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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: WK-25
Corporate Name: Clinton Randolph
Local Name:
Owner Name: Clinton Randolph
Location: Huntsville
County: Walker
Years in Operation: 15 years
Start Year: 1870
End Year: 1884
Decades: 1870-1879,1880-1889
Period of Operation: 1870 to 1884
Town: Huntsville
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: Probably 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: Huntsville Branch in 1872, later the International & Great Northern
Historicial Development: Clinton Randolph's family had been sawmilling in Walker County since the close of the Civil War. Census Records of 1870 and 1880 list him as a “sawmiller” although no sawmill is enumerated in his name. A sawmill, in 1870, was enumerated in the name of his brother Taylor Randolph. In the 1880 Census, Clinton's son, James Randolph, living in the same residence with his father, is listed as a “sawyer.” The first record linking an actual sawmill with Clinton Randolph appears in the Walker County record, filed June 3, 1882. A chattel mortgage noted that Clinton Randolph mortgaged his sawmill, gin, steam machinery, and “150,000 feet of lumber on a tract of 555 acres, part of the Juan Sanchez league . . .” to D. D. Alston. His sawmill was listed in an 1884 railroad directory.
Research Date: MCJ 03-30-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson