Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SA-57
Corporate Name: Dr. G. T. Mitchell
Local Name:
Owner Name: Dr. G. T. Mitchell and J. H. Goodwin. H. C. and W. G. Carroll. J. R. Greer and R. C. Downs
Location: Denning
County: San Augustine
Years in Operation: 20 years
Start Year: 1901
End Year: 1920
Decades: 1900-1909,1910-1919,1920-1929
Period of Operation: 1901, 1910, 1920
Town: Denning
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: Tenant housing
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: 
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: Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe
Historicial Development: A local newspaper of Nacogdoches mentioned in 1901 that Frank Blount had come in from San Augustine with teams and wagons to move new machinery for Dr. Mitchell's sawmill, which would be located near Denning. In February 1902 Mitchell and his partner J. H. Goodwin had been in Nacogdoches buying machinery for the sawmill. On 3 May 1920, according to San Augustine County bill of sale records, Dr. G. T. Mitchell sold sawmill machinery located on the doctor's farm to C. H. and W. G. Carroll, including a Chandler-Taylor 11-inch by 14-inch steam engine, a 14-feet by 40-inch 50-horsepower steam boiler, and a sawmill complete with an Henderson edger, and tenant houses, sheds, and dry kilns on said farm. A bill of sale dated 10 February 1921 indicates that the mill had been moved a short distance to the Whitton place about seven miles west of San Augustine and then sold to J. R. Greer and R. C. Downs, who probably moved much of the equipment to their mill location near New Hope, several miles away.
Research Date: MCJ 02-19-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson