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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SB-15
Corporate Name: A. E. Davis Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: A. E. Davis Lumber Company. J. B. Cotton Lumber Company.
Location: Birdwell's Switch, two and a half miles north of Bronson
County: Sabine
Years in Operation: 4 years
Start Year: 1906
End Year: 1909
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1906 to 1909
Town: Birdwell's Switch, north of Bronson
Company Town: 1
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: 10000: 1906
Capacity Comments: 10,000 feet of lumber daily
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Saw and planing mills
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Gulf Beaumont & Kansas City
Historicial Development: J. B. Cotton, president of Cotton Lumber, sold his mill to A. E. Davis in 1909, who agreed to insure the mill for $20,000 until the notes were paid. The Cotton plant included a boiler, engine, saws, filing machine, cutoff saw, edger, mill sheds, dollies, dry kilns, planing mill, and tenant houses. Davis may have sold the mill to Noble & Noble who sold it later to Watson-Christensen.
Research Date: LT 08-13-93, MCJ 02-13-96
Prepared By: L Turner, M. Johnson