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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SB-27
Corporate Name: Clabe Byley
Local Name:
Owner Name: Clabe Byley
Location: Swansville, just north of Bronson
County: Sabine
Years in Operation: 21 years
Start Year: 1910
End Year: 1930
Decades: 1910-1919,1920-1929,1930-1939
Period of Operation: Late 1910s to 1930s
Town: Swansville
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber, ties, cotton, cornmeal
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: Sawmill, tie mill, cotton gin, and grist mill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe
Historicial Development: T. L. Bobbitt, in an oral interview with Vernon L. Beasley, recalled that Clabe Byley operated a steam-powered, multi-milling facility at Swansville. Located twelve miles south of San Augustine and near the Sabine County line, the sawmill town had a commissary and tenant houses.
Research Date: MCJ 02-13-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson