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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: JA-23
Corporate Name: Bean Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Bean Lumber Company. Bon Ami Lumber Company. Lee-Irvine Lumber Company.
Location: Leeton (Bon Ami) in east central Jasper County on the Santa Fe tracks
County: Jasper
Years in Operation: 7 years
Start Year: 1901
End Year: 1907
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1904
Town: Leeton (Bon Ami)
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Rough 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: 1904
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
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Gulf Colorado and Santa Fe
Historicial Development: Leeton's sawmilling history is confusing. Webb's Handbook of Texas notes only that D. J. Lee and his Lee-Irvine Sawmill Company, founded in 1901 at Leeton, was sold to Bean Lumber Company in 1902, which continued to mill lumber until 1928. Bon Ami was named in honor of a southwest Louisiana town of the same name by R.J. Cooper, the postmaster of Leeton, in 1902. Leeton was Bon Ami's original name.
Research Date: MCJ MCJ 01-07-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson