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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: HO-132
Corporate Name: Stephen White
Local Name:
Owner Name: Stephen White
Location: Randolph
County: Houston
Years in Operation: 2 years
Start Year: 1859
End Year: 1860
Decades: 1850-1859,1860-1869
Period of Operation: 1859 to 1860
Town: Randolph
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber and grain
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: 468,000 thousand feet of lumber during the reporting period of the Census
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Saw-mill and grist mill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: None
Historicial Development: Stephen White's multi-purpose operation of a sawmill and a grist mill manufactured lumber and ground meal. Valued at $3,000, it had raw materials including $761 in sawlogs and $3,750 worth of corn. It carried a monthly saw mill payroll of 3 men averaging $18 each and 1 men at the grist mill making $20 monthly. The sawmill produced 468,000 feet of lumber valued at $4,680 and 3,500 bushels of cornmeal valued at $4,200. White was notable in the early affairs of Houston County, one of the original petitioners in 1837 for the creation of the county, as the county's first district clerk, and in 1839 as a justice of the peace. Randolph was an early Houston County community situated to the east of Crockett. White probably shipped any export of cornmeal and lumber at Hall's Bluff and Alabama on the Trinity River. The coming of the International & Great Northern to Crockett in 1872, with greater opportunity for transportation, led to the demise of this early East Texas community.
Research Date: MCJ 02-21-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson