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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SA-31
Corporate Name: Broaddus Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Broaddus Lumber Company. Troy Carroll and Max J. Robertson. J. H. Busby (Busbee).
Location: On the Easter Wise survey, Abstract 315, one and one-half miles south of Broaddus
County: San Augustine
Years in Operation: 32 years
Start Year: 1945
End Year: 1976
Decades: 1940-1949,1950-1959,1960-1969,1970-1979
Period of Operation: 1945 to 1976
Town: South of Broaddus
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: Commissary, tenant housing
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Electric and steam
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: Circular sawmill and planing mill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: Hubert Busby, when interviewed by Vernon Beasley, reported that the J. H. Busby sawmill operated one and a half miles south of Broaddus from 1943 to 1960. The plant, its commissary, and its houses were sold to Troy Carroll, who operated it until at least 1976. Hubert stated that Carroll had operated another sawmill at Broaddus after World War II. According to San Augustine county records, Broaddus Lumber Company, with Troy Carroll and Max Robertson, were operating in 1976 on the location of the former J. H. Busbee Lumber Company mill site, located on the Easter Wise survey, Abstract 315, about one and one-half miles south of Broaddus. Equipment, valued at $168,000, included a Yates A-20 planer, a Taylor lift truck, a log fork, three Strick semitrailers, a Morbark debarker and a Morbark Chip-Pac, plus other items.
Research Date: MCJ 02-19-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson