Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: PK-80
Corporate Name: Livingston Wood Products Mfg. Corporation (Ogletree)
Local Name:
Owner Name: Livingston Wood Products Mfg Corporation. 1973: Ben Ogletree, owner; Barry Ogletree, sales manager
Location: Box 312, Livingston
County: Polk
Years in Operation: 40 years
Start Year: 1946
End Year: 1985
Decades: 1940-1949,1950-1959,1960-1969,1970-1979,1980-1989
Period of Operation: 1946 to 1985
Town: Livingston
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 2,865 in 1950
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Flooring, roof decking, upper grades; fence material, highway stakes, ladder stock, molding, pattern stock, siding, , upper grades; pine lumber, wood chips, broom handles
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Electric
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 15000: 195225000: 196628000: 1975
Capacity Comments: Steadily expanded production capability
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: 1966: Sawmill and planing mill with gang, barker, chipper, edger
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: The Ogletrees owned or had owned several mills in the Livingston area. They had built one about 1929; acquired the Polk County Lumber Company mill in 1930; built another in 1940, which they sold to the J. N. Thornton Lumber Company in 1944; and erected the Livingston Wood Products Manufacturing Corporation in 1948. The Gulf Coast Lumberman noted in an article in 1950 that a fire damaged the plant to the cost of $35,000. The Texas Forest News carried an article in 1952 about the modern sawmill that Ogletree constructed at Livingston. The mill had a round-log gang saw, saw grinder, a lateral-adjusting log carriage, a dry kiln, and a finishing department. The mill was rebuilt and modernized. In 1973, it manufactured 6.5 million feet of pine lumber products. In 1987, working with pine, the company produced lumber, wood chips, and broom handles. The company also used in 1966 four lift trucks, a dry kiln, a hog, forty electric motors, three compressors, a moulder, a company-owned logging truck and one contract logging truck. It worked with southern pine.
Research Date: JKG 12-9-93, MCJ 02-27-96
Prepared By: J. Gerland, M. Johnson