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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: LI-90
Corporate Name: Smith & Jackson
Local Name:
Owner Name: Smith & Jackson
Location: Dolan [Dolen], fourteen miles east of Cleveland, two miles south of Rayborn
County: Liberty
Years in Operation: 4 years
Start Year: 1904
End Year: 1907
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1904 to at least 1907
Town: Dolan, south of Rayburn
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Sawmill
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: 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: 35000: 1906
Capacity Comments: 35,000 feet daily
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Gulf, Coast & Santa Fe
Historicial Development: Smith & Jackson were listed in a Santa Fe Circular of 1904 at Dolan, two miles south of Rayburn, and in the Reference Book of the Lumbermen's Credit Association January rating of 1905 at Rayburn, but not in the 1907 LCA book. They did, however, in that year, lease five county convicts from Judge Black Simmons' court for work in apparently their logging operation for the sawmill. The monthly price per inmate was $7.50. One of the convicts, an African-American named Marvin Moore, escaped later the next April, after overpowering and injuring Constable J. W. Smith.
Research Date: MCJ 03-14-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson