Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: PA-1
Corporate Name: Fairview Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Fairview Lumber Company with W. J. Clark
Location: 790 yards south of Sabine River on Highway 43, northeast of Tatum
County: Panola
Years in Operation: 13 years
Start Year: 1945
End Year: 1957
Decades: 1940-1949
Period of Operation: 1945 to possibly 1957
Town: Northeast of Tatum
Company Town: 2
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: 20000: 1950
Capacity Comments: More than 20,000 feet daily
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Cunningham Cab circular sawmill with an American planing machine
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: The Fairview Lumber Company with W. J. Clark appears in the Panola County records. The sawmill plant was located 790 yards south of the Sabine River bridge on Highway 43, which runs northeast from Tatum. Although the sawmill facility was located in Panola County, Clark's office was situated at Marshall, about thirteen miles north of the plant, in Harrison County. He may be the W. J. Clark listed in Nelson Samson's edition of 1957. This was one of several lumber companies in Panola County that used the opportunity provided by the Reconstruction Finance Corporation to restructure their financial obligations with federal guarantees.On June 13, 1945, Winston Clark filed a Reconstruction Finance Corporation mortgaged in the County records. The equipment listed included a two-story, 32-foot by 63-foot sawmill building; an oil house; a Cunningham sawmill with carriage and works; a 42-foot shotgun feed; three 52-inch saws and a 56-inch inserted-tooth saw; a 36-inch edger; a 20-inch two-saw trimmer; a log kicker; a log haul-up; a St Louis Corliss 12-inch by 36-inch steam engine; two boilers (a Houston Standard and Gamble 66-foot by 16-foot and a Browndell 84-inch by 12-foot; a 77-A Model 5 American planing machine; eight trucks; four trailers; five lumber buggies; a tractor; an air compressor; and various and sundry other items. The company disappears from public records by 1960.
Research Date: MCJ 02-08-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson