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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SH-139
Corporate Name: James A. Biggar Sawmill
Local Name:
Owner Name: James A. Biggar
Location: Butler Creek, about four and a half miles northeast of Neuville
County: Shelby
Years in Operation: 5 years
Start Year: 1906
End Year: 1910
Decades: 1900-1909,1910-1919
Period of Operation: 1906 to 1910
Town: Near Butler Creek
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber, cotton, and possibly cornmeal
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Other
Power Source: Gasoline engine
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: DeLoach sawmill, gin stand, and possibly grist mill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: The James A. Biggar Sawmill was located where Butler's Creek crosses the Neuville-Shelbyville road, about four and a half miles northeast of Neuville and several miles south of Shelbyville. The mill was a combination mill, in that it ginned cotton and sawed lumber. His mortgage and loan records reveal a technological world combining the Texas of the past with that of the new: oxen and eight-wheel log wagons, a DeLoach sawmill, and a gasoline engine were all mortgaged at one time or another. The census records of 1910 reveal that he lived at Precinct 2, residence 258, on the Shelbyville and Neuville Road, and that he owned a sawmill.
Research Date: MCJ 03-01-96
Prepared By: M Johnson