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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: PK-60
Corporate Name: J. W. Whitley Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: J. W. Whitley Lumber Company
Location: Carmona
County: Polk
Years in Operation: 39 years
Start Year: 1919
End Year: 1957
Decades: 1910-1919,1920-1929,1930-1939,1940-1949,1950-1959
Period of Operation: 1919 to 1957
Town: Carmona
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Pine and hardwood lumber
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: 10000: 1907
Capacity Comments: 10,000 feet daily in 1947
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: The Jacksonville Journal reported in 1947 that Whitley had been sawmilling since 1905 and had been at Carmona since 1919. He employed twenty-five to thirty men with a weekly payroll of $1,000. He used three trucks and four wagons in his logging. The newspaper also noted that Whitley had “erected houses for his employees.” This operation was listed in the 1957 edition of Nelson T. Samson's Directory of Wood-Using and Related Industries in East Texas. J. W. Whitley Lumber Company sold its lumber wholesale.
Research Date: MCJ 02-27-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson