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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: LI-58
Corporate Name: Liberty Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Liberty Lumber Company with S. J. Bass, Jr., Manager. Originally, Devers Lumber Company.
Location: Liberty
County: Liberty
Years in Operation: 24 years
Start Year: 1952
End Year: 1975
Decades: 1950-1959,1960-1969,1970-1979
Period of Operation: 1952 to about 1975
Town: Liberty
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 4,163 in 1950
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Dimension, flooring, upper grades, siding
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: 40000: 197132000: 1972
Capacity Comments: 40,000 feet daily in 1971 and 32,000 feet daily in 1972
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: The Liberty Lumber Company began as the Devers Lumber Company in 1952. Devers Lumber Company operated a sawmill at Dime Box in 1957, according to Nelson Samson's directory of East Texas sawmills in 1957. Managed by Sam J. Bass, Jr., it produced building lumber with a work force of less than fifty. The company later changed its name to Liberty Lumber Company. It continued to operate through the 1970s. Liberty Lumber advertised that it manufactured “kiln-dried Texas yellow pine.” Doing its own logging, the company manufactured 7.5 million board feet in 1973 with forty-six employees
Research Date: JKG 12-14-93, MCJ 03-14-96
Prepared By: J Gerland, M Johnson