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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: HR-38
Corporate Name: Continental Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Lynch Davidson, president; J.M. West, vice-president (West Lumber Company). Davidson-Ingram Lumber Company. Benford Lumber Company.
Location: Houston
County: Harris
Years in Operation: 5 years
Start Year: 1905
End Year: 1909
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1905 to 1909
Town: Houston
Company Town: 0
Peak Town Size: 44,639 in 1905
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber and shingles
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, shingle mill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Many railroads
Historicial Development: Lynch Davidson, after five years as secretary and sales manager of the Emporia Lumber Company, joined with J.M. West in forming the Continental Lumber Company and the West Lumber Company in January 1903. The initial mills of these companies were at Westville, Trinity County; and Stanley, Polk County. They had expanded to Houston by 1905. Davidson had earlier operated a wholesale lumber company at Houston and had joined with L. Ingram to form a milling company at Houston named the Davidson-Ingram Lumber Company. When Ingram retired in 1909, the company name was changed to that of the Benford Lumber Company, which had sawmills at Benford and Potomac. The Benford Lumber Company officers were Davidson, president; George M. Coale, vice president; and G. M. Seaman, secretary and treasurer. The Continental Lumber and Tie Company, another firm owned by Davidson, acted as the sales agent for the mills.
Research Date: JKG 10-13-93, MCJ 05-09-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson, J. Gerland