Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SH-176
Corporate Name: Norris Sawmill
Local Name:
Owner Name: Norris Sawmill. J. R. Graves
Location: West of Center
County: Shelby
Years in Operation: 1 year
Start Year: 1907
End Year: 1907
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1907
Town: West of Center
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 859 in 1905; 4000 in 1928; 2510 in 1934
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Probably 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: In 1905, the Houston East & West Texas at Tenaha; later the Gulf Colorado & Santa Fe at Center
Historicial Development: A lumber mill known as the “old Norris sawmill west of Center” existed at the turn of the century. In 1907, J. R. Graves was running a logging operation from the old sawmill and possibly even operating it. He mortgaged fifteen head of oxen and three log wagons that year, which were located at the sawmill site.
Research Date: MCJ 03-01-96
Prepared By: M Johnson