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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SJ-3
Corporate Name: A. P. Willis Lumber Co.
Local Name:
Owner Name: A. P. Willis Lumber Co. P. E. Castleberry.
Location: Shepherd
County: San Jacinto
Years in Operation: 7 years
Start Year: 1951
End Year: 1957
Decades: 1950-1959
Period of Operation: 1951 to 1957
Town: Shepherd
Company Town: 0
Peak Town Size: Unknown
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: G. M. diesel power unit
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 
Capacity Comments: Unknown
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill and planing mill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: A. P. Willis bought a small lumbering facility and sawmill community at or near Shepherd in 1951 from P. E. Castleberry for $50,000. The assets included the sawmill, a planing mill, houses, carriages, buildings, lumber, and logs. The A. P. Willis Lumber Company mortgaged a rebuilt diesel GM power unit to Stewart & Stevenson on October 18, 1954. The company appeared in the 1957 edition of Nelson T. Samson's Directory of Wood-Using and Related Industries in East Texas.
Research Date: MCJ 02-23-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson