Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: GR-19
Corporate Name: J. E. Rosser
Local Name:
Owner Name: J. E. Rosser
Location: Shiro
County: Grimes
Years in Operation: 1 year
Start Year: 1928
End Year: 1928
Decades: 1920-1929
Period of Operation: 1928
Town: Shiro
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 1200 in 1928
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Rough and finished lumber. 1928: planed lumber.
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: 15000: 1928
Capacity Comments: 15,000 feet daily
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Circular sawmill, planing mill, edgers, trimmers, smoke kilns
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Trinity & Brazos Valley
Historicial Development: J. E. Rosser operated a sawmill at Shiro in 1928. The mill was still using the extremely dangerous smoke kilns, or “Arkansas kilns,” to dry its green lumber.
Research Date: MCJ 03-06-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson