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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SB-45
Corporate Name: Gordon's Mill
Local Name:
Owner Name: Gordon's Mill
Location: Two miles south of Hemphill on Highway 87
County: Sabine
Years in Operation: 1 year
Start Year: 1928
End Year: 1928
Decades: 1920-1929
Period of Operation: About 1928
Town: South of Hemphill
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Broom handles
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: Portable sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: In an oral interview with Vernon L. Beasley, Jesse Travis reported that a Gordon's mill operated in Sabine County about 1928. It was located on Highway 87 about two miles south of Hemphill. The portable sawmill was powered by steam and manufactured broom handles. Gordon built two houses on Housin Bayou. Travis recalled that Gordon used eight to ten mule teams, as many as eight to ten mules pulling a logging wagon. Gordon hired primarily local farmers.
Research Date: MCJ 02-13-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson