Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: CS-43
Corporate Name: Fred A. McKenzie Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Fred A. McKenzie Lumber Company
Location: Box 535 Avinger
County: Cass
Years in Operation: 33 years
Start Year: 1928
End Year: 1960
Decades: 1920-1929,1930-1939,1940-1949,1950-1959,1960-1969
Period of Operation: 1928 to 1960
Town: Avinger
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: 1,600 in 1928; 519 in 1934; 546 in 1950
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Shortleaf yellow pine, hardwood, specializing in crossties and timbers. 1956: woven pickets, snow fencing, nursery shading, and corn cribbing.
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: 8000: 1928
Capacity Comments: 8,000 feet 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 edger and trimmer.
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Missouri, Kansas & Texas
Historicial Development: McKenzie was operating a sawmill and planing mill at Avinger in 1928. His sawmill, located at Johnson Creek, burned in 1929. The Directory of Texas Manufacturers, 1956-1958 lists Fred A. McKenzie as a sawmiller at Avinger. The firm was established as a partnership. Products included woven pickets, snow fencing, nursery shading, and corn cribbing. McKenzie supervised about ten employees. It is listed in the Directory of Texas Manufacturers 1960.
Research Date: MCJ 04-03-96
Prepared By: M Johnson