Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: AG-21
Corporate Name: Davisville Lumber Company
Local Name: Davisville
Owner Name: Davisville Lumber Company with John S. Doughtie. W. G. Harrington.
Location: Davisville intersection of Mill Creek an Southern Pacific tracks on FM 2021
County: Angelina
Years in Operation: 4 years
Start Year: 1906
End Year: 1909
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1906 to 1909
Town: Davisville, east of Redland
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: 110 in 1910
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Rough and finished 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: 30000
Capacity Comments: 30,000 feet of lumber daily
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Saw and planing mills
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Houston East and West Texas
Historicial Development: W. G. Harrington of Nacogdoches, according to county records, owned the Davisville Lumber Company of Angelina County in 1906. He was in financial difficulties and had to convey the property to W. G. Ratcliff, Trustee, for Stone Fort National Bank. In March 1909, John S. Doughtie of the Davisville Lumber Company at Davisville, east of Redland and two miles north of Lukfin, queried the Angelina County Lumber Company if it could “handle” his company for “thirty - ($30,000) thousand dollars.” His properties on 446 acres included wood assets of eight million board feet of standing timber, five hundred thousand feet of stacked logs, and seven hundred thousand feet of lumber. The property had dry kilns and furnaces. He had a commissary with stock and feed, fifty buildings and rent houses, office fixtures and furniture. His sawmill included an elevate, a log pond, a water pond, two large boilers, a shot gun feed, and an automatic gummer. The planing mill had a Hoyt machine, a Berlin machine, a rip saw, a re-saw, and an automatic sharpener.
Research Date: MCJ 12-04-95
Prepared By: M Johnson