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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SA-118
Corporate Name: J. W. Bowlin.
Local Name:
Owner Name: J. W. Bowlin and J. W. Luman
Location: Unknown
County: San Augustine
Years in Operation: 9 years
Start Year: 1904
End Year: 1912
Decades: 1900-1909,1910-1919
Period of Operation: 1904 to 1912
Town: Unknown
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Shingles, 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: 
Capacity Comments: Unknown
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Shingle machine, grist mill, cotton gin and stand
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Probably Santa Fe
Historicial Development: According to San Augustine county records, J. W. Bowlin was enumerated for taxation for $500 worth of engines and boilers. On 15 December 1905 Bowlin and J. W. Luman mortgaged for 35,000 shingles and one shingle machine. By 1909 Bowlin had expanded his plant, according to a chattel mortgage, to include besides the shingle mill, a 15-horsepower steam engine, a 15-horsepower boiler, a grist mill, a shingle mill, and one Pratt cotton gin and stand. In December 1912 J. W. Bowlin mortgaged to J. W. Graves for $180 a 25-horsepower boiler and a 25-horsepower steam engine.
Research Date: MCJ 02-19-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson