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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SH-1
Corporate Name: Gee Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Johnny Gee. Sydney Gee.
Location: Choice, south of Center on Route 5 (Neuville Road) at Box 185
County: Shelby
Years in Operation: 48 years
Start Year: 1946
End Year: 1993
Decades: 1940-1949,1950-1959,1960-1969,1970-1979,1980-1989,1990-1999
Period of Operation: 1946 to 1993
Town: Choice
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Pine lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Other
Power Source: Electric, diesel, 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
Produced:
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill and planer
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: The Sydney Gee Lumber Company had been operating from 1946, according to the Directory of Texas Manufacturers 1960. Although the former directory lists the company at Center, it was in fact at Choice on the Neuville Road. The operation was small, with less than twenty-five workers manufacturing pine lumber. It appeared in the 1957 edition of Nelson T. Samson's Directory of Wood-Using and Related Industries in East Texas. This plant was completely destroyed by fire in 1966. The Gee Lumber Company, Inc., was listed at Choice in the 1987 Forest Products Industries in Texas. The owner was Johnny Gee. J. McSwain told interviewer V. L. Beasley that he believed the company operated until 1993.
Research Date: MCJ 02-29-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson