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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: AG-6
Corporate Name: Jack Creek Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Jack Creek Lumber Company. E.T. Clark, president; W.E. Porter, vice-president and general manager; J. H. Kurth, Jr., secretary-treasurer. 1909: J. E. Mitchell
Location: Caruthers, intersection of 36 and 41, northwest of Lufkin, earlier known as Peavy Switch
County: Angelina
Years in Operation: 15 years
Start Year: 1895
End Year: 1909
Decades: 1890-1899,1900-1909
Period of Operation: At least 1895 to 1909
Town: Caruthers, northwest of Lufkin, also known as Peavy Switch
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Rough and dressed lumber.
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Other
Power Source: Steam
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 25000: 1905
Capacity Comments: 25,000 feet of lumber daily
Produced:
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: A sawmill and planing mill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: 1900: Eastern Texas Railway, tapline for Central Coal & Coke Company at Kennard, in Houston County
Historicial Development: Jack Creek Lumber Company, situated at Caruthers, north by west of Lufkin, may have been operating by early as 1895. By 1900, it was being serviced by the Eastern Texas Railway. Jack Creek Lumber must have held a subsidiary position to the Angelina County Lumber Company at Keltys. Although the sawmill was at Caruthers, the office was at Keltys and one of the company's officers was J. H. Kurth, Jr. The Angelina County Deed Records indicate the intricate relationships of E. T. Clark, the Hendersons, and the Kurths. Much of the pine stumpage was located in the Jas. H. Kuykendall and Joel Hill surveys. The company was not incorporated until August 1906. Sawmilling was normally done on contract for the larger companies. For instance, it filled orders for Angelina County Lumber Company in 1907 and 1908 and for Carter-Kelley Lumber Company in 1908. In 1909, Jack Creek Lumber was attempting to sell timber and land to Southern Pine Lumber at Diboll in order to satisfy the former's indebtedness to the latter.
Research Date: JKG 9-12-93, MCJ 12-04-95
Prepared By: J. Gerland, M. Johnson