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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: JA-50
Corporate Name: Greer Logging, Inc.
Local Name:
Owner Name: Greer Logging, Inc. with Greer Enterprises, Inc.
Location: Burkeville
County: Jasper
Years in Operation: 57 years
Start Year: 1940
End Year: 1996
Decades: 1940-1949,1950-1959,1960-1969,1970-1979,1980-1989,1990-1999
Period of Operation: From the 1940s to 1996
Town: Burkeville
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Sawlogs and sawtimber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Gasoline and diesels
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 
Capacity Comments: Presently 16 to 20 million feet annually
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: From animals and crosscut saws to mechanized equipment, including saws and a Barko 775 with Koehring sawhead
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: None
Historicial Development: Texas Logger in January, 1995, featured the Greer family business of Jasper County. Three generations of the Greer family (Homer Carl, Earl Ray, and Robert “Buddy”) have directed the logging operations of what has become Greer Logging, Inc., which does the logging, and Greer Enterprises, Inc., which handles the trucking and delivery of sawtimber to customers. Under the current direction of Buddy Greer, who supervises three logging crews of thirty men total, almost sixteen million feet of sawtimber is delivered to customers. The company slogan is “Forest Relocation Specialists.” The Greer operation originally used the crosscut saw, horses, mules, and wagons for moving sawlogs. As time has passed, the power saw replaced the crosscut and skidders have substituted for animal power. Two conventional crews and one mechanized crew do the logging at the present time. The Texas Logger reported that the mechanized crew “uses a Barko 775 with Koehring sawhead for felling. All the Greer loggers use grapple skidders with only occasional use of cables for hard to reach trees.” Homer Carl Greer, born at Prescott, Arkansas, in 1908, has worked with horses, mules, wagons, and modern equipment in hauling sawlogs. He relocated to Burkeville for the final time in 1948. Earl Ray Greer, Homer's son, returned from the Korean War to join his father in what was known as Greer & Son. Homer retired in 1977, and Buddy Greer, Earl's son, joined his father in running the operation. By the end of 1994, Earl Ray was semi-retired. During the years, the family has logged from the D. K. Shadduck mill at Wiergate, the Newton Lumber Company of Claude Williams, and Hart Lumber Company at Jasper. Currently, Wiergate Lumber Company and Temple-Inland are the main customers of Greer Logging, Inc.
Research Date: MCJ 01-08-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson