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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SM-65
Corporate Name: Sessions Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Homer and Rube Sessions. Arp Lumber Company. Sessions Lumber Company.
Location: Highways 135 and 2107, southwest of Arp
County: Smith
Years in Operation: 19 years
Start Year: 1931
End Year: 1949
Decades: 1930-1939,1940-1949
Period of Operation: 1931 to the 1940s
Town: Arp
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Pine and hardwood 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: 40000: 1945
Capacity Comments: 40,000 feet daily
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: Missouri Pacific
Historicial Development: M. Cooper told Vernon L. Beasley that Homer Sessions' sawmill at Arp had a daily cutting capacity of 40,000 feet. He remembered that it was a “big mill” with a commissary, tenant houses, and a planer. According Cooper, Sessions built a larger mill at Artesia, New Mexico, which corresponds with the information above. The Smith County records reveal that Homer Sessions had bought land in the Easton Gee League in 1937 and that his operation was located about one mile southwest of Arp. In 1931, according to the Cherokee County History, Sessions opened the Arp Lumber Company at Arp, Texas, and a lumber yard at nearby Troup, Texas.
Research Date: MCJ 04-17-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson