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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: UP-69
Corporate Name: J. W. Cooper and and W. C. Hodges
Local Name: "Swamp Rabbit"
Owner Name: J. W. Cooper and and W. C. Hodges. J. W. Moody, Jr.
Location: Two miles northeast of Gladewater
County: Upshur
Years in Operation: 1 year
Start Year: 1875
End Year: 1875
Decades: 1870-1879
Period of Operation: 1875
Town: North of Gladewater
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
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: Sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: According to Gregg County records, J. W. Moody, Jr. had a steam sawmill two miles northeast of Gladewater known as the "Swamp Rabbit." The county sheriff sold it to J. W. Cooper and and W. C. Hodges for $26.00 in 1877. Cooper had been doing lumber work in the area since 1875. Jno Cooper provided lumber and labor for Edward Dewey's boarding house and hotel on the tracks of the Texas & Pacific depot at Gladewater. This may have become the Cooper Hardin & Co mill listed at Gladewater in an 1880 railroad directory.
Research Date: MCJ 05-03-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson