Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: MO-57
Corporate Name: Darlington-Miller Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Peach River Lumber Company was a division of Miller- Vidor. J. O. H. Bennette. Darlington-Miller controlled output in 1904
Location: Security (Bennette), ten miles east of Waukegan
County: Montgomery
Years in Operation: 3 years
Start Year: 1904
End Year: 1906
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1904 to about 1906
Town: Bennette (Old Security)
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Pine lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Probably steam
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 35000: 1904
Capacity Comments: 35,000 feet daily in 1904
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill and planing mill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe
Historicial Development: According to the January 1905 Reference Book of the Lumbermen's Credit Association, the Peach River Lumber Company manufactured lumber at their mill in Bennette as well as at their mill in Timber, both in Montgomery County. The mill have been founded by J. H. Bennette, but this mill appeared in a sawmill listing of 1904, but not one of 1906. Darlington-Miller Lumber Company, Galveston controlled output in March 1904. J.O.H. Bennette appeared in the January 1905 Lumbermen's Credit Association records as merely dealing in ties at Conroe. The Darlington-Miller Lumber Company of Galveston, in Center, Shelby County, founded in 1890 and with retail yards in Texas, Oklahoma, and Missouri, had been reorganized by C. S. Vidor, who bought Darlington's interest, and the firm was reorganized as Miller-Vidor.
Research Date: JKG 11-8-93, MCJ 03-19-96
Prepared By: J. Gerland, M. Johnson