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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SA-202
Corporate Name: W. W. Wall & Son
Local Name:
Owner Name: W. W. “Uncle Bud” Wall land Warren F. Wall
Location: Goodwin sector near Denning
County: San Augustine
Years in Operation: 38 years
Start Year: 1910
End Year: 1947
Decades: 1910-1919,1920-1929,1930-1939,1940-1949
Period of Operation: Sometime after 1910 to at least 1947
Town: Goodwin sector near Denning
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber and cotton
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Steam, water, and gas for sawmill and electricity for the gin
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 4000: 1920
Capacity Comments: From 4,000 feet to 10,000 feet daily on sawmill and about 5,000 feet daily on the planing mill
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill, planing mill, cotton gin
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: W. W. Wall, known as “Uncle Bud,” according to The Jacksonville Journal in 1947, established a cotton gin in San Augustine County in 1910. Sometime later, Wall built a sawmill and added a planing mill. By 1947, Wall had taken his son Warren F. Wall as his partner. That year they were sawmilling in the “Goodwin sector”. The sawmill's daily capacity depended upon its product: about 4,000 to 5,000 feet for rough lumber and about 10,000 feet for bridge timbers. The gin operated two seventy-saw stands. This is probably the unidentified sawmill operation that Maxie Martin, an old-time San Augustine County resident, remembered as being at Goodwin after 1900.
Research Date: MCJ 02-19-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson