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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: AG-49
Corporate Name: Charles Blackburn
Local Name:
Owner Name: Charles Blackburn
Location: Blackburn home place
County: Angelina
Years in Operation: 35 years
Start Year: 1920
End Year: 1954
Decades: 1920-1929,1930-1939,1940-1949,1950-1959
Period of Operation: About 1920 to 1954
Town: Blackburn home place
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber
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
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: Charley Blackburn sawmilled in the county until his death 1954, according to his daughter, Peggy Blackburn Gipson. It was a small operation, employing only two or three men. Charles Blackburn did independent-contract sawmilling for various local companies. A company note of the Angelina Lumber Company, in 1943, mentioned that he produced “good peckerwood lbr.” Mrs. Gipson reported her mother as saying that Blackburn “cut car stakes at his mill for Lufkin Foundry. The stakes were used to anchor the machinery that the foundry shipped on flatbed railroad cars. He also sold lumber to individuals for home use, as well as to the county for bridge building.”
Research Date: MCJ 01-12-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson