Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: AG-70
Corporate Name: Ferguson & Co
Local Name: Lane's Sawmill
Owner Name: E. A. and W. F. Ferguson. W. B. Spencer. H. G. Lane.
Location: Lane's Switch south of Burke, on the Antonio Chevans Survey
County: Angelina
Years in Operation: 6 years
Start Year: 1883
End Year: 1888
Decades: 1880-1889
Period of Operation: 1883 to 1888
Town: Lane's Switch near Burke
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: 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: Houston East & West Texas
Historicial Development: H. G. Lane was listed on the 1883 county tax roll. He possessed $1,800 in manufacturing tools for his sawmill. In 1884, Lane accepted a Deed of Trust from W. B. Spencer in the sum of $3,200 for his Ferguson sawmill on the Antonio Chevans Survey. The sale included a log cart, a log wagon, three yoke of oxen, with the lumber to be delivered at Lane's Switch. Apparently, Spencer was unable to afford the sawmill, for H. G. Lane sold “Lane's Sawmill” in 1886 to E. A. and W. F. Ferguson. It was still located on the Antonio Chevans Survey. Property included two hundred acres, the sawmill, three yoke of oxen, one yoke of steers, three mules, and a log cart. In 1887 and 1888, Ferguson & Co had mortgaged various aspects of the plant with T. H. Williams of the Allen & Williams Lumber Company at Corrigan and with E. P. and H. V. McMickle of E. P. McMickle and Brother, assignee James D. Gann.
Research Date: JKG 2-15-94, MCJ 01-12-96
Prepared By: J. Gerland, M Johnson