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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: CK-158
Corporate Name: Henry Grogan
Local Name:
Owner Name: Henry Grogan. Grogan Brothers Lumber Company with Vernon Grogan and Henry Grogan.
Location: On the Tom Allen place
County: Cherokee
Years in Operation: 11 years
Start Year: 1950
End Year: 1960
Decades: 1950-1959,1960-1969
Period of Operation: 1950s to 1960
Town: On the Tom Allen place
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Rough and finished lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Electric
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 planer
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: None
Historicial Development: A Grogan forerunner of the later Grogan Brothers Lumber Company at Alto was a peckerwood mill located on the Tom Allen place. Most of the movement of timber, lumber, and product was done by muscle power, horse and human. The company operated a commissary. The operation was listed in Nelson Samson's Directory of Wood-Using and Related Industries in East Texas of 1957. Henry Grogan sold out to Vernon Grogan his share of the Grogan Brothers sawmill for $10, located on Highway 69 between Alto and Rusk. Equipment included an HD-7 Allis bulldozer, a D-4 cat, an International log truck, a log loader, and the sawmill and power plant.
Research Date: MCJ 01-26-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson