Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: GR-25
Corporate Name: J. Youens and Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: J. Youens and Company
Location: Navasota, along the Navasota River
County: Grimes
Years in Operation: 27 years
Start Year: 1904
End Year: 1930
Decades: 1900-1909,1910-1919,1920-1929
Period of Operation: 1904 to early 1930s
Town: Navasota, originally Hollindale
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 3857 in 1906. 3284 in 1915. 8000 in 1928. 5128 in 1934.
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Rough and finished lumber, 1904. 1928, planed lumber. By 1934, J. Youens & Company was handling only retail 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: 50000: 1904
Capacity Comments: 50,000 feet daily in 1904. No listing for 1928.
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill and planing mill, in 1905. Planing mill in 1928.
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Houston & Texas Central in 1860. Gulf Colorado & Santa Fe in 1885. Southern Pacific (International & Great Northern) in 1900.
Historicial Development: J. Youens and company operated a lumber plant in Navasota for more than twenty years. It was listed in the 1907 Reference Book of the Lumbermen's Credit Association as having a planing mill and sawmill at Navasota. By 1928, the plant had only a planing mill. By 1934, the company was handling only retail trade in lumber.
Research Date: JKG 8-20-93, MCJ 03-06-94
Prepared By: J. Gerland, M. Johnson