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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SB-87
Corporate Name: Sabine County Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Tom Jeans, president of Sabine County Lumber Company (1919).
Location: Three miles west of Hemphill; later moved to Geneva
County: Sabine
Years in Operation: 5 years
Start Year: 1919
End Year: 1923
Decades: 1910-1919,1920-1929
Period of Operation: 1919 to 1923
Town: West of Hemphill; later Geneva
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Steam
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 30000: 1920
Capacity Comments: 30,000 feet daily
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Lufkin, Hemphill, and Gulf railway (the Knox Lumber Company tram road)
Historicial Development: On March 25, 1919, Tom Jeans, president of Sabine County Lumber Company, bought two miles of track, beginning at Watson Junction, from Hiram Knox, president of Knox Lumber Company. Watson Junction was on the Knox company tram road, the Lufkin, Hemphill, and Gulf railway. Drayton Speights, of Hemphill, Texas, recalled that the steam sawmill had a planer, employed about fifty men in the mill and the woods. Logging was done by oxen. Six court judgments between 1921 and 1923 gives strong indication that the mill was eventually sold at a sheriff's auction to satisfy creditors. E. D. Watson also had a financial interest in J. B. Christensen's Talltimber Lumber Company.
Research Date: MCJ 02-13-96
Prepared By: M Johnson