Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: GR-13
Corporate Name: E. L. Dyer Lumber Mills
Local Name:
Owner Name: E. L. Dyer Lumber Mills
Location: Navasota, along the Navasota River
County: Grimes
Years in Operation: 24 years
Start Year: 1934
End Year: 1957
Decades: 1930-1939,1940-1949,1950-1959
Period of Operation: 1934 to 1957
Town: Navasota, originally Hollindale
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 3284 in 1915. 5128 in 1934. 4796 in 1950.
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Pine 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 & Texas Central in 1860. Gulf Colorado & Santa Fe in 1885. Southern Pacific (International & Great Northern) in 1900.
Historicial Development: E. L. Dyer Lumber Mills was first noted at Navasota in the The Lumbermen's Credit Rating Book, October 1934. Dyer had opened a sawmill facility at Navasota while operating another sawmill plant in the county. The mill was listed in Nelson Samson's 1957 edition of Directory of Wood-Using and Related Industries in East Texas.
Research Date: MCJ 03-04-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson