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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SM-49
Corporate Name: Joseph P. “Joc” Douglas
Local Name:
Owner Name: Joseph P. “Joc” Douglas
Location: On the Wm Ragland Survey in southern part of county
County: Smith
Years in Operation: 1 year
Start Year: 1871
End Year: 1871
Decades: 1870-1879
Period of Operation: After 1870 for “many” years
Town: None
Company Town: 2
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: 
Capacity Comments: Unknown
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: None
Historicial Development: Moorer and Carter, according to Dr. Woldert, who was raised in Tyler from the age of four in 1849, had a sawmill on the William Ragland Survey in the southern part of Smith County. This land was later owned by Dr. Woldert. Woldert writes that the sawmill “operated for many years after the Civil War, or until the boiler exploded, killing several employees. It was managed at one time by Mr. Burkett.”
Research Date: MCJ 04-17-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson