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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SM-38
Corporate Name: J. W. Rider
Local Name:
Owner Name: J. W. Rider
Location: Tyler
County: Smith
Years in Operation: 1 year
Start Year: 1897
End Year: 1897
Decades: 1890-1899
Period of Operation: 1897
Town: Tyler
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 8,069 in 1905
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber, shingles, doors, sash, blinds, mouldings, building supplies, etc.
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Steam, possibly 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 planing mill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: International & Great Northern; St. Louis & Southwestern
Historicial Development: Very little is recorded about J. W. Rider. A company letterhead of March 1, 1897, states that J. W. Rider was a “Wholesale Retail Dealer in General Merchandise, Saw Mill Supplies, etc.” with its office at Bettie, in Upshur County, Texas. The same letterhead claimed that the firm was a “Manufacturer and Wholesale and Retail Dealer in Lumber, Shingles, Doors, Sash, Blinds, Mouldings, Building Material, Etc.,” with its office at Tyler, in Smith County, Texas.
Research Date: MCJ 04-17-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson