Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: HO-126
Corporate Name: S. B. Blackman
Local Name:
Owner Name: S. B. Blackman with W. V. Langham
Location: Grapeland, about ten miles north of Crockett
County: Houston
Years in Operation: 7 years
Start Year: 1930
End Year: 1936
Decades: 1930-1939
Period of Operation: 1930 to 1936
Town: Grapeland
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 750 in 1905; 3,000 in 1928; 1027 in 1934
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Rough and dressed lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Unknown
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 and planer
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: International & Great Northern (Missouri Pacific)
Historicial Development: S. B. Blackman operated a sawmill and a planer about ten miles north of Crockett in 1930, according to Houston County records. In that year, he sold, for $235, to W. V. Langham his “entire sawmill known as the Blackman sawmill situated 10 miles north of Crockett in Houston County, property to remain in possession of S. B. Blackman as long as he operates mill on a commission basis to be 50% split of net profits of mill and planer.” Blackmon [sic] was noted as sawmilling at Grapeland in 1934 by the Lumbermen's Credit Rating Book, October 1934. Langham sold back his interest to Blackman in 1936.
Research Date: MCJ 02-21-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson