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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SH-123
Corporate Name: J. M. Pigg Lumber Company
Local Name: Center
Owner Name: J. M. Pigg. Pigg & Fowler.
Location: Center
County: Shelby
Years in Operation: 3 years
Start Year: 1905
End Year: 1907
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1905 to 1907
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 feet daily in 1906
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: #1 Henderson sawmill, with 52-inch and 56-inch circular saws, a Curtis swinging cutoff saw, a Curtis 30-inch 3-saw edger, and a Dixie side filer
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: In 1905, the Houston East & West Texas at Tenaha; later the Gulf Coast & Santa Fe at Center
Historicial Development: A reference in the Shelby County records refer to a sawmill of Pigg & Fowler. Southern Industrial & Lumber Review reported that this mill was manufacturing 20,000 feet daily in 1906. In 1906, Pigg mortgaged to Dilley a 30-inch 3-saw edger, front and rear rollers, a swinging cutoff saw, and a side filer. In 1907, Pigg mortgaged to W. C. Lout for $300 a Henderson #1 sawmill and two circular saws, 52-inch and 56-inch.
Research Date: LT 08-17-93, MCJ 03-01-96
Prepared By: L Turner, M Johnson