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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: WL-8
Corporate Name: Henry Reinhardt
Local Name: Reinhardt sawmill
Owner Name: Henry Reinhardt
Location: South of Friendship Community on the John Freese place
County: Waller
Years in Operation: 4 years
Start Year: 1930
End Year: 1933
Decades: 1930-1939
Period of Operation: About 1930 to 1933
Town: Ten miles south of Waller
Company Town: 0
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Slick-bark yellow pine lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: 40-horsepower diesel engine
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 3500: 1933
Capacity Comments: 3,500 board feet daily
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Frick #0 sawmill with a 48-inch Selver steel Atkins circular saw, and a planer
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: Henry Reinhardt operated a sawmill in the 1930s south of Friendship Community on the John Freese place in northeastern Waller County. Using a Frick#0 sawmill with an Atkins Selver steel 48-inch circular saw powered by a 40-horsepower diesel engine, the daily cutting capacity was 3,500 board feet. The mill also included a planer. Reinhardt sold slabs and edgings for fifty cents per load and sold board ends to a cabinet maker in Bellville. At first sawdust was shoveled out by hand, but later it was moved by a sawdust chain and hauled to the unsold slab and edging pile. There all the debris was burned. Reinhardt's sons Oscar and Albert later operated the mill before moving it to Rosehill, Harris County.
Research Date: MCJ 04-01-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson