Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: PA-47
Corporate Name: F. M. Harris & Son and Virgin Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: F. M. Harris & Son with a connection to Lee C. Pruitt, of Virgin Lumber Company
Location: Unknown
County: Panola
Years in Operation: 2 years
Start Year: 1907
End Year: 1908
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1907 to 1908
Town: Unknown
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: 12-inch by 14-inch Corinth steam engine
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: Sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Texas, Sabine Valley & Northwestern, became Texas & Gulf in 1905, at Carthage
Historicial Development: F. M. Harris & Sons mortgaged for a steam engine from A. Palmore, as Trustee, on January 22, 1907, in Panola County. They may have used it for sawmilling. Palmore, however, had given a mortgage on a complete sawmill the same day to F. Vansickle. Lee C. Pruitt had several sawmill businesses in Panola County during the early 1900s. One of them was a relationship with the Virgin Lumber Company. On September 28, 1908, with First National Bank, he mortgaged for $1,900 his entire interest in lumber manufactured by Virgin Lumber and the Harris sawmill, the latter located twelve miles from Beckville. This sawmill was probably that of F. M Harris & Son, for the N. S. Harris sawmill was mortgaged to J. W. Goode and W. S. Chadwick in October, 1908.
Research Date: MCJ 02-08-96
Prepared By: M Johnson