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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: HO-84
Corporate Name: Kennard Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Kennard Lumber Co. J. A. Parker; Hubert Williams; C. D. Killian, Wyndle Killian, Vernon Castle, Travis Casell, and Thomas Castle of Harrison; Paul L. Rounsville, who lost the company to a bank; J. A. Parker of Brabham-Parker Lumber Co
Location: Kennard
County: Houston
Years in Operation: 6 years
Start Year: 1954
End Year: 1959
Decades: 1950-1959
Period of Operation: 1954 to 1959
Town: Kennard
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Rough and finished lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Other
Power Source: Steam, gasoline, and electric
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 
Capacity Comments: Unknown
Produced:
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill and planing mill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: The Kennard Lumber Company, operating at Kennard, went through a series of ownership changes from 1954 to 1959, according to Houston County public records. In July, 1954, J. A. Parker sold it to Hubert Williams, who then sold it to C. D. Killian, Wyndle Killian, Vernon Castle, Travis Casell, and Thomas Castle of Harrison, Texas. By 1959, the company president was Paul L. Rounsville, who lost the company to a bank. The bank then sold it back to J. A. Parker of Montgomery County. The Kennard plant was a steam-powered, circular sawmill with a planing operation, dry kilns, and other electric and gasoline motors. Kennard Lumber Company, of Kennard, Houston County, sold four GMC and Chevrolet trucks and tractors and four log trailors for $6,889 to Commercial Lumber Company on 3 January 1958. J. A. Parker also had interests in the Brabham-Parker Lumber Company, the J. A. Parker Lumber Company, and the Kennard Lumber Company, all of Montgomery County.
Research Date: MCJ 02-20-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson