Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SM-54
Corporate Name: LaRoe Brothers
Local Name:
Owner Name: C. A. and J. D. LaRoe. Erwin & Hamilton.
Location: About eight miles west of Kilgore
County: Smith
Years in Operation: 7 years
Start Year: 1912
End Year: 1918
Decades: 1910-1919
Period of Operation: 1912 to 1918
Town: West of Kilgore
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Rough and dressed lumber and shingles
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Steam boilers and engines
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: No. 2 Fisher and Davis sawmill, a shingle machine, a planer, and an edger
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: Smith County records note that the LaRoe Brothers bought a sawmill in 1912 from Erwin & Hamilton, located about eight miles west of Kilgore. In January, 1916, the company received a release from Erwin & Hamilton on twenty-six acres bought from Tom Jordan in 1907. Two years later, LaRoe Brothers were buying land in the county.
Research Date: MCJ 04-17-96
Prepared By: M Johnson