned expressly in the documents. However, the early sawmillers of San Augustine County often performed multi-milling operations (corn, cotton, and lumber) with the same engines and boilers running all equipment. A question mark next to Mathews reflects the researcher's inability to read the clerk's writing in the register.
Research Date: MCJ 02-19-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson