Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: GR-10
Corporate Name: E. L. Dyer
Local Name:
Owner Name: E. L. Dyer
Location: A mile and a half north of Todd
County: Grimes
Years in Operation: 6 years
Start Year: 1915
End Year: 1920
Decades: 1910-1919,1920-1929
Period of Operation: Before 1920
Town: A mile and a half north of Todd
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: Small
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: International & Great Northern
Historicial Development: According to Waller County historians, E. L. Dyer had sawmills near Kickapoo Creek and then one about a mile and a half north of Todd before moving his mill to the Stoneham area in 1920. This mill was located north of Todd and west of the International & Great Northern tracks. Dyer built a one-room school beyond Huffman Springs and a large two and a half story house for himself between the school and the sawmill. Dyer and part of the community were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Saints, for a Mormon congregation met in the Todd School, which E. L. Dyer had built. Both Dyer and Jeanes, of the Todd sawmill, logged in the same area. Dyer used oxen while Jeanes had a Shay engine.
Research Date: JKG 8-20-93, MCJ 03-04-96
Prepared By: J. Gerland, M. Johnson