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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: CK-273
Corporate Name: Milton A. Smith
Local Name:
Owner Name: Milton A. Smith
Location: Chronister
County: Cherokee
Years in Operation: 3 years
Start Year: 1898
End Year: 1900
Decades: 1890-1899,1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1898 to 1900
Town: Chronister
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: 10-inch by 16-inch steam engine
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, planing mill, carriage with head blocks and saw dogs, a saw gang edger,
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Texas & New Orleans (Southern Pacific)
Historicial Development: Milton A. Smith operated a sawmill before 1900 on Beaver Creek in the Crossroads community. He moved the mill to Chronister about 1900, according to the Cherokee County Historical Commission. Actually, it was just a few years before 1900 when he moved the mill. A Cherokee County deed record of 1898 revealed that the Smith mill, which would become part of the Chronister Lumber Company, had the following equipment: a 10-inch by 16-inch Atlas steam engine, a 44-inch by 12-foot boiler, a steam pump 200-feet of piping, a saw frame and mandrel, a carriage with head blocks and saw dogs, a saw gang edger, two circular saws, 125-feet of belting, a gummer, a blacksmith shop, buildings and dollyways, a planing mill with a 24-inch single surfacer matcher, a #7 Ames engine, a 40-inch by 12-foot boiler, a resaw.
Research Date: MCJ 01-29-96
Prepared By: M. Johnson