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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: JE-7
Corporate Name: Beaumont Lumber & Shingle Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: W. C. Gray, president; E. C. Wiess, vice-president.; N. N. Crary, secretary; T. S. Reed, treasurer; John N. Gilbert, director. Beaumont Lumber & Shingle Company
Location: Beaumont, on Brake's Bayou, above International Creosoting Company
County: Jefferson
Years in Operation: 16 years
Start Year: 1905
End Year: 1920
Decades: 1900-1909,1910-1919,1920-1929
Period of Operation: 1905 to 1920
Town: Beaumont
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Shingles, planed lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Other
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: 80,000 shingles daily in 1905; 175,000 shingles daily in 1906. 50,000 feet on the planer and 150,000 shingles in 1908.
Produced:
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill and shingle mill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Texas & New Orleans, Kansas City Southern
Historicial Development: The directors announced in July 1905 the charter for the Beaumont Lumber & Shingle Company had been forwarded to Austin. Capitalized at $30,000, the business was reported to be producing 175,000 shingles daily in 1906 with a workforce of forty men. In 1906, the American Lumberman noted that it was running a logging railroad. The Southern Lumberman in June 1908 reported that the Beaumont Lumber & Shingle Company was located on Brake's Bayou, with plenty of water transportation and two spur lines. It could produce 150,000 shingles daily with a total of thirty employees. The 50,000-ft planing mill was up to date. Lumber was drawn from two mills in Louisiana under its control and from one at Ruliff. Other records reveal that the Beaumont Shingle and Lumber Company operated at least one Baldwin (2-6-0) locomotive and twenty flatcars. The company stopped its sawmill operation in 1920 and put up the logging equipment for sale in January that year. The twenty flatcars had each a 60,000-pound capacity.
Research Date: MCJ 04-10-96
Prepared By: M Johnson