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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SH-46
Corporate Name: Crescent Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Huana Lumber Company. Crescent Lumber Company (J. C. Bates & H. H. Bates). Darlington-Miller controlled output in 1904. Maco Stewart acquired through Darlington-Miller, and operated it under the Huana name.
Location: Crescent, Huana Creek and the Gulf Beaumont and Northern on Mill Creek
County: Shelby
Years in Operation: 7 years
Start Year: 1900
End Year: 1906
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1900s
Town: Crescent, south of Center
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 859 in 1905; 4000 in 1928; 2510 in 1934
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Rough and finished lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Unknown
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 50000: 190440000: 1906
Capacity Comments: 50,000 feet daily in 1904, 40,000 feet in 1906
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill and planing mills
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: In 1905, the Houston East & West Texas at Tenaha; later the Gulf Coast & Santa Fe at Center
Historicial Development: Crescent Lumber Company apparently had a mill at Center, according to the January 1905 Reference Book of the Lumbermen's Credit Association. The entry, however, did not appear in the credit firm's published records of January 1907. In 1905, the company was in bankruptcy. B.. I. Sparks, trustee for Crescent and the secretary of of both Miller-Vidor and Huana Lumber Company of Galveston, sold the Crescent saw and planing mill to Maco Stewart for $10 and other considerations. Maco Stewart used the name of Huana Lumber Company. In 1904, Crescent Lumber returned to T T L Temple a steam engine it had earlier bought. In 1902, Dilley & Son gave a mortgage of $180 for a Curtis 2-saw trimmer and two 18-inch saws. In 1903, Crescent gave Darlington-Miller a lien on all its uncut lumber for a debt of $1,500. Crescent mortgaged logging animals and wagons to First National Bank at Center for $1,800.
Research Date: LT 8-17-93,JKG 10-19-93, MCJ 02-29-96
Prepared By: L. Turner, J. Gerland, M. Johnson