Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: NA-268
Corporate Name: L. M. Brewer Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: L. M. Brewer Lumber Company. Nacogdoches Show Case & Mfg Co. with W. J. Moore, president, 1907. Sold by H. S. Cobb to R. A. Thompson and a Mr. Brewer of Nacogdoches, Brewer Lumber Company. [possibly Galloway & Wright Lumber Company earlier]
Location: Nacogdoches: Old Tyler Road, east side of Houston East & West Texas and north of Powers Street
County: Nacogdoches
Years in Operation: 18 years
Start Year: 1905
End Year: 1922
Decades: 1900-1909,1910-1919,1920-1929
Period of Operation: 1905 to 1922
Town: Nacogdoches
Company Town: 0
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Specialized manufacturing including trophy and show cases, shingles, and planing work
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: 
Capacity Comments: Unknown
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Unknown
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Houston East & West Texas; Texas & New Orleans.
Historicial Development: W. J. Moore opened The Nacogdoches Show Case Factory in Nacogdoches in 1905. It was located east of the HEWT tracks and 220 yards north of Powers Street. Moore's company, possibly the successor to the 50,000-ft planing mill plant of Galloway & Garrison Lumber Company, manufactured speciality items, including trophy and show cases. L. M. Brewer also opened a planing mill next to Moore's business, possibly as early as 1907. Brewer's plant, in October 1908, suffered a fire that burned part of the roof away. Moore speculated unwisely, including his involvement in the Southeast Texas Lumber Company, and was soon in financial straits. By 1910, the company was owned by H. S. Cobb of Dallas, who sold it to R. A. Thompson of Dallas and L. M. Brewer in April of that year. L. M. Brewer placed an ad in the Nacogdochdes Daily Sentinel in 1910 advertising the opening as well of his shingle mill. The ad reads, “I have put in a shingle mill at my place and will cut blocks for any one wishing it, on the halves.” The planing mill still was located in 1922, according to a Sanborn-Perris map, east of the Houston East & West Texas tracks and several hundred yards north of Powers street. Sometime after 1922, the grounds passed into the control of J. E. Stone Lumber Company.
Research Date: MCJ 04-11-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson