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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SH-130
Corporate Name: J. T. Harris Lumber Company
Local Name: Center
Owner Name: J. T. Harris Lumber Co. C. F. Parker.
Location: Four to six miles west of Center
County: Shelby
Years in Operation: 1 year
Start Year: 1906
End Year: 1906
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1906
Town: Four to six miles west of Center
Company Town: 0
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: Steam
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 10000: 1906
Capacity Comments: 10,000 feet daily
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill and planing mill with a DeLoach edger and a Curtis circular saw
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: In 1905, the Houston East & West Texas at Tenaha; later the Gulf Coast & Santa Fe at Center
Historicial Development: Southern Industrial and Lumber Review reported that this mill was manufacturing 10,000 feet daily in 1906. In 1907, Harris advertised that he manufactured all types of lumber. In 1906 and 1907 he mortgaged to Dilley & Son machinery . He did the same with First National Bank of Center in 1908. C. F. Parker acquired the mill from a mortgage he made to Harris in August 1906, probably taking possession in early 1908. Harris opened another mill about a mile away in partnership with J. W. Doster. By 1908, C. F. Parker was having financial problems, continually mortgaging his lumber cut, both at the railyard and at his mill. He must have lost his mill on one of the mortgages, for by 1910, according to the Census, he was working as a filer in one of the mills. In 1910, Doster was listed as a sawmiller living at Precinct 1, residence 239.
Research Date: LT 08-17-93, MCJ 03-01-96
Prepared By: L Turner, M Johnson