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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SH-119
Corporate Name: J. L. Payton Lumber Co.
Local Name: Center
Owner Name: J. L. Payton
Location: Center, on GC&SF Rwy
County: Shelby
Years in Operation: 2 years
Start Year: 1905
End Year: 1906
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1905 to 1906
Town: Center
Company Town: 0
Peak Town Size: 859 in 1905; 4000 in 1928; 2510 in 1934
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber
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: 20000: 1906
Capacity Comments: 20,000 daily in 1906
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: In 1905, the Houston East & West Texas at Tenaha; later the Gulf Coast & Santa Fe at Center
Historicial Development: J. L. Payton operated a sawmill in Center. He was financed by B. A. Barnes Lumber Company, to whom he owed a $1,000 in 1905; he probably mortgaged his cut to the Barnes' planing mill operations. Southern Industrial and Lumber Review reported that this mill was manufacturing 20,000 feet daily in 1906.
Research Date: LT 08-17-93, MCJ 02-29-96
Prepared By: L Turner, M Johnson