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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: UP-29
Corporate Name: Dedman-Williams Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: J. L. Dedman and Buck Williams
Location: Gilmer
County: Upshur
Years in Operation: 7 years
Start Year: 1928
End Year: 1934
Decades: 1930-1939
Period of Operation: 1928 to 1934
Town: Gilmer
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 1,758 in 1905; 5,000 in 1928; 1963 in 1934.
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: 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: 
Capacity Comments: Unknown
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Planing mill and later sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: St. Louis Southwestern (Cotton Belt)
Historicial Development: Dedman & Williams Lumber Company was the only lumber mill at Elmer in 1934.. Five others had gone out of business by then. Later Nacogdoches County records reveal that these men were J. L. Dedman and Buck Williams. The name “Dedman” is misspelled as “Denman” in some documents. Denman Lumber Company had a planing mill in 1928 at Gilmer and a sawmill at Pittsburg. Denman Lumber appeared on the Accounts Receivables (December 31, 1929) for Texas Fence Company.
Research Date: MCJ 05-03-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson