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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: JA-17
Corporate Name: C. M. Tomme and Sons
Local Name:
Owner Name: C. M. Tomme and Sons
Location: Gist, just north of Texla, on tracks of Sabine River and Northern
County: Jasper
Years in Operation: 4 years
Start Year: 1912
End Year: 1915
Decades: 1910-1919
Period of Operation: 1912 to at least 1915
Town: Gist, between Buna and Mauriceville
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Pine and gums; tie production was 85% of mill's business and timbers
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: 20000: 1915
Capacity Comments: 15,000 feet daily in 1912 to 20,000 feet daily in 1915
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Orange and North Western and the Sabine and Neches Valley after 1921, which linked with the Orange and Northwestern
Historicial Development: Established in 1912, the C. M. Tomme and Sons mill at Gist appeared in a 1915 directory of sawmills as having a daily cutting capacity of 20,000 feet. Board stock and timbers could be cut up to 24 feet, but most of production was in ties. C. M. Tomme & Sons began a hardwood mill at Hartburg in 1917. Gist, located between Buna and Mauriceville, and just north of Texla, was located on the Orange and Northwestern tracks. The town was the western terminus of the Sabine and Neches Valley Railroad. The community was named for J. W. Gist, an early settler. Gist was also the location for a logging camp called Slade's.
Research Date: JKG 10-15-93, MCJ 12-07-95
Prepared By: J. Gerland, M Johnson