Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: LI-66
Corporate Name: N. C. Edens Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: N. C. Edens Lumber Company. Southwest Lumber Mills, Inc. Edens-Birch Lumber Company; Corrigan Lumber Company. Cleveland Manufacturing Company (W. F. Edens, Emma Edens, S. B. Crawford).
Location: Box 548, Cleveland
County: Liberty
Years in Operation: 21 years
Start Year: 1946
End Year: 1966
Decades: 1940-1949,1950-1959,1960-1969
Period of Operation: 1946 to 1966
Town: Cleveland
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Manufacturers of pine and hardwood lumber, and oak flooring
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Unknown
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 30000: 1946
Capacity Comments: 30,000 feet daily
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill, planing mill, cross-circulation Moore dry kilns, rough lumber dry shed
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Santa Fe; Southern Pacific
Historicial Development: In 1946, the Edens-Birch sawmill plant at Corrigan was leased to Corrigan Lumber Company (Jim Ben Edens, Sam Crawford, and H. V. Kiley), who also then bought Cleveland Manufacturing Company, another W. F. Edens' firm. Corrigan Lumber Company, with firms at Corrigan and Cleveland, was directed by Jim Ben Edens, president and manager at Corrigan; Sam Crawford, manager at Cleveland; and H. V. Kiley, of Houston. In 1948, the Woodworkers International Union (CIO) lost an organizing vote at Cleveland: fifty-three to thirty-eight, of 105 eligible voters. It was not listed in any directories by 1966. For an excellent description of the modernization of the plant refer to the December, 1946, article of The Gulf Coast Lumberman listed below.
Research Date: MCJ 03-14-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson