Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: HO-115
Corporate Name: Oliver Bass Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Oliver Bass, Jr.
Location: Kennard
County: Houston
Years in Operation: 30 years
Start Year: 1967
End Year: 1996
Decades: 1960-1969,1970-1979,1980-1989,1990-1999
Period of Operation: 1967 to 1996
Town: Kennard
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Pine lumber, siding and flooring
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Electric
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 35000: 197340000: 1975
Capacity Comments: 35,000 feet daily (1973) 40,000 feet (1975)
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: A circular, gang, chipper, dry kiln, planer
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Unknown
Historicial Development: The Letterhead of the Oliver Bass Lumber Company, dated December 9, 1969, stated that its product was “quality kiln dried yellow pine lumber.” Production grew from ten million board feet in 1971 to twelve million 1973. By then the company was employing about fifty workers. It did and contracted logging. In 1993, the plant was producing from loblolly pine, long leaf pine, and shortleaf pine a variety of select and common boards, dry dimension, timbers, siding. Complimenting the sawmill operation was a planing mill and dry kilns.
Research Date: JKG 12-9-93, MCJ 02-20-96
Prepared By: J. Gerland, M. Johnson