Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: HO-93
Corporate Name: Lone Star Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Lone Star Lumber Company with M. M. Ditmar, president. James and O. C. Grounds.
Location: Kennard
County: Houston
Years in Operation: 1 year
Start Year: 1944
End Year: 1944
Decades: 1940-1949
Period of Operation: 1944
Town: Kennard
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: International PA-100 unit
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Diesel
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: Unknown
Historicial Development: In 1944, Lone Star Lumber Company bought the portable sawmill outfit of James D. and O. C. Grounds. Equipment included a “portable sawmill complete with 1 International PA-100 power unit, two 60” circular saws, carriage & set works, edger, also 2 log trailers.” Lone Star Lumber was owned by M. M. Ditmar, according to the Directory of Texas Manufacturers. He employed more than fifty workers. The company did its own logging and sold its products state-wide. Grounds Lumber Company, headquartered in Rusk County, operated several small mills in Rusk and Nacogdoches counties previously.
Research Date: MCJ 2-20-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson