Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: AN-46
Corporate Name: L. G. Suggs
Local Name:
Owner Name: L. G. Suggs
Location: Neches, four miles from the Neches River and eleven miles northwest of Palestine
County: Anderson
Years in Operation: 2 years
Start Year: 1879
End Year: 1880
Decades: 1870-1879,1880-1889
Period of Operation: 1879 to 1880
Town: Neches. District 7 in Census.
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: 25- horsepower steam engine
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 
Capacity Comments: 1,500,000 board feet
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill with two circular saws and a planing mill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: International & Great Northern in 1872
Historicial Development: The mill of Laban G. Suggs operated for six months during the census year ending May 31, 1880. It was valued at $3,000, and Suggs paid from $1.00 to $2.00 per day each to twenty employees for a ten-hour shift. Pay varied from $1.00 to $2.00 daily for unskilled and skilled labor. He paid $2,250 total in wages. The plant cut 1,500,000 board feet from $4,600 in supplies and sawlogs for a gross value of $10,000. Suggs did his own logging. The Northwestern Lumberman reported that he also had a planing mill in 1880, and located his facility at Neches. Suggs did his logging in the “neighborhood.” Webb noted that the International & Great Northern created a stop in Anderson County about four miles from the Neches River. The stop was named after the river.
Research Date: JKG 12-1-93, MCJ 03-06-96
Prepared By: J. Gerland, M Johnson