Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: HO-133
Corporate Name: Stowe Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Stowe Lumber Company. Crockett Hardwood and Pine Lumber Co. Earl Stowe. F[rank]. E. Bain (Bayne) and F. Y. Collier.
Location: Crockett. Stowe: 800 South 1st Street.
County: Houston
Years in Operation: 53 years
Start Year: 1928
End Year: 1980
Decades: 1920-1929,1930-1939,1940-1949,1950-1959,1960-1969,1970-1979,1980-1989,
Period of Operation: At least 1928 to 1980
Town: Crockett
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 9000 in 1928; 4441 in 1934; 5,932 in 1950
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Finished hardwood lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Steam
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 20000: 193040000: 1950
Capacity Comments: 20,000 feet daily: (Crockett Hardwood and Pine Lumber) 40,000 feet daily: (Stowe Lumber Co.)
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: In 1928, circular sawmill and planing mill, dry kiln.
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: International & Great Northern (Missouri Pacific)
Historicial Development: Crockett Hardwood and Pine Lumber Company appeared in the 1928 edition of Southern Lumberman's Directory of American Saw Mills and Planing Mills and again in the The Lumbermen's Credit Rating Book, October 1934. W. T. Block notes that this company's business was extensive, cutting many types of hardwood and selling state-wide to furniture, cooperate, and other trades. In 1943, the owners, F. E. Bain and F. Y. Collier, sold the company to Earl Stowe, according to Houston County records: “main lumber shed, office, planing shed, planing machine, engine, planing mill equipment, boiler and boiler house, dry kiln and sawmill of Crockett Hardwood and Pine Lumber Co.” The company's name was changed to the Stowe Lumber Company, located at 800 South 1st Street at Crockett. Employing eighty workers, Stowe market yellow pine and hardwood products state-wide. In 1959, he added an A-20 Yates American planer-matcher to his operations. In the 1960s, steam and electricity operated a circular saw, a barker, and edger, two planers, dry kilns, and log lift trucks. The company was listed until 1980 in various directories.
Research Date: JKG 12-10-93, MCJ 2-27-95
Prepared By: J. Gerland, M. Johnson