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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: CK-176
Corporate Name: William Thomas Holcomb
Local Name:
Owner Name: William Thomas Holcomb
Location: Holcomb community, five miles south of Rusk
County: Cherokee
Years in Operation: 2 years
Start Year: 1898
End Year: 1899
Decades: 1890-1899
Period of Operation: 1898 to 1899
Town: Holcomb community, south of Rusk
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber, cornmeal, cotton
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: 
Capacity Comments: Unknown
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill, grist mill, cotton gin
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: St Louis Southwestern
Historicial Development: The Cherokee County Historical Commission reports that William Thomas Holcomb had an industrial plant five miles south of Rusk, in what was known as Holcomb community, which manufactured cornmeal and lumber, and ginned cotton. Holcomb mortgaged in 1898 three yokes of oxen, a log wagon, and three horses. He mortgaged in 1899 to Tyler Machine Company a boiler and 24,000 feet of 1-inch by 12-inch by 20-inch lumber.
Research Date: MCJ 01-26-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson