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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: AG-43
Corporate Name: Angelina Orchard Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Hooks Lumber Company. Angelina Orchard Company, Charles S. Bonant, Boston, president in 1905.
Location: Manton, northeast Angelina County
County: Angelina
Years in Operation: 9 years
Start Year: 1904
End Year: 1912
Decades: 1900-1909,1910-1919
Period of Operation: 1904 to sometime after 1912
Town: Manton
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: 150 in 1910
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Sawmill and planing mill
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: Angelina Orchard: Sawmill, crate and box company. Hooks: sawmill and planing mill.
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Texas & New Orleans
Historicial Development: The Beaumont Journal mentioned an unidentified Manton sawmill in 1904, which was probably the Angelina Orchid Company. The firm operated a sawmill and a box and crate factory at Manton in the first part of the century. It failed about 1912. F. M. Hooks Lumber Company bought the land, commissary, and tenant houses. When he cut the timber out, Hooks moved his sawmill and planing mill elsewhere. Guy Croom records that the small mill was between the old Moffett school and church. Logging was done by mule. Manton was, according to Archie Birdsong Matthews and Bob Bowman, a small sawmill center after the turn of the century. Located in northeast Angelina County on the tracks of the Texas & New Orleans. Webb noted that Manton “was a sawmill town in the early 1900's and had a population of 150 in 1910.”
Research Date: MCJ 01-12-96
Prepared By: M Johnson