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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: AN-77
Corporate Name: W. J. Franklin Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: W. J. Franklin Lumber Company
Location: Neches, four miles from the Neches River and eleven miles northwest of Palestine
County: Anderson
Years in Operation: 1 year
Start Year: 1934
End Year: 1934
Decades: 1930-1939
Period of Operation: 1934
Town: Neches
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 261 in 1905. 1000 in 1928. 325 in 1934. 660 in 1946.
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Manufactured and retail lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Unknown
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 and lumber yard
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: International & Great Northern in 1872
Historicial Development: The W. J. Franklin Lumber Company was noted in the 1934 The Lumbermen's Credit Rating Book as having a sawmill at Neches, in Anderson County. It later had a mill about fifteen miles from Corrigan. Franklin Lumber may have bought either Wherry Brothers or Weaver Brothers & Thompson, neither operation surviving the Great Depression in its Neches' location. Webb noted that the International & Great Northern created a stop in Anderson County about four miles from the Neches River. The stop was named after the river.
Research Date: MCJ 03-06-96
Prepared By: M Johnson