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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SM-37
Corporate Name: J. W. McMeans & et al
Local Name:
Owner Name: J. W. McMeans & et al . R. H. Childers and B. F. Childers and W. S. Miles
Location: Lot 8 of Block 40 in Troupe
County: Smith
Years in Operation: 5 years
Start Year: 1904
End Year: 1908
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1904 to 1908
Town: Troupe
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 754 in 1905
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: Probably 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: Sawmill and planing mill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: International & Great Northern
Historicial Development: This small mill was listed in the 1905 edition of the Reference Book of the Lumbermen's Credit Association, but not the Southern Industrial and Lumber Review listing of September 1906. It was listed again in 1907 by the LCA. Smith County Deeds of Trust records indicate that the sawmill plant was probably located at lot 8, block 40 in Troup, in 1904. The Brothers did some of their financing in Cherokee County. R. H. and B. F. Childers in 1907 mortgaged to Farmer & Merchants Bank for $236, pledging an engine, two saws, shafting, and other items. R. H. Childers mortgaged five days later to W. S. Miles an half-interest in the sawmill, probably his own interest or an interest that he had purchased from B. F. Childers. J. W. McMeans & et al l in 1908 mortgaged to R. H. Childers for $300 a sawmill and fixtures.
Research Date: MCJ 04-17-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson