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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: UP-41
Corporate Name: G. C. Williams
Local Name:
Owner Name: G. C. Williams. Gentry-Hillis Lumber Company.
Location: Ashland
County: Upshur
Years in Operation: 1 year
Start Year: 1907
End Year: 1907
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1907
Town: Ashland
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: 41 in 1906
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: 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: 
Capacity Comments: Unknown
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill, planing mill, 21 mules, 1 Milburn log wagons, 1 Owensboro log wagon, 1 Espenchied log wagon, 5 tenant houses, carriage, sawmill husk, 3-saw edger, Glencoe planer, saw gummer, saw swage
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Texas Southern
Historicial Development: Reference Book of the Lumbermen's Credit Association, January 1907 listed J. C. Williams of Ashland as owning a sawmill. He apparently also owned a planing mill. In September 1907, Williams sold the mill and his logging outfit (including twenty-one mules, two Milburn log wagons, one Owensboro log wagon, one Espenchied log wagon, five tenant houses, a carriage, a sawmill husk, a three-saw edger, a Glencoe planer, a saw gummer, and a saw swage) to D. W. Hills, E. G. Gentry and D. S. Shelburne for $15,175.87. A specific sawmill is not listed in the document recorded in the county records about the sale; it is possible that the sawmill either burned or Williams kept it for himself. The price of the sale as well as the extensive and expensive inventory of physical and material items indicate that Williams sold the entire plant to Hills et al.
Research Date: MCJ 05-03-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson