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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: AG-1
Corporate Name: Burke Lumber Company
Local Name: Burke Lumber Company
Owner Name: T. J. and S. J. Treadwell with Burke Lumber Company
Location: West of Burke at intersection of 63 and 63A
County: Angelina
Years in Operation: 29 years
Start Year: 1892
End Year: 1920
Decades: 1890-1899,1900-1909,1910-1919,1920-1929
Period of Operation: Probably built in 1891 or 1892 and may have operated into the 1920s.
Town: Burke
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: 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: 2000: 1893
Capacity Comments: 20,000 feet of lumber in 1893
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Houston East & West Texas
Historicial Development: The Treadwells were buying in Burke in 1886; that year S. J. and S. E. Treadwell bought a lot in town from H. Belote. In 1891, T. J. and S. J. Treadwell purchased blocks in the Antonio Chevans grant to the south, along the tracks of the Houston East and West Texas. They probably built their mill in Burke during that year. It appeared in the Galveston Weekly News in 1893 as cutting 20,000 board feet a day. The family continued to grow in importance in the town. Besides the mill, the Treadwells owned a company storehouse and general mercantile in Burke, located just opposite and east of the Houston East and West Texas depot.
Research Date: JKG 12-29-93, MCJ 12-04-95
Prepared By: J. Gerland, M. Johnson