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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SH-69
Corporate Name: Foster S. DeWitt
Local Name:
Owner Name: Foster S. “Pappy” DeWitt. J. W. Kimbro.
Location: On Elton McSwain land
County: Shelby
Years in Operation: 1 year
Start Year: 1947
End Year: 1947
Decades: 1940-1949
Period of Operation: 1947
Town: Out of Center
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Other
Power Source: Diesel
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, a U21 International power unit, a 2-saw edger, a Fisher-Davis carriage, two 52-inch inserted tooth circular saws, a mill shed, a Chevrolet motor, a cutoff saw, a mandrel and feed works, a truck, and a Nabors log trailer.
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: J. W. Kimbro Lumber Company sold out to Foster S. DeWitt on April 1, 1947, for $1,000 cash and notes, its sawmill and equipment located on land owned by Elton McSwain. Equipment included the sawmill, a U21 International power unit, a 2-saw edger, a Fisher-Davis carriage, two 52-inch inserted tooth circular saws, a mill shed, a Chevrolet motor, a cutoff saw, a mandrel and feed works, a truck, and a Nabors log trailer. This is probably the Pappy DeWitt sawmill about which J. McSwain discussed with V. L. Beasley.
Research Date: MCJ 02-29-96
Prepared By: M Johnson