Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SJ-19
Corporate Name: F. M. Blair
Local Name:
Owner Name: F. M. Blair. W. T. Norman
Location: Shepherd
County: San Jacinto
Years in Operation: 2 years
Start Year: 1906
End Year: 1907
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1906 to 1907
Town: Shepherd
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 278 in 1906
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber, staves, and ties
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: Texas & New Orleans and, after 1906, Trinity Valley & Northern; Southern Pacific spur.
Historicial Development: Both F. M. Blair and W. T. Norman first appeared (and in error) as independent sawmill owners at Shepherd in the 1907 edition of the Reference Book of the Lumbermen's Credit Association. In March, 1906, F. M. Blair bought from the W. T. Norman tie and stave mill at Norman's Switch near Napier and Shepherd. Smith and Adams held the mortgage while Norman held a first vendor's lien against the property. Property included in the 1906 sale were a portable sawmill, a Cooper boiler and engine, a Cooper carriage and track, a mandrel (the saw, the saw box, and gearing), five oxen, two horses, yokes, chains, and harness.
Research Date: MCJ 02-23-96
Prepared By: M Johnson