Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SB-32
Corporate Name: Drayton Speights Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Drayton Speights Lumber Company
Location: On Highway 87, three miles north of Hemphill
County: Sabine
Years in Operation: 14 years
Start Year: 1944
End Year: 1957
Decades: 1940-1949,1950-1959
Period of Operation: 1944 to 1957
Town: North of Hemphill
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: Diesel D-13000
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 10000: 1950
Capacity Comments: 10,000 to 12,000 feet daily
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: 58-inch inserted-tooth circular sawmill, planing mill, both powered by a No. 10,000 Diesel Caterpillar unit.
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Trucking to Dallas
Historicial Development: W. T. Block's oral interview with Drayton Speights, of Hemphill, Texas, revealed the Drayton Speights Lumber Company operated a sawmill three miles above Hemphill from 1944 to 1957. Speights employed thirty-five workers most of the time. He did his own logging but contracted most of it out. His shipping was done by trucking, primarily to Dallas. Speights told Beasley that his mill closed in 1952. Samson still listed in his 1957 edition.
Research Date: MCJ 02-13-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson