Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: UP-161
Corporate Name: Dean Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Stephen Dean, general manager (1975)
Location: Gilmer: 1215 South Montgomery
County: Upshur
Years in Operation: 40 years
Start Year: 1957
End Year: 1996
Decades: 1950-1959,1960-1969,1970-1979,1980-1989,1990-1999
Period of Operation: 1957 to 1996
Town: Gilmer
Company Town: 0
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Dimension lumber from pine and hardwoods
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Electric and possibly steam
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 125000: 1993
Capacity Comments: 125,000 feet daily
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Chipper, circular and band
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: St Louis Southwestern (Cotton Belt)
Historicial Development: The Dean Lumber Company grew from less than twenty-five employees in the late 1950s to more than eighty by the 1990s. In 1973, the output was six million board feet, from elm, gum, oak, and slash pine. The plant manufactured more than 23,000,000 board feet in 1993, working with shortleaf pine. The wood treating plant can process 125,000 board feet daily. In 1993, some of the equipment included a circular saw, a gang saw, a chipping headrig, two debarkers, a board edger, a resaw, two trimmers, and three dry kilns. Bob Curries' article in Texas Logger in 1993 revealed that Dean Lumber was receiving its pine sawlogs from Robertson Logging of Ore City.
Research Date: MCJ 05-03-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson