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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: CK-63
Corporate Name: Bauman Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Bauman Lumber Company. James F. Bauman. 1968: Gus Whiteman.
Location: Alto
County: Cherokee
Years in Operation: 22 years
Start Year: 1951
End Year: 1972
Decades: 1950-1959,1960-1969,1970-1979
Period of Operation: 1951 to 1972
Town: Alto
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Hardwood lumber, studs, and pallets
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Steam, later electric
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 
Capacity Comments: Unknown
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: According to the Directory of Texas Manufacturers, 1956-1958, the Bauman Lumber Company at Alto was established as a sole proprietorship in 1951 with James F. Bauman as owner. In 1956, the company, working more than fifty employees, made hardwood lumber and pallets. It lasted until 1972, first under the direction of Jim Bauman and later under Gus Whiteman. It developed from a steam plant making studs to an electric mill making pallets. It employed more than fifty workers on the average. It was not listed in the Directory of Texas Manufacturers 1960.
Research Date: MCJ 2-28-95
Prepared By: M. Johnson