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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: HR-13
Corporate Name: Bering Manufacturing Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Bering Manufacturing Company with Conrad Bering, president; F. C. Bering, secretary and treasurer; A. Teichman, manger; A. C. Bering, assistant manager. A. Bering & Bro.
Location: Houston, German Street near the Texas Western Railroad depot
County: Harris
Years in Operation: 42 years
Start Year: 1887
End Year: 1928
Decades: 1880-1889,1890-1899,1900-1909,1910-1919,1910-1919
Period of Operation: 1887 to 1928
Town: Houston
Company Town: 0
Peak Town Size: 46,639 in 1905; 269,000 in 1928.
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Sash, doors, blinds, 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: 
Capacity Comments: Unknown
Produced:
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: A complete sawmill operation in 1894. By 1928, it was listed as having only a planing mill.
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Originally, Houston East & West Texas. Later, many railroads.
Historicial Development: The company was originally A. Bering & Bro. It advertised on May 13, 1887 itself as “Manufacturers, Wholesale and Retail Dealers in Doors, Sash and Blinds, Sash and Blinds' Trimmings, Sawed Shingle, Rough and Dressed Lumber, Planing Mill and Factory Near Union Depot 62 & 64 corner Main and Prairie Sts Houston Texas.” The first Bering Manufacturing Company activity of note before moving into the lumber industry in Louisiana, this company organized in 1891 with $40,000 stock capital. On four city blocks were a two-story machinery department, a two-story carpenter building; a warehouse shed, a store room; a boiler house; an office building; a shaving house; etc., etc. More than 100 laborers and skilled mechanics worked in the concern. Power was provided, in 1894, by a 250-horsepower steam Corliss engine and a 250-horsepower Corliss boiler. By 1928, Bering was operating only a planing mill at Houston.
Research Date: MCJ 05-06-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson