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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: AG-14
Corporate Name: Boynton Brothers doing business as Retsel Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Boynton Brothers: Walter, Chapman, and Lester Boynton doing business as Retsel Lumber Company
Location: Zavalla: northwest corner of highway 35 and 69
County: Angelina
Years in Operation: 13 years
Start Year: 1920
End Year: 1932
Decades: 1920-1929,1930-1939
Period of Operation: 1920 to the early 1930s
Town: Zavalla
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 300 in 1928
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Variety of hardwoods and shortleaf yellow pine; crossties, timbers.
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: 25000
Capacity Comments: 25,000 feet daily in 1928
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Circular sawmill, planing mill, edgers, trimmers, dry kilns
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Texas & New Orleans
Historicial Development: Guy Croom wrote that Boynton Brothers built a sawmill at Zavalla about 1920. It employed about seventy workers. The mill was out of business by the early 1930s. C. Ford remembered that it was on the tracks of the Texas & New Orleans and that the cutting capacity was 25,000 feet. Angelina County records reveal that Boynton Brothers did business in Zavalla under the company name of Retsel Lumber Company. Its primary wholesaler was Geo C. Vaughan Lumber Company. The Retsel Lumber Company was listed in 1928 as cutting 25,000 feet daily of hardwoods and pine into crossties and timbers, according to the Southern Lumberman's Directory of American Saw Mills and Planing Mills. The sawmill plant was a complete operation with a circular sawmill, planing mill, edgers, trimmers, and dry kilns. Its products included shortleaf yellow pine and hardwood crossties, lumber, and timbers. Some of its timber holdings were located along Popher Creek.
Research Date: JKG 11-29-93, MCJ 12-04-95
Prepared By: J. Gerland , M Johnson