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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SB-28
Corporate Name: Cooper Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Cooper Lumber Company, D. A. Cooper
Location: Brookeland
County: Sabine
Years in Operation: 24 years
Start Year: 1937
End Year: 1960
Decades: 1930-1939,1940-1949,1950-1959,1960-1969
Period of Operation: 1937 to 1960
Town: Brookeland
Company Town: 0
Peak Town Size: 144 in 1905; 800 in 1906
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Hardwood and pine lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Gasoline
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 12000: 1955
Capacity Comments: 12,000 feet daily in 1955
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: The Directory of Texas Manufacturers, 1956-1958 lists the sawmill of the Cooper Lumber Company with D. A. Cooper at Brookeland. Establishing the firm in 1944, Cooper was manufacturing rough pine and hardwood lumber in 1956. The Beaumont Enterprise noted in 1955 that D. A. Cooper's lumber company had been operating at Brookeland since 1937, cutting 12,000 feet daily. Nelson T. Samson listed the mill in his 1957 edition of Directory of Wood-Using and Related Industries in East Texas. Drayton Speights, a life-long resident and lumberman of Sabine County, recalled that the Cooper Lumber Company was a “small operator” using a gasoline-driven motor for powering the sawmill.
Research Date: MCJ 02-13-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson