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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: HO-19
Corporate Name: C. L. Morgan
Local Name:
Owner Name: C. L. Morgan
Location: On Brookfield Bluff on the Trinity River, five miles west of Porter Springs
County: Houston
Years in Operation: 5 years
Start Year: 1922
End Year: 1926
Decades: 1920-1929
Period of Operation: 1922 to 1926
Town: West of Crockett
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: 20 to 25 people
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Hardwood floorboards for the major automobile manufacturers at Detroit
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: International & Great Northern
Historicial Development: According to Lucille Terry, daughter of C. L. Morgan, her father established a sawmill on the Trinity River near Crockett in the early 1920s. Logging was done upstream on the Trinity. Logs dumped into the river floated downstream to a log boom made of cable which stretched across the river. Ms Terry remembered the loggers being “very skillful” as they moved about on the logs. The logs were placed onto a cable-drawn, log car that then moved up a railroad track to the sawmill. W. G. Breazeale, as a boy, observed the mill and its surroundings for its entire life. There were several small, tenant houses for the mixed work force, which took its meals in a dining hall. The cook was Afro-American; her husband was the mill's filer. No children lived at the mill site, although some local men who had families worked at the mill. Schools and churches, located about a mile to the east at Porter Springs, serviced the needs of workers, spouses, and children. The mill town consisted of Morgan's home on Brookfield Bluff and about a dozen tenant houses on the flat. Ms Terry spent the summer at Brookfield with her mother and siblings. She went to school in Longview, the family's hometown, and Mr. Morgan would arrive home for the weekends. Morgan, a sawmiller from Longview, also had mills at Jefferson and Oakwood.
Research Date: MCJ 02-20-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson