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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SB-31
Corporate Name: Davis Mill
Local Name:
Owner Name: W. H. Davenport, manager and filer. The owner may have been A. E. Davis.
Location: Eight miles northeast of Bronson on the Gulf Coast & Santa Fe
County: Sabine
Years in Operation: 1 year
Start Year: 1906
End Year: 1906
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1906
Town: Eight miles northeast of Bronson
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: 12 tenant houses
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: 40 horsepower
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 25000: 1906
Capacity Comments: 25,000 feet of lumber daily
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Gulf Coast & Santa Fe
Historicial Development: According to a Bronson newspaper, in September 1906, the mill shipped fifty-three cars of lumber, cutting at 25,000 feet daily for 600,000 for the month. Forty teams were required to haul the cut to the railroad. Seventy men, with a monthly payroll of $3,500, were required to run operations. The commissary carried a stock worth $7,400, and the company had built twelve tenant houses. This may have been an A. E. Davis mill who also would later buy the Cotton mill at Birdwell's Switch. Mill management included W. H. Davenport, foreman and filer; Otto Davis, sawyer; L. Roberts, team boss; Wallace Clark, woods foreman; and Dr. Giles Smith, physician. The Reference Book of the Lumbermen's Credit Association, January 1907 did not note this mill among its three listings.
Research Date: MCJ 02-13-96
Prepared By: M Johnson