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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: JA-32
Corporate Name: Bean Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Bean Lumber Company
Location: Kirbyville
County: Jasper
Years in Operation: 7 years
Start Year: 1922
End Year: 1928
Decades: 1920-1929
Period of Operation: 1922 to 1928
Town: Kirbyville
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 1,400 in 1905; 2,200 in 1906; 3000 in 1928
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Rough and finished oak and pine timber; crossties, 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: 15000: 1928
Capacity Comments: 15,000 feet of lumber daily
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: 1928: Circular sawmill, planing mill, edgers, dry kilns.
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Gulf, Coast & Santa Fe
Historicial Development: Kirby Lumber Company records noted that the Bean Lumber Company owned “a little sawmill at Kirbyville” during the 1920s. It is possible that Kirby had a crosstie contract with this mill in 1922 to 1923. The Bean Lumber Company sawmill was still operating at Kirbyville in 1928. Bean Lumber Company was probably the company that replaced contract cutting for Kirby's tram road needs, when R. G. Brown Hardwood Company picked up in 1923 at Voth and fled the obligation of its contract.
Research Date: MCJ 01-07-96, JKG 2-23-94
Prepared By: M. Johnson, J Gerland