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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: HR-20
Corporate Name: Brown Brothers Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Brown Brothers Lumber Company with Orris, Stokes, Clyde, and Curtis W. Brown.
Location: Sheldon
County: Harris
Years in Operation: 16 years
Start Year: 1930
End Year: 1945
Decades: 1930-1939,1940-1949
Period of Operation: About 1930 to 1945
Town: Sheldon
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Rough and dressed 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: Circular sawmill and planing mill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: None
Historicial Development: According to Doris M. Mills, a Brown family descendent, the Brown Brothers operated a millwork plant in Houston during the 1930s. The Great Depression ended the business there, and the family moved to Sheldon where they operated a sawmill until 1945. The Sheldon sawmill, located about halfway between Houston and Liberty, had a steam-powered circular sawmill, a planer, and a steam-powered kiln. Ms Mills remembered that the company did its own logging with mules and trucks. Shipping of product was by truck. The mill employed ten to fifteen men.
Research Date: MCJ 05-06-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson