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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: LE-6
Corporate Name: Goolsby Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Goolsby Lumber Company. Vanice Ray Goolsby.
Location: Centerville
County: Leon
Years in Operation: 27 years
Start Year: 1942
End Year: 1968
Decades: 1940-1949,1950-1959,1960-1969
Period of Operation: 1942 to 1968
Town: Centerville
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 961 in 1950 Census
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Hardwood lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Probably 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: Unknown
Historicial Development: Vanice Ray Goolsby was a noted sawmiller in Leon County until his death in 1968. Goolsby worked with a number of other partners, including his brother N. G. Goolsby, Johnny Bill King, and T. C. King, before running his own operation. It was located south of Centerville, just east of Highway 75. He normally employed eight to ten workers. The sawmill was listed in Directory of Texas Manufacturers, 1956-1958 and Nelson Samson's Directory of Wood-Using and Related Industries in East Texas in 1957.
Research Date: MCJ 03-11-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson