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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SH-16
Corporate Name: Bill Lodge
Local Name:
Owner Name: Bill Lodge
Location: Precinct No. 3, U. S. Census, 1870, later vicinity of Neuville
County: Shelby
Years in Operation: 2 years
Start Year: 1869
End Year: 1870
Decades: 1860-1869,1870-1879
Period of Operation: 1869 to 1870
Town: Later vicinity of Neuville
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber and grain
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: 14-horsepower steam engine
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 
Capacity Comments: 120,000 feet of lumber and 750 bushels of cornmeal during the reporting period of the Census
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill and grist mill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: None
Historicial Development: According to the Census of 1870, Bill Lodge operated a sawmill and grist steam mill (valued at $2,000) in Shelby County, according to the 1870 Census. He employed eight men for three months at the saw mill for a total wage of $275. One man was employed at the grist mill. With $300 in raw logs and 750 bushels of grain, the mill produced 120,000 feet of lumber worth $1,200 and cornmeal worth $825. The Handbook of Texas noted that Neuville, founded in 1904, was named for a family that had lived in the area since the 1840s.
Research Date: MCJ 02-29-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson