Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: HD-56
Corporate Name: Nona Mills Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Nona Mills Company. L.B. Pipkin.
Location: Pipkin's Switch, 22.5 miles north of Kountze
County: Hardin
Years in Operation: 7 years
Start Year: 1884
End Year: 1890
Decades: 1880-1889,1890-1899
Period of Operation: Pipkin, about 1884. Nona Mills Company, 1884 to about 1890.
Town: Pipkin's Switch
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: Probably steam
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 25000: 1888
Capacity Comments: 25,000 feet daily in 1888
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Texas & New Orleans
Historicial Development: L. B. Pipkin of Jefferson County built a sawmill about twenty-two miles north of Kountze around the year 1884. He sold his interest in the mill to the Nona Mills Company on March 12, 1886. It is believed the mill continued to operate under new ownership for a few more years. By 1907, Pipkin had become secretary-treasurer of the Nona Mills Company. He also is listed in 1884 as having a mill at Kountze, Hardin County. This mill have operated as late as 1890.
Research Date: JKG 10-13-93, MCJ 03-13-96
Prepared By: J Gerland, M Johnson