Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: GR-30
Corporate Name: Lake Creek Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Lake Creek Lumber Company
Location: Ulmer, two and a half miles from Richards
County: Grimes
Years in Operation: 3 years
Start Year: 1907
End Year: 1909
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1907 to 1909
Town: Ulmer
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber
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: 60000: 1908
Capacity Comments: 60,000 feet daily
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: International & Great Northern
Historicial Development: The Southern Industrial and Lumber Review reported in December 1908 that the Lake Creek Lumber Company had made many improvements to the sawmill town of Ulmer after their acquisition of the plant “a little over a year ago.” Some of the improvements were a new boarding house and new tenant houses for the mill workers. The American Lumberman noted in February 1908 that the company had been shut down for repairs before beginning milling after the middle of the month. In July, steam dry kilns were installed. The “Texas Manufacturers” section of the “Roster: Lumbermen's Ass'n of Texas,” in the Southern Industrial and Lumber Review of July 1909, included the Lake Creek Lumber Company of Houston. The Vaughan Lumber Company, for $17,315.52, bought all the lumber of the Lake Creek Lumber Company and obtained a one-year contract for the latter's cut. W. L. Womack handled the sale for Lake Creek Lumber at its Ulmer mill.
Research Date: JKG 12-29-93, MCJ 04-10-96
Prepared By: J. Gerland, M. Johnson