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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: HR-88
Corporate Name: Hudson Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Hudson Lumber Company with O. F. Chichester of Chattanooga and local manager R. E. Goodgame
Location: Fifth Ward of Houston
County: Harris
Years in Operation: 1 year
Start Year: 1908
End Year: 1908
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1908
Town: Houston
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Pencil blocks for lead and slate pencil manufacturing
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Unknown
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 and block factory
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: The Southern Industrial and Lumber Review reported that seven sawmills operated along Buffalo Bayou in 1908. The Hudson Lumber Company was located in the Fifth Ward of Houston. O. F. Chichester of Chattanooga and local manager R. E. Goodgame owned the mill, which produced only pencil blocks for shipment to the Eagle Pencil Company in New York and London for making lead and slate pencils. Seventy employees, about fifty men and twenty women (the latter doing the lighter work of sorting the pencil blocks), worked in the mill. The gnarled and crooked cedar brake of Texas as well as Oregon fir and pencil cedar were cut by the sawmill, but no lumber was produced. Eight-foot lengths of wood were turned into cedar blocks 71/4-inch long by 3-16ths of an inch thick. Export was equally divided between New York and London.
Research Date: MCJ 05-06-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson