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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SJ-5
Corporate Name: Bear Creek Lumber Co
Local Name:
Owner Name: Bear Creek Lumber Co., with C. E. Sawyer and L. C. Hamblen. R. B. Weatherall.
Location: On Highway 1725, eleven miles northwest of Cleveland
County: San Jacinto
Years in Operation: 3 years
Start Year: 1941
End Year: 1943
Decades: 1940-1949
Period of Operation: 1941 to 1943
Town: Northwest of Cleveland
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Rough and dressed lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Murray steam engine of 125 HP and a 72-inch by 18-foot steam boiler
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: 1941: #1 Cormacho portable sawmill. 1942: sawmill and planer-matcher
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: Hamblen and Sawyer first had a portable sawmill in San Jacinto County in 1941. The mill was probably located at or near Bear Creek. The equipment may have been part of the D. R. Sawyer sawmill in San Jacinto County in 1923, for the portable sawmill and its equipment was located on the farm of Henry Everitt, north of Cleveland. Bear Creek Lumber Co bought sawmill equipment from R. B. Weatherall of Huntsville and mortgaged it on November 21, 1942, to the First National Bank of Cleveland. The property had been moved to the Bear Creek Lumber sawmill property at Bear Creek, sixteen miles northwest of Cleveland. A mortgage of 1943 lists the company's equipment: a saw mandrel, a 16-foot 3-block carriage, block and cable, three boss dogs, an edger, a trimmer, a 48-inch inserted-tooth saw, three rollers, a dust conveyor, a diesel engine, a planer-matcher, and all belts and pulleys.
Research Date: MCJ 02-23-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson