Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: CS-30
Corporate Name: N. D. Caton Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: D. W. Downey Lumber Company. N. D. Caton Lumber Company.
Location: Mims Chapel area, near Avinger
County: Cass
Years in Operation: 10 years
Start Year: 1920
End Year: 1929
Decades: 1920-1929
Period of Operation: 1920s
Town: Mims Chapel
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: 519 in 1934;1,600 in 1928; 519 in 1934
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Shortleaf yellow pine, hardwood, specializing in crossties
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Steam
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 20000: 1928
Capacity Comments: 20,000 sawmill feet daily and 20,000 planing mill daily
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Circular sawmill and planing mill, with edgers, trimmers, dry kilns
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Missouri, Kansas, & Texas
Historicial Development: Downey was operating a sawmill and planing mill, with a commissary, at Avinger in 1928. Fred McKenzie's work indicates that the lumber plant was founded some years earlier. McKenzie believed that N. D. Caton bought the company from Downey before 1928.
Research Date: MCJ 04-03-96
Prepared By: M Johnson