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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: TY-16
Corporate Name: Chester Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Chester Lumber Company. 1943: J. H. Marsh, Harold David.
Location: Chester
County: Tyler
Years in Operation: 27 years
Start Year: 1943
End Year: 1969
Decades: 1940-1949,1950-1959,1960-1969
Period of Operation: 1943 to no later than May 6, 1969
Town: Chester
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: Unknown
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 8000: 1947
Capacity Comments: In 1947, 8,000 feet daily on the sawmill and 10,000 on the planing mill
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: In 1943, sawmill, planing mill, and dry kilns
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: The Jacksonville Courier noted in 1947 that the sawmill plant had been built in 1943. J. H. Marsh and Harold David owned and operated the small lumber manufacturing facility, which consisted of a sawmill, planing mill, and dry kilns. Marsh managed the business from Moscow while David, of Chester, was the plant manager and woods superintendent. The newspaper mentioned they were building a new plant and employed fifteen to eighteen men. The Chester Lumber Company was listed in the “List of Manufacturers Who Are Members of TFPMA, Spring 1967.” The name of the company was on an address list of the Southern Pine Inspection Board in 1968. An annotation to a Participating Members roster of the TFPMA record, dated May 6, 1969, records that Chester Lumber Company was “Closed.”
Research Date: MCJ 02-21-96
Prepared By: M Johnson